APN: City offers settlements in Eagle lawsuit

Add this share

imageAt least two of the men suing Atlanta and its police department over the botched raid of the Eagle have received settlement offers from the city, according to the Atlanta Progressive News.

The surprising move by City Hall comes as the lawsuit has become increasingly contentious over allegations that the city and police department have destroyed evidence in the case and delayed the discovery process in the lawsuit.

The Atlanta Progressive News, which broke the story about the raid in September 2009, reported Friday that two plaintiffs in the lawsuit received offers to settle the lawsuit. Other people in the case have also received settlement offers ranging from $8,000 to $20,000, according to APN.

Two of the Plaintiffs confirmed receipt of the letters; however, APN has granted them anonymity due to a confidentiality agreement which accompanied the letters.

According to the sources, the letters proposed various monetary settlements to each Plaintiff based on the circumstances of each individual case; and in each case, a range of dollar figures was proposed. Variables included whether the individuals were wrongfully handcuffed, whether they had guns stuck in their face, whether they were verbally or physically abused, and other factors.

Amounts ranged from about 8,000 to almost 20,000 per person.

Other conditions of the settlement include that the Atlanta Police Department would have to change its policies and procedures regarding raids going forward to preclude such an incident from happening anywhere again in the City of Atlanta [especially, arresting an entire bar of 62 patrons despite lack of probable cause, instead of targeting the arrests to those suspected of wrongdoing, if any]; and the City would have to issue multiple apologies.

Daniel Grossman, one of three attorneys who filed the lawsuit in November 2009 and is often its public face, declined comment on Friday, citing an order put in place by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten. Reese McCranie, a spokesperson for Mayor Kasim Reed (photo), could also not be reached Friday.

Last month, Reed announced a blue ribbon commission of attorneys to mediate the lawsuit, but has provided few details since.

THE LATEST

Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...
17,446FansLike
7,001FollowersFollow
7,682FollowersFollow

PHOTO GALLERIES