Atlanta police chief dumps Red Dog [update]

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imagePolice Chief George Turner is expected to announce Monday that he’s disbanding his controversial Red Dog Unit amid allegations that officers fondled and strip searched male drivers during traffic stops.

Turner is expected to announce any changes to the unit during a press conference at Atlanta police headquarters, WABE reported. The radio station reported on Jan. 28 that dropping Red Dog could be in the works, though Turner later said that’s not the case.

Both Turner and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have pledged swift action into the allegations concerning Red Dog, though their tough talk recently has contrasted with their actions in the past concerning rouge cops and the unit, which took part in the botched raid of the Eagle in September 2009.

UPDATE: Turner says Red Dog will be disbanded.

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