Atlanta Police Purposely Destroyed Evidence Pertaining to Raid on Atlanta Gay Bar

It’s come to light today that  Atlanta police purposely destroyed evidence pertaining to the 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle gay bar, which also just happened to be the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Attorneys for the bar and its patrons state the following, in a federal lawsuit

Their attorneys complained in court filings, which include transcripts of telephone conferences with the judge, that evidence was purposely destroyed. Electronic backups of e-mails were recorded over. Text messages and photos taken on cell phones are simply gone. According to the court documents, the cell phone data was erased just days after U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten ordered the data turned over to the Atlanta Eagle’s lawyers.

“Throughout this litigation the defendants [the city and APD] and their counsel have acted as if the rules, the law and even the orders of this court simply do not apply to them,” attorney Daniel Grossman wrote

So now the Atlanta Police are guilty of contempt of court, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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