ATLANTA (WAOK-AJC)-There is more trouble ahead for the Atlanta Police Department. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, five men say in a new federal lawsuit Atlanta police officers pulled their pants down in public and conducted strip searches on them in view of others.
The claim is the latest of a string of federal lawsuits that accuse Atlanta police of abuse. Since the first of this year, Atlanta has spent more than $1.4 million to resolve allegations of police abuse.
APD declined to comment Monday on the latest suit. But Chief George Turner said in an interview last week that he is trying to change the culture of the department, and he is taking steps against those who violate the agency’s policies.
On the heels of the Atlanta police department being sued by two groups of plaintiffs in the Atlanta Eagle Bar case, this latest case also names members of the now-disbanded RED DOG unit. Some of them have since resigned or been terminated.
The suit filed Friday names 14 officers, one identified only as John Doe I. Each of the five men say their pants were pulled down.
Jason Walker, stopped for a broken taillight on Sept. 30, 2009, said he was handcuffed and then one of the officers pulled down his pants. “Several witnesses unconnected to the incident saw Walker’s exposed genitals during this search,” the suit said. They found nothing, the suit said.
Cousins Kacy and Antonio Daniel said they were waiting in a car for Antonio Daniel’s mother, who was getting a manicure on May 20, 2010. The two were drinking soft-drinks, eating potato chips and listening to the car’s radio when two officers came up to the car and pulled out their guns, the lawsuit said.
Kacy Daniels pants and underwear were pulled down. One of the officers allegedly touched Kacy Daniels’ genitals.
Vance Perry was walking toward the apartment of some friends on June 29, 2010, when two officers grabbed him, the suit said.
While laying on the hood of the police car, Perry said, one of the officers pulled down his pants and underwear, “exposing his buttocks and genitals to … his friends, his girlfriend and his two small daughters.”