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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.

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Atlanta Police GLBT Advisory Board has place on department’s website

The Atlanta Police Department’s new GLBT Advisory Board now has a place on the APD’s website. There’s not much on it right now — the nine-member board met for the first time on Monday — but there is a list of email address of all members in case you want to contact them about any concerns.

Glen Paul Freedman is the chair of the board, Terence McPhaul is vice-chair and Ebonee Bradford-Barnes is secretary.

“This site will include our meeting agendas, meeting minutes, advisory group member contact information, by-laws, events and additional information.  This is a good step forward towards working together and a first for APD,” said Freedman in an email statement.

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Atlanta Police LGBT advisory board meets, questions raised about second gay liaison

Atlanta Police Department LGBT Advisory Board

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

Chief George Turner addressed the board this morning at its meeting at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, saying that a second LGBT liaison will be appointed soon to help Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell. But others wanted to know what happened to Dani Lee Harris, who has been on leave since April.

“If we are to establish trust between the community and the APD there has to be dialogue,” said board member Betty Couvertier, a longtime activist who hosts the LGBT radio show “Alternative Perspectives” on WRFG 89.3 FM. “We need to have information about Dani. We have talked to her and she’s not very happy and we need to take that into consideration. She is without pay.”