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Atlanta Officials to Apologize for Gay Bar Raid 

Atlanta Officials to Apologize for Gay Bar Raid 


The Atlanta city government will formally apologize for a 2009 gay bar raid, one that resulted in a settlement of more than $1 million after Atlanta Eagle patrons were illegally detained.

The city's public safety panel recommended the apology Tuesday, nearly a week after a federal judge approved the settlement.

"Nobody in this city should have to endure the inexcusable law enforcement conduct that occurred 15 months ago at the Atlanta Eagle," said Lambda Legal attorney Greg Nevins, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 19 Eagle patrons who claimed that police violated their federal and state constitutional rights by illegally detaining them during the September 2009 raid. They alleged that officers used antigay slurs and failed to present a search warrant for the raid.

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