Atlanta police sued over bar raid

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Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta police department over a bar raid that happened after the Rainbow Lounge raid in Fort Worth.

The raid happened at the Atlanta Eagle in September. None of the patrons was arrested, but eight employees were charged with code violations.

Lambda Legal charges that patrons were illegally searched and made to lay on the beer soaked floor while the police did background checks and hurled anti-gay epithets at them.

“If it is APD procedure for elderly men and wounded veterans to be thrown to the floor and harassed simply for being in a bar having a drink after work, then the APD should change its procedures,” said Greg Nevins, a Lambda Legal attorney in Atlanta.

—  David Taffet