Gay activists in Atlanta, Georgia are planning to protest Sunday against a police raid on a gay leather bar that resulted in 8 arrests, gay weekly reported.

Police raided The Atlanta Eagle bar at 306 Ponce De Leon Ave. in the city's Midtown section on Thursday at about 11PM. Eight staff members were arrested.

“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 …,” Sergeant Lisa Keyes, spokesperson for the department, said in a statement released Friday.

Eye-witnesses at the bar called the police action “harassment.”

According to patrons present during the raid, no one was allowed to leave the building until after police had leisurely checked the IDs of patrons forced to lay prone on the floor. Police collected IDs and personal belongings. Challengers were told “Don't speak until spoken to” or “Shut up.”

“Everyone was ordered to get on their stomachs and face down during this ordeal,” Allan Vives told the Atlanta Progressive News. “As far as I could tell everyone was searched at least once, most of us twice. Most, but not all, of the officers were incredibly derogatory and insulting whether they found evidence of drugs or not.”

“[S]everal were openly hostile towards the gay patrons,” he added.

“It was full on police raid,” another patron told “We were treated as criminals from the get-go. I definitely felt harassed.”

Some people were handcuffed. Du-Wayne Ray, manager of Rawhide Leather, a leather store that operates in the basement of the bar, said he was handcuffed for as long as two hours.

“A lot of anti-gay comments were made,” Ray told the paper.

Police say complaints about the bar's “underwear night” prompted the raid.

“The original complaint received is that on Thursday night at the club is sex night … It's saying the club is a sleazy place on Thursday, all that goes on is soliciting for sex,” Officer Dani Lynn Harris, the police department's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community liaison said.

Police charged the eight men with providing adult entertainment without a city permit. Richard Ramey, one of the owners of the bar, said dancers performing at the club are covered under the bar's nightclub permit because they are not nude. The men were released late Friday.

Sunday's protest is being organized by the gay rights group GLBTATL. A post at the group's blog said protesters plan to gather at The Atlanta Eagle at 5PM and proceed to march to City Hall.