Judge approves $1M settlement over gay bar raid

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December 9, 2010

"A federal judge approved a legal settlement Wednesday requiring that Atlanta pay more than $1 million to people illegally detained during a raid on a gay bar, change police department policy and investigate the conduct of its officers.

"...Greg Nevins, an attorney in Lambda Legal's southern regional office, praised the plaintiffs in the case for stepping forward. The settlement effectively ends the lawsuit.

"'Because they did the right thing, the Atlanta Police Department will be a better force for good in the community,' Nevins said. 'Nobody in this city should have to endure the inexcusable law enforcement conduct that occurred 15 months ago at the Atlanta Eagle.'"

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