Atlanta City Council approves settlement: $1,025,000 plus police reforms

by on December 6, 2010

The Atlanta City Council has approved settlement of the civil rights lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and 35 Atlanta police officers filed by two businesses and 26 patrons of a bar raided by police on September 10-11, 2009.

The settlement includes payment of $1,025,000 plus reforms of the Atlanta Police Department.  The parties and their attorneys are prohibited from releasing details of the reforms or making any comments about the case until the settlement is entered as a formal Order by the United States District Court.

The case is Calhoun v. Pennington [download complaint].  The plaintiffs were represented by Atlanta attorney Daniel J. Grossman, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

[Article about settlement in The GA Voice.]

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