City of Atlanta Held in Contempt in Eagle Raid Case

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May 19, 2015

Today, United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. found the City of Atlanta in contempt of court and imposed sanctions for the city’s failure to comply with a prior Settlement and Consent Order on behalf of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle Bar, whose constitutional rights were violated when the Atlanta Police Department raided the Atlanta Eagle without a warrant and searched and detained dozens of patrons who were not suspected of committing any crime.

It is terribly unfortunate that over five years after the Atlanta Police Department’s inexcusable conduct in the Atlanta Eagle that we are still in court dragging the APD towards more competent and safe policing. We know there are many members of our community who are frustrated by the violence and discrimination by the police, but Lambda Legal will continue to stand up against misconduct by police and hold them accountable.

Read the press release.