Several employees of the Atlanta Eagle bar were accused of lewd dancing without a permit. On Thursday, a judge decided the employees were not guilty.

Atlanta police raided the midtown bar on September 10, 2009 after complaints about public sex.

Thursday was the first day of a trial for the eight people who were arrested at the gay bar during the September raid.


The four employees and four dancers of the midtown bar were accused of violating several city ordinances.

The employees and dancers were arrested in September 2009 and charged with providing adult entertainment without a city permit.

The raid involved more than a dozen police officers, including some in plain clothes.

In a statement released last year Atlanta police said the city “received several complaints with descriptive information about alleged criminal conduct at the Atlanta Eagle Club located at 306 Ponce De Leon.”

Atlanta police said the raid was a result of a tip sent to then Mayor Shirley Franklin’s office alleging “illicit sex” at The Eagle.