Mayor hosts LGBT townhall


Saint Mark United Methodist
781 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

A townhall style meeting with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta’s Chief of Police George Turner will take place at Saint Mark United Methodist Church tonight from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Originally scheduled for Sept. 28, the meeting was moved after leaders of Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta’s gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue, objected that it conflicted with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which began that night.

The meeting is planned to cover general community and public safety concerns, as well as ongoing controversy over the Eagle raid. Patrons in the gay bar during the raid sued the city in federal court and won a $1.025 million settlement in December. Fallout from the raid continues after two investigations released in June found that numerous police officers lied or destroyed evidence related to police conduct during the raid. Additional lawsuits have been filed since the original settlement.