Kasim Reed says Red Dog may disband. Or not.

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imageWink, wink. Nod, nod. The Atlanta Police Department’s controversial Red Dog Unit may get disbanded. Or not. That’s the not so clear message from Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed said the city and APD will move “swiftly” in dealing with the fondling allegations. That’s the first tactic.

…”and then the second is focusing on a new culture, which may or may not include Red Dog,” he said.

Reed spoke Wednesday to WABE, the second time this week the mayor has addressed allegations that Red Dog officers fondled and stripped search male drivers during traffic stops. The allegations of two men became public last week; a third man has also filed a similar complaint with the Atlanta Citizen Review Board. More could be coming.

On Monday, Reed told WSB to expect “swift, deliberate action” into the allegations, unlike the city’s response to the botched raid of the Eagle. That incident, in September 2009, also included the Red Dog Unit. Two of the three officers named in the recent fondling allegations also took part in the Eagle raid.

Reed’s comments on Monday and Wednesday, and those of police Chief Georgia Turner on Friday, stand in sharp contrast to the actions of both men in the long-running case of the Red Dog-led Eagle raid, which also involved a dozen complaints filed with the ACRB. The police department hasn’t completed its internal investigation into the raid some 17 months later, and Reed’s administration faced allegations of repeatedly delaying a federal lawsuit over the raid as well as destroying evidence in the case before it settled the lawsuit for $1.025 million and promised to reform the police department.

Turner has yet to act on recommendations from the review board that he sanction officers and supervisors involved in the raid. In fact, Beamud and ACRB Chair Joy Morrissey told the LGBT Advisory Group for Atlanta police on Monday that Turner has yet to support any recommendations they’ve issued to punish officers since he took office more than a year ago.


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