Mary Norwood weighs in on Eagle police raid

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imageAtlanta City Council member Mary Norwood became the third mayoral candidate to weigh in on the Atlanta Police Department’s raid at the Eagle, saying it’s not yet clear what took place during the incident late Thursday.

Public safety is a crisis in our city, and we must make sure that our police maintain the support of all our communities have the resources they need to keep us safe, and we as citizens must have confidence that the considerable power we invest in our police is used wisely. Over the last day, a number of constituents have expressed their concern to me over events at the Atlanta Eagle bar. While it is not yet clear what transpired there last night, the events of September 10th clearly have a number of Atlantans concerned. As we learn the details of the events at the Eagle we must ask ourselves three questions:

Were there crimes being committed at the bar?

In a time when violent criminals are roaming our streets, was this the most efficient use of our scarce police resources?

Were the patrons present that night treated fairly and with the dignity and respect they deserve?

Only when these issues are resolved will we be able to have a full picture of what happened and whether everyone acted appropriately.

Norwood’s statement came in response to an email sent by gay author and activist Dustin Brookshire to three mayoral candidates — Norwood, City Council President Lisa Borders and former state Sen. Kasim Reed. Norwood’s campaign responded with the statement at 9:46 p.m. Friday, which Brookshire posted on his blog.

Borders and gay mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser issued statements on the raid Friday afternoon.

The Atlanta Police Department released its own statement about the raid late Friday.

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