The Atlanta Citizen Review Board voted last night to recommend disciplinary sanctions against two officers for falsely arresting David Shepherd, the Eagle assistant manager who was watching TV in his apartment when he was arrested by police.
The CRB recommended sanctions against Investigator Bennie Bridges (left) and Sgt. John Brock (right), seen below at the March 11, 2010 trial of the “Eagle 8.”
Mr. Shepherd is one of 28 plaintiffs in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the city of Atlanta and 35 individual police officers including Investigator Bridges and Sgt. Brock. Mr. Shepherd’s warrantless arrest in his home violated the United States Supreme Court ruling in Payton v. New York as well as other Supreme Court rulings, Georgia law, and the Atlanta Police Department’s own regulations.
Last night’s meeting concerned only the complaint filed by Mr. Shepherd. The CRB will consider the complaints of other Eagle patrons and employees over the next few months.
UPDATE: The GA Voice (Atlanta’s GLBT newspaper) has published an in-depth story about the CRB meeting which is worth reading.