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:

"Strengthen an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities."

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.

Police Harass Food Not Bombs in Hurt Park


Food Not Bombs was serving their weekly meal in Hurt Park, Atlanta, on August 18th 2010, when a Georgia State University police officer, who later identified himself as Sgt Simms, began harassing a man for lying on the grass. Copwatchers who were present began to film the incident. Two other officers, Lt Brinkley and Sgt Mack, arrived on the scene and demanded to know who was serving food and whether they had a permit to feed in the park. The activists were ordered to leave the park and Sgt Mack threatened to "dispose" of the food if they refused.

APD Seizes Camera, Tries To Suppress Footage of Raid


On April 22nd, 2010, Copwatch of East Atlanta observed APD officers searching a local business (Kloud9) with a drug sniffing dog. We approached the scene and tried to document the situation with a camera phone.

Several officers demanded that we stop filming them. When we continued to exercise our right to observe, officer Anthony Kirkman grabbed the cameraperson (Marlon) and, with the help of other officers, physically wrenched the camera out of Marlon's hands.

Officer Larkin refuses to identify himself


Copwatch observers were documenting the police force homeless people out of Hurt Park in Downtown Atlanta. The activists approached one of the officers involved and asked him to identify himself, as all Atlanta Police are required to do. The officer refused, and covered his name tag to hide his identity from the observers. As the officer rode away, one observer was able to get a look at his name tag, and identified him as Officer Larkin.


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