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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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APD’s Office of Professional Standards commander accused of ‘misconduct’

Moses Perdue, the commander of the Office of Professional Standards with the Atlanta Police Department, has been relieved of his duties by Chief George Turner “as a result of allegations of misconduct currently being investigated by the Compliance Unit of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Law,” states a press release today from the APD.

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Police chief: Gays not targeted in recent crime spate

Atlanta Chief of Police George Turner

Acting Atlanta Police Chief George Turner understands there is a rift between LGBT residents and his department, and he hopes a town hall meeting organized by the police and openly gay Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan will help mend that fracture.

The meeting was scheduled for July 22, after Georgia Voice press time.

“We’ve not had a specific meeting for the GLBT community and so we felt it appropriate to building a relationship,” Turner said July 19.

“We’re getting the LGBT advisory board back up and want to work on a partnership,” Turner said.

The nine-member board may start meeting as soon as this fall, said Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell, the department’s new LGBT liaison.