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Atlanta Eagle Raid Cops: “More Fun Than Raiding N***ers With Crack”

Jim Burroway

September 16th, 2009

Many police departments have someone designated as a liaison to the LGBT community. For many departments, these liasons are respected and valued officers who serve an important role in the department’s dealings with the LGBT community. For other departments, the position is nothing but window-dressing. In Atlanta, where the LGBT liaison was kept out of the loop during the raid — and didn’t even have basic information about what happened late the following afternoon, it’s increasingly clear that the Atlanta Police Department views its liaison as nothing but a prop.

More evidence has piled up now that the Atlanta Police have released nine complaints against police officers who raided the Atlanta Eagle last week. None of the bars patrons were arrested or charged with anything, but all of them were subjected to some pretty vile treatment. Here are some exerpts from those complaints obtained by Southern Voice:

One man said officers grabbed patrons who didn’t immediately lie down by the neck and forced them to the ground. The man said he was kicked in the ribs while lying down. “Then I heard laughing and giggling and saying this is more fun than raiding niggers with crack. … He also reported that one officer “said to everyone in general that all you all do is flash your asses and show your cocks.”

The raid extended beyond the club itself and into a private apartment above the Eagle:

An employee who lives in an apartment over the Eagle, who said he was not working that night, said someone started pounding on his door. He opened the door to two cops who asked if anyone was having sex there. They asked why there was a bed and he said it was because he lives there. He was made to come downstairs and was arrested with the other employees. He recalled hearing comments like “You people are despicable.”

The Southern Voice has more. That’s one classy department the Atlanta police chief is running — and a racist one too.

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Richard W. Fitch
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

Now let’s hear how they justify storming in to a private apartment. They’ll come up with some dumb excuse. They were too dumb to know that most people have a bed in the place where they live.

Ken in Riverside
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

Disgusting.

Penguinsaur
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

The only thing less surprising then this is gonna be when the bigots refuse to admit the cops did anything wrong.

Thomas
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

Oh so progressive (not) Atlanta is in the heart of Dixie. Red Georgia full of birthers, baggers and (as demonstrated by this story) BIGOTS. Very sad..

Christopher Waldrop
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

They were too dumb to know that most people have a bed in the place where they live.

No, they’ll justify it by claiming that they didn’t know it was a private residence. Because, you know, ignorance is a legitimate excuse when you’re a dumb, bigoted cop who’s just looking to fill a quota.

Lindoro Almaviva
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

For those interested, the chief of police’s email is:

rjstanionis@atlantaga.gov

make your voice heard

Burr
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

I’m surprised they didn’t just sprinkle some crack on them and haul ‘em to jail and have the best of both worlds! Dave Chappelle was on to something there.

Penguinsaur
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

“Dave Chappelle was on to something there.”

I knew I wasnt the only one who immediately thought of that upon reading the title.

Richard W. Fitch
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

For those who are interested in getting updates “straight from the horse’s mouth -or- Eagle’s beak” here’s the link to Eagle Atlanta Raid page on FaceBook. This will be an ongoing story just as has been regarding the events at the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth. {btw} I received a note from a contact in FW that Chad is now back to work and doing well, though still plagued with headaches.

CPT_Doom
September 16th, 2009 | LINK

Screw complaints to the police – where is the class action federal lawsuit for the clear violations of the Fourth Amendment? Searches without probable cause are not supposed to be allowed in this country.

JJQR
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

The n—–s comment is misleading, since most of the police involved were black.

paul j stein
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

The new face of the ALL INCLUSIVE KKK! Now they have a reason to get together,BLACK and WHITE for GOD and country to roust the faggots and make the world a safer place. PRAISE THE LORD and AMEN! SAME S**T DIFFERENT CENTURY.

Leonard Drake
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

JJQR, the fact that there were African Americans involved in the raid does not make the comment misleading. As Chris Rock so eloquently observed, “There’s Black people, and then there’s _ _ _ _ _ _ .”

In other words, there is intragroup racism as well, which means that statement very well could have been said by any police officer — black or white — in the heat of the moment, and in the company of other officers, etc. etc.

JJQR
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

Leonard Drake : I understand. I just meant it was misleading in the way some (who don’t know Atlanta, which has a 57 percent black police force), like the poster above, read it, think “Georgia!”, and start screaming “birthers” and “baggers”.

Thomas
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

JJQR: I know Atlanta quite well thank you. This includes how greater Atlanta (i.e. outside the Perimeter) votes. Try as it may, greater Atlanta is overwhelmingly conservative, anti-gay, southern and quite segregated. It is very much a product of both the state and region in which it lies…

JJQR
September 17th, 2009 | LINK

Thomas : But what does that have to do with an Atlanta black mayor, a black police commissioner, and a bunch of black cops harassing gays in an already crime-ridden city?

Mike Travers
September 18th, 2009 | LINK

JJQR: How is their (police) conduct even remotely defensible????? Even if one allows the very tenuous interpretation that the “N” statement (oh such a loving word!) does not infer ANY kind of racism, it seems that one type bigotry (against African-Americans) is now “acceptably” replaced by another – this time against gays. Is that what you are arguing?

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