Various media reports indicate there was a certain lack of focus at last night's Eagle Raid town hall meeting. More recent controversies — like last week's Occupy Atlanta bust and Mayor Kasim Reed's declaration that he doesn't support the legalization of gay marriage — dominated the forum, but the meeting ended with an olive branch extended and a pledge from the mayor.
Attorney Dan Grossman, who has represented victims of the unlawful 2009 raid in three separate suits, stood and suggested that he and the mayor end their cold war. And have a nosh. From Project Q:
“I think the court is the worst place to resolve these problems,” Grossman said near the end of the nearly two-hour town hall. “I encourage us to sit down, as well as other attorneys. It is time for some healing. It is time for a bunch of people who love the city in their own ways to make something constructive happen.”
Reed agreed and Grossman quickly followed up: “Let’s have lunch.”
Reed also offered a conciliatory gesture of his own. From the GA Voice:
Reed ... said he would hold a status conference with representatives from the city and the Eagle discussing before a federal judge whether or not the city has complied with all of the police reforms mandated in the December settlement.
He said he would like to have it videotaped and then have the video posted the internet for the public to view "so we can stop having this argument." Reed said at the town hall forum he would instruct City Attorney Cathy Hampton, who was in attendance last night, to begin setting up today such a conference with Grossman.
In a conversation with CL today, Grossman said, "Wars can't go on forever. It was time for one of us to take the first step —- you can't fight forever. It’s time to move on and do something good for the city. I hope he picks up my little olive branch."
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