Atlanta (WAOK/AJC)-After settling a first lawsuit by paying plaintiffs $1.2 million, a second lawsuit focused on police actions during a 2009 raid of a Midtown gay bar is expected to be filed by other men who also want to be compensated. This second lawsuit will include men who came forward too late to be part of the first case and some who stayed out of the issue initially for professional reasons that have since been resolved. Attorneys for the new plaintiffs say they want all victims of the raid to be fairly compensated. Attorneys say the group also wants to see the Atlanta Police Department put in place promised changes in policy and procedure.
The second suit is expected to be filed by Friday, the day before the two-year anniversary of the raid and the day the statute of limitations runs out.
According to reports in the AJC, on Sept. 10, 2009, Atlanta police officers swarmed the Atlanta Eagle bar based on reports of illegal activity. Patrons and employees said they were forced to lie on the floor while officers checked for criminal histories and others peppered them with anti-gay slurs.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the city is not following through on the changes within the Police Department that were promised in the settlement.
The changes that have not taken place include steps by the APD to deter officers from destroying evidence, and not documenting certain warrantless checks and identification checks, a practice that was to have started Dec. 8.