Alex Wan calls for investigation into bar raid

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imageAlex Wan, a gay candidate for the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council, is now the second candidate to call for an investigation into a police raid at the Eagle on Thursday.

Wan, one of six candidates for the Midtown post on the council, on Saturday called for “a quick, thorough investigation” into the Atlanta Police Department’s raid at the Eagle in which eight people were arrested.

Kasim Reed, a mayoral candidate, called for an “immediate, thorough and transparent investigation” in a statement issued earlier Saturday.

In his statement, Wan also says he’s asked Anne Fauver, the two-term District 6 incumbent, for additional details about the case. Fauver is not seeking re-election to the city council.

“I have been following this news closely since I first learned about it early Friday morning, and I am deeply concerned with the situation. I have spoken with Councilperson Anne Fauver and asked for all of the facts surrounding the incident. She told me that she has contacted Major Williams, who is investigating the matter, and will let me know what further information she learns.”

As a citizen and, in particular, as a proud member of the Atlanta LGBT community, I know the importance of having safe places where we can gather to socialize – including bars and clubs – without the fear of being threatened or targeted by law enforcement, provided no illegal activities are occurring in those venues.

I urge that the investigation be conducted quickly and thoroughly, and I will do everything in my power to see that the appropriate actions are taken based on the findings.”

Wan’s statement about the raid comes as four mayoral candidates spoke out Friday and Saturday about the raid. Additionally, media outlets have reported that Miguel Gallegos — one of Wan’s opponents in the District 6 campaign — worked with city council candidate Shelitha Robertson to contact a judge to set bail for the six men who remain jailed Friday afternoon so they could be released.

City Council President Lisa Borders, also a candidate for mayor, issued a statement Friday afternoon that says she will “work to ensure that justice be equally applied to all citizens and to all companies doing business in this city.”

City Council member Mary Norwood, who is also seeking the mayor’s office, issued a statement late Friday questioning whether crimes were being committed at the Eagle, if the raid was the most efficient use of police resources and whether patrons were treated fairly.

Also Friday, gay mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser issued a statement saying he shares “in my community’s concern” over the raid.

The Atlanta Police Department also issued a statement Friday saying officers observed “criminal behavior” inside the bar before the raid.


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