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by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer On September 10, The Atlanta Police Department (APD) raided the Atlanta, Georgia leather bar The Atlanta Eagle at approximately 11:30 p.m., during the Eagle's 'Underwear Night.'

A reporter from Atlanta Progressive News who arrived at the scene just minutes after the raid had begun reported that 10 APD cars pulled up to the Atlanta Eagle and stormed the bar, arresting multiple bar staff.

It is reported that Eagle patrons were ordered to lie on the ground and were handcuffed.

A police blockade was formed around the parking lot so as to limit the amount of patrons that could potentially flee the scene.

A patron who claimed to be present during the bar raid sent an e-mail to APN, claiming that everyone was searched at least once, and most patrons were searched twice.

"Most, but not all, of the officers were incredibly derogatory and insulting, whether they found evidence of drugs or not," detailed the patron in their e-mail.

According to multiple patrons, many were kept on the floor for over an hour. It is alleged that the APD searched both cash registers and ice machines

According to one patron, the APD handcuffed all Eagle staff members and dancers, and anyone who was wearing only underwear.

The APD released a statement September 11, the day after the raid.

"The Atlanta Police Department conducts routine inspections of city businesses with valid alcohol permits. The city received several complaints with descriptive information about alleged criminal conduct at the Atlanta Eagle Club."

"In an effort to ensure compliance with the law, the Police Department investigated the complaints and during the investigation, police observed criminal behavior taking place at the club. & While the police were conducting a compliance check, it led to the arrest of eight employees."

"While there have been allegations of improper behavior by police officers conducting the investigation, there have not been any official complaints filed with the Atlanta Police Department," the statement concluded.

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