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6 Atlanta Police Fired Over Eagle Bar Raid in 2009 – DOJ Cites Raid As Evidence Of Sexual Orientation Discrimination

It’s taken a little over two years but six Atlanta police officers have been fired — and others face disciplinary action — after an investigation found they lied about what happened during a raid on an Atlanta gay bar the The Atlanta Eagle  almost two years ago.  The raid which involved ten police cars and fifteen officers.  included forcing the patrons lie on the floor during the raid and endure insults from the Police Department.  the police arrested eight employees for providing adult entertainment. All charges were either later dropped or dismissed.

After an an investigation into the incident, a report last month stated that at least 10 officers lied and many deleted data from cell phones to hide their actions during the September 2009 raid.

Six officers were dismissed Friday “for violating the department’s truthfulness policy,” police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement. Two other officers accused of lying had already been dismissed as a result of an unrelated internal investigation, Campos said, and Chief George Turner ordered that the charges against two others be withdrawn because there wasn’t enough evidence they lied.

On July 1, the Department of Justice cited the Atlanta Police Department’s raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar, as evidence of ongoing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Minnesota 18 Year Old Commits Suicide After Years Of Anti-Gay Harassment And Bullying – Senator Al Franken Responds

Another tragedy has occurred.  Another young gay life has been lost.

18 year old  Lance Lundsten of Miltona, Minnesota took his life over the weekend after suffering extreme bullying and harassment at the hands of others for years. Lance had revealed on Facebook that he was openly gay, and some students at his high school said he was constantly bullied for his sexual orientation. students who knew Lundsten believed the bullying may have led to his suicide.

Senator Al Franken sent his condolences Monday and said he hopes a new bill could change how lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students are treated.

“My heart goes out to Lance’s family, and friends and loved ones. It’s a tragic event, not only for them, but for the school, and the Alexandria community and really for all of us.  LGBT kids really do need (more) protection, They’re two or three times more likely than straight kids to get bullied. Nine in ten LGBT students said they’ve been bullied or harassed and almost two-thirds say they don’t feel safe in school.”

“On Martin Luther King Day … we want to celebrate the American values that have broken down barriers that prevent all citizens from having … the same opportunities to succeed … This is another barrier that still needs to be broken. We need to have more acceptance of LGBT students.” “We need to create in our schools, an atmosphere where bullying isn’t really accepted in anyone.”

Jefferson High School’s Student/Parent Handbook’s harassment policies of the school that Lance attended, prohibit verbal assaults toward a staff member or student which degrades people because of their “race, sex, religion, ethnic background, physical or mental handicaps,” along with harassment and violence in regards to sex, race or religion.  Sexual orientation is not a part of its policies.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lances family and friends and may Lance finally find peace and rest.

Club Dallas Gay Bathhouse Raided, 11 Arrested For Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure

What year is this 1965?

On Friday night police raided The Club-Dallas, a gay bathhouse in the Deep Ellum district of East Dallas, and arrested 11 people.

Why the raid?  “When somebody complains we have to go in, just like when someone calls 911 we have to go to the call,” Laura Martin  the DPD’s liaison officer to the gay community, said. “Now that so much activity was found there, they can probably expect more vice operations there. … I’ve certainly never been there, but I’ve heard that public lewdness does go on in the club. All you have to do is keep your ears open.”

Ten patrons of The Club reportedly were charged with either public lewdness or indecent exposure, while one employee was charged with interfering with police. DPD would only release records related to three of the 11 arrests, according to the Dallas Voice which broke the story needs to file a freedom of information request to obtain additional details.

The Club Dallas issued a one-sentence statement about the raid. “The Club Dallas management is committed to pursuing justice for and defending the rights of each of its members,” The Club helped bond out arrested members from jail and has offered them legal representation.

One member who was present during the raid but was not arrested, accused police of harassment and intimidation. According to police reports, two undercover officers paid their way into The Club and gathered evidence, before additional officers came in and helped execute the arrests. The member said the officers were carrying plastic flexcuffs and detained him for 45 minutes even though he was just working out in the fitness area. He said he believes the city is trying to shut down The Club to make way for redevelopment around the new DART station that sits next door.

At one point the member said he heard one of the officers remark that, “I’m going to have nightmares forever after this.”

This whole raid sounds like a set-up.  One complain sparks a major vice raid?  Dallas has a high crime rate people are getting shot and killed, beaten, raped, kidnapped, and robbed in the Oaklawn area, not to mention other areas of Dallas; and the DPD has time to have vice officers raid and arrest people in Club Dallas?

I cannot tell you how much this distresses me.  Now no matter what your opinion of bathhouses are this is a direct throwback to gay harassment of the 1960’s.  In recent months we have had gay bar raids, bathhouse raids, rabid anti-gay talk from politicians,  a spike in LGBT hate crimes and murder, an epidemic of LGBT teen suicides, LGBT books being banned from libaries, and people being fired for just being gay. 

This is a very serious situation .  And we need to do something about it.  Its like time is marching backwards.