The City of Atlanta spent almost as much on lawyer's fees investigating 2009 raid of Midtown gay bar as the more than $1.5 million paid in settlement fees to resolve lawsuits filed by men who were in the establishment during the raid.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
What do you want to see in this longtime vacant space?
Welcome to another edition of "Visions for Vacancies," where we visit a local vacant commercial building and ask you what you'd like to see go in that space. Today, we’re on Ponce de Leon Avenue at a pair of very familiar buildings: the former Goody’s film developing store and the Atlanta Eagle. Located at 300-306 Ponce de Leon, the adjoining buildings were foreclosed on about three years ago and have been for sale ever since. The Kodak roof-top signage is an Atlanta landmark, but that building has been abandoned for many years and will require major renovations if utilized. The Atlanta Eagle is very much used (but nonetheless for sale) as the gay bar establishment is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend by co-producing the …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
"Over the past 24 months the city has paid out $2.6 million dollars all for police misconduct." - Eagle attorney Dan Grossman
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Panel explains the police reforms mandated in the Atlanta Eagle settlement approved in early December
Litigation may be settled, but the Atlanta Eagle dispute is far from over. "We're still fighting a battle," Atlanta Eagle plaintiff David Thomas said Monday night at a meeting in Candler Park. Attorneys who tried the case held a hearing to discuss the settlement that was reached Dec. 8 over the 2009 police raid at the Midtown bar. The legal order requires the city of Atlanta to pay plantiffs more than $1 million. It also requires major changes to the operating procedures of the Atlanta Police Department. "They have to change policies that break the law," said Dan Grossman, attorney for the plantiffs and one of five panelists at the Dec. 20 meeting. The settlement outlines specific unconstitutional policies that Atlanta police must …