The APD said Friday that the city "received several complaints with descriptive information about alleged criminal conduct at the Atlanta Eagle Club located at 306 Ponce De Leon."
Danni Lynn Harris, Atlanta Police's liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, said the volume of complaints she's received from Eagle customers suggest an investigation is warranted.
The raid, conducted by the vice squad, was a result of a tip sent to Mayor Shirley Franklin's office alleging “illicit sex” at The Eagle, Harris said. Ironically, Franklin's election and re-election campaigns were headquartered in space adjoining the leather bar.
Harris said no drugs were found, and none of those arrested face narcotics charges.
“What I’ve been hearing is a lot of people saying they were verbally abused, with anti-gay overtones,” the LGBT liaison said.
A rally opposing the raid was held Sunday at the bar.
“I’m concerned it’s going to be one of those things that blow up before all the facts are known,” Harris said.
Ramey, who said The Eagle has never had trouble with police before, said he may pursue legal action following the raid.
“How can I just sit here and let them get away with doing this to my customers?” he said.
The APD statement acknowledged "allegations of improper behavior by police officers conducting the investigation."