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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board seeks new members

Three seats are open on the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board after two-year terms expired.

The board, founded in 2010 by Mayor Kasim Reed during the fallout of the unconstitutional Atlanta Eagle raid, allows two-year terms for members.

Those not seeking to renew their terms are Terence McPhaul, executive director of YouthPride; Betty Couvertier, radio host for Alternative Perspectives; and Ebonee Bradford Barnes, who has been absent for four meetings.

Those who wish to remain on the board are current chairperson Glen Paul Freedman; Josh Noblitt of St. Mark United Methodist Church; AID Atlanta Executive Director Tracy Elliott; Melissa Carter; and Philip Rafshoon.

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Atlanta police chief: Not enough evidence to fire some Eagle raid officers

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner

Five police officers accused of lying or destroying evidence related to the botched Atlanta Eagle gay bar raid avoided being fired because the allegations against them were based only on circumstantial evidence, according to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

Turner sat down with the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Board on July 27, at his office at Public Safety Headquarters. With the chief were City Attorney Cathy Hampton, senior assistant city attorney Amber Robinson, APD spokesperson Carlos Campos, Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman, LGBT liaisons Officers Brian Sharp and Patricia Powell, Major Erica Shields and Deputy Chief Renee Propes, who is openly gay.

LGBT advisory board members present were Glen Paul Freedman, Tracy Elliott, Philip Rafshoon, Ebonee Bradford-Barnes, Josh Noblitt, Molly Simmons and Terence McPhaul. Absent from the meeting were board members Betty Couvertier and Tracee McDaniel.

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board announces next meeting

The Atlanta Police Department's LGBT Advisory Board will hold its next meeting Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall, 2nd Floor, City Council Committee Room 2.

Among the items to be discussed are updated changes to the APD's LGBT Diversity Training and the continued impact of the Atlanta Eagle raid settlement.

The Advisory Board's previous meeting saw members voice support of the Citizens Review Board's recommendation that officers involved in the Atlanta Eagle raid be suspended for three days without pay and receive Fourth Amendment training.

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Atlanta police launch LGBT advisory board

The new Atlanta Police GLBT Advisory Board

Questions about the controversial Atlanta Eagle raid, the status of former LGBT liaison Dani Lee Harris, the appointment of a new liaison, as well as how to rebuild trust between the LGBT community and the Atlanta Police Department were topics at the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta Police Department’s newly formed GLBT advisory board.

The nine-member board met Sept. 20 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Chief George Turner addressed the board briefly.

“We really do endeavor to do this better. To build our relationships, to be educated,” Turner said.{jcomments off}

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Atlanta police LGBT advisory board meets Monday

The Atlanta Police Department announced the first scheduled meeting of the city’s LGBT Advisory Board.

The panel will meet at Saint Mark United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.