City returns Eagle 8 bail – four months later

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imageA few days after the co-owner of the Eagle went public with his complaint that the City of Atlanta hadn’t returned bail money for the Eagle 8, city officials called to say his check was ready.

Richard Ramey said July 16 that the city owed him $3,584 for the bail he posted for six of the Eagle 8 — the men that were arrested when the Atlanta Police Department stormed the bar last September. The men were booked into the city jail on ordinance violations and initially did not receive bail, but Ramey later paid to get seven of the men out of jail. An eighth man, an Eagle bartender, was bailed out by a friend.

Seven of the eight men were cleared of the criminal charges during a trial on March 11, while the eighth person did not appear for the trial and faces a bench warrant for his arrest. But despite the conclusion of the criminal case and scores of calls to various city agencies, Ramey never received a refund for the bail. The Eagle bartender that was bailed out by a friend had his bail money returned days after the trial.

imageSo Ramey, frustrated by the continued delay, spoke out about the lack of a refund. On Monday — three days later — the city called to let him know they had a check ready for him. Apparently, Ramey’s change of address earlier this year didn’t make it to the city’s finance department, which issued the check June 19 — three months after the Eagle 8 trial — but didn’t know where to mail it.

“They said they had it in their safe because they didn’t know where to send it,” Ramey says. “It is back, it is returned. My dealings with the city as far as I’m concerned, are over.”

He and Eagle co-owner Robert Kelley are among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against the police department and City of Atlanta over the Eagle raid.

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