Raid On The Wrong Apartment


Police responded to a shooting in an Edgewood apartment complex.  They raided what appears to be the wrong apartment.  No weapons or illegal activity were found.  A witness recorded cell phone video of part of the raid before Copwatch arrived on the scene.  We were told that prior to the beginning of the video, police pointed automatic rifles at the apartment residents inside.

Police Harassment on Foote St.


On Feb 18th, 2011, an observer captured video of police arresting a man on Foote St. for no clear reason.  He was reportedly slammed against a police car hard enough to make a dent, and then charged with damaging the car.  The officer shown conducting the arrest has a reputation in the neighborhood for pulling over drivers and detaining pedestrians for questionable reasons.

APD Settles Lawsuit Over Cops Stealing Activist's Camera, Trying to Destroy Footage of Drug Raid

For immediate release

Atlanta police officers illegally seized a camera from activists who were filming a drug raid, and sought to destroy the footage.  That's the basis of the complaint Copwatch of East Atlanta made against the Atlanta Police Department, and now the department has offered a settlement to avoid a lawsuit.

"All we were doing was filming the police in a public place, very calmly and peacefully.  And their response was to grab me, push me around and steal my camera," said Marlon Kautz, a member of Copwatch.

Officer C.J. Lee Forbids Filming


On January 16 2011, two individuals were riding bicycles on Custer Ave near Moreland Ave in Dekalb County.  They were pulled over at around 11:50pm by Dekalb County Police Officer C.J. Lee (Badge #2291) who asked them what they were doing riding there at night.  The bicyclists declined to answer questions and asked if they were free to go.  The officer then appeared annoyed and exited his car (car #10011).  At this point one of the bicyclists began video recording with his cell phone.  The officer said he did not want to be filmed.

Report to CALEA on APD Misconduct

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) is a private organization which has positioned itself as a certification body for local police departments.  In the past, the Atlanta Police Department has sought and received CALEA Accreditation.  Now, the APD is up for review, and CALEA is seeking comments from the public on their practices.

Some CALEA standards include:

APD officers refuse to identify themselves while conducting roadblock


Four APD officers were conducting a roadblock.

Two APD officers refused to identify themselves to copwatch volunteers. The male officer, when asked "are you refusing to identify yourself?" explicitly indicated "yep". The female officer when asked the same questions turned her head and walked away without acknowledging the request.

The male officer drove away in vehicle numbered 29309.

The female officer drove away in vehicle numbered 29312, License plate GV09598.