Monday December 6, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) -- The city has agreed to pay $1 million to an Atlanta gay bar to settle a lawsuit over a botched police raid in 2009.
The Atlanta City Council voted 14-0 on Monday to pay the money to the Atlanta Eagle Bar. A national gay rights group filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of 19 people who say they were illegally searched and detained during Sept. 10, 2009 raid.
The city also agreed to oversee reforms within the Atlanta
Police Department. The settlement must now go back to a federal judge for final approval.
Geoff Calhoun, who was once of the patrons suing the city, and his attorney Dan Grossman declined comment after the vote because of a court-mandate gag order.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press)