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Former Atlanta police LGBT liaison back on job but in different role

Former Atlanta GLBT Liaison Officer Dani Lee Harris

Officer Dani Lee Harris returned to work at the Atlanta Police Department on Monday, but not in the position she would like.

The former LGBT liaison for the APD said she reported to duty in the ID division of the APD located on Donald Lee Howell Road and is now in charge of expunging records from computers after court cases are resolved and orders to do so are handed down.

“I’m glad to be at work, glad to be making a paycheck,” she said. She said the officers in her department welcomed her warmly.

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Atlanta Eagle attorneys allege city withholding, destroying key evidence in federal lawsuit

Attorney Dan Grossman

Attorneys representing the Atlanta Eagle in a federal civil suit against the city of Atlanta and numerous Atlanta Police Department officers say the city is deliberately hiding information and even destroying evidence from as they seek details about the botched raid on the gay bar last year.

In court documents filed Oct. 6, the attorneys for the plaintiffs — Dan Grossman as well as attorneys from Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights — allege, “Throughout this litigation the Defendants and their counsel have acted as if the rules, the law, and even the orders of this Court simply do not apply to them: They have responded late to most discovery requests; failed to respond at all to others; … failed to preserve, search for, or produce responsive items as required by law; failed to obey clear and unambiguous orders of this Court; and rather than produce evidence pursuant to this Court’s Order, they destroyed it.”

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Atlanta GLBT Police Advisory Board set to meet Monday

Atlanta Police Department GLBT Advisory Board meeting

The Atlanta Police Department’s GLBT Advisory Board will meet for the second time on Monday, Oct. 18. The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue, SE, Downtown Atlanta) and will be held in the City Council Committee Room 2 on the second floor.

Among the items on the agenda is a formal introduction of Atlanta Police Officer Brian Sharp as the city’s second GLBT Liaison, a festival report from Atlanta Pride’s James Parker Sheffield and an update from the Task Force Committee.

Also scheduled to be at the meeting are APD’s Major Elder Dancey and Captain Barbara Cavender.

AIDS Walk Atlanta marks 20 years

2009 Atlanta AIDS Walk

The 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta steps off Sunday, Oct. 17, from Piedmont Park, drawing thousands to raise funds for 10 local AIDS service organizations.

“The AIDS Walk is a critical piece of most of the organizations … it certainly is for AID Atlanta. It’s a critical part of our fight against AIDS as a community,” says Tracy Elliott, executive director of AID Atlanta, which puts on the walk.

This year’s event hopes to raise $900,000 after bringing in $875,000 in 2009.

Savannah approves domestic partner benefits

Georgia Equality's Kevin Clark

The Savannah City Council voted unanimously last week to authorize the city manager to implement a domestic partner program for city employees. The vote was approved by the nine-member council at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Kevin Clark, chair of the Savannah chapter of Georgia Equality, said about 25 LGBT community activists attended the meeting.

“There was an outburst of enthusiastic applause after the vote,” he said shortly after the vote. “This is a historic and proud day for the city of Savannah.”