Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reed, Turner give Eagle town hall meetings another shot

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner will appear at a town hall-style meeting tonight to — according to the GA Voice — "cover general community and public safety concerns, as well as ongoing controversy over the Eagle Raid."

This sounds familiar ...

In July 2010, Turner and Reed attended a similar meeting at Inman Middle School, and it didn't exactly go well. Attorney Dan Grossman called Reed "disingenuous," Reed defended himself, saying, "This didn't happen under my watch ... I care very deeply about what happened at the Eagle," and then, after about a minute, he stormed out.

That meeting took place before a settlement was reached in the first Eagle Raid lawsuit — a settlement that resulted in two investigations, a $1.025 million settlement and multiple officer firings — and it seemed that was part of the friction. Currently, there's another lawsuit pending, filed by Eagle raid patrons who didn't participate in the first suit. And, thus far, the city has maintained that there was no wrongdoing.

I guess what I'm saying is, it seems unlikely this meeting will be any more productive than the last one. But it should be interesting. The meeting takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street NE.

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