Regular readers may recall I blogged about the vicious police raid on Atlanta's Eagle bar, the city's most popular gay leather drinking hole, last year. For reasons that still aren't clear, a group of officers raided the club, where they intimidated and humiliated patrons on pretense of reports of illegal activities. They found no such illegal activity and, in the end, it was the cops who committed the crimes.
...The actions come almost 10 days after the release of 343-page report detailing how 16 officers lied or destroyed evidence when asked about the raid at the Atlanta Eagle bar. The report said 10 of them lied, which usually leads to a termination because those officers can not longer testify.
It's been a long, arduous battle to get the APD to admit wrong-doing, as homophobia corrupted the city's ability to reach an honorable decision. The weight of evidence has now forced their hand.
Congrats to APD and the City of Atlanta for finally coming down on the right side of this sickening hate crime. Most of all, congrats to Richard Ramey and Robby Kelley, the tireless co-owners of the bar, their dedicated team of attorneys, and the scores of sex activists across the region who fought this fight for all of us and won.