City Council Awards $200,000 to Red Dog Victims

ATLANTA (WAOK)– The city of Atlanta could be forced to pay $200,000 in a settlement over two men who say they were strip-searched during a traffic stop by members of the Atlanta Police Department.

Members of the City Council Public Safety Committee met Tuesday night to discuss the settlement and its outcomes.  City Councilman Ivory Young told the members of the council that this could cause greater problems if this case is not settled.  Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean expressed disgust that some of the officers are still on the payroll.

The settlement deals with three Atlanta police officers, members of the now disbanded Red Dog Unit, who pulled over Sean Venegas and Brian Kidd in June of last year on a traffic stop.  According to the two men, officers reached down their pants in the middle of a busy street. One man said he was subject to a body cavity search.

The vote to approve the settlement was unanimous.  However, the settlement will go before the full council for final approval.

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