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Did jealous rage lead ex-girlfriend to allegedly kill gay East Point police officer?

Fulton County prosecutors said an apparent jealous rage led Danielle Parker to shoot and kill her ex-girlfriend, an East Point police officer, over the Fourth of July weekend.

At a preliminary hearing today, Fulton Judge Karen Smith Woodson found probable cause on counts of malice murder, felony murder, felony assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony against Danielle Parker, charged with killing Crystal Parker, a decorated East Point corporal who Officer of the Year for 2010-2012. A bond hearing is set for Aug. 7.

Danielle Parker, who sat in during today's preliminary hearing wearing a blue Fulton County jail jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and waist, is accused of killing East Point Cpl. Crystal Parker during the early morning hours of July 4; Crystal Park's body was discovered July 7. Danielle Parker was arrested and charged with the killing on July 9. Her defense attorney is Stanley Constant.

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Gay East Point officer allegedly killed by ex-girlfriend

An East Point police officer killed by a gunshot to the head was allegedly killed by her former roommate, according to the police. Friends and family of the officer are saying the two women were girlfriends at one time.

Danielle Parker was arrested Tuesday in the killing of Cpl. Crystal Parker, a six-year veteran of the East Point Police Department who was named Officer of the Year in 2012.

No motive and no specifics about the relationship between the two women were given by police. Police did say the two women lived together at one time.

Charlotte Cagle of East Point, a straight ally who is a volunteer for the annual East Point Possums Show, said Tuesday night that Cpl. Parker was gay and she and Danielle were dating. She did not know Danielle, however, she said.

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[UPDATE] Atlanta police arrest gay icon Baton Bob after alleged physical altercation, threats

The gay man known as Baton Bob who loves to twirl a baton in a tutu while strutting Atlanta's streets was arrested today by the Atlanta Police Department after an alleged altercation with a security guard at Colony Square in Midtown.

APD spokesperson Carlos Campos explained what happened in a statement this evening:

"The preliminary information available on this incident seems to indicate that Bob Jamerson, who performs on the street as 'Baton Bob,' was arrested around noon today after reports of a  verbal altercation with security guards at 1197 Peachtree Street. An off-duty Atlanta Police officer working for Midtown Blue was called and made the arrest. Arrest warrants were secured from a Magistrate Court judge and Mr. Jamerson was charged with simple assault and obstruction of a law enforcement officer," he said.

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Gay Duluth police officer alleging discrimination rejects city’s $21,000 settlement offer

A gay Duluth police officer who says he was harassed by superiors because of his sexual orientation is meeting with city officials today after rejecting a $21,000 settlement offer from the city earlier this week, according to WSB radio.

Officer Bobby Johnson filed a complaint with the EEOC in February naming Lt. Chuck Wilson and Chief Randy Belcher for making anti-gay comments. Johnson said he was often the target of anti-gay jokes.

"The work environment became so hostile, I couldn't stand it," Johnson told the Duluth Patch.

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Trans woman alleges abuse by Savannah police, jail officials

A transsexual woman arrested April 7 in Savannah, Ga., is claiming she was harassed by police officers after she was charged with indecent exposure.

A police report from the Savannah Police Department states Ashley Del Valle, who said she was visiting Savannah from New York, had her breasts exposed and nipples showing.

Savannah police and the Chatham County Sheriff's Department deny handling the case unprofessionally.

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UPDATED: Fired Atlanta Eagle raid officer wins appeal to get job back


Former Atlanta Police Sgt. Willie Adams, a supervisor of the unconstitutional raid on the Atlanta Eagle, won an appeal in court today in his attempt to get his job back with the APD.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee ruled in Adams' favor in his attempt to get back on the Atlanta police force where he was a 20-year veteran before being fired in the midst of the Eagle raid scandal. His firing was upheld in 2011 by the city's Civil Service Board and then appealed to court.

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YouthPride ED removed from Atlanta working group to reduce prostitution

The controversial leader of YouthPride has been removed from the city’s working group studying ways to end prostitution, but the mayor’s office and City Councilman Michael Bond disagree on who made the decision.

Terence McPhaul, executive director of YouthPride, an organization that serves LGBT youth, was informed Friday, March 22, that he was no longer on the group, Bond said. The decision was made days after the city announced those on the working group in a press release.

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Atlanta gay cop needs your help to catch a dream


Officer Brian Sharp, one of the two Atlanta Police Department's LGBT liaisons, is asking for your help. Not to track a thief, but to fund a record album already titled "Against the Grain" he hopes to make this summer.

Sharp unveiled his Kickstarter campaign on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday and is seeking to raise $5,000 in two months to record an EP with at least six songs on it. He's asking people donate in $25, $150 and a $1,000 VIP gift. Those who give at all levels will receive a signed copy of the CD, those who give $150 will also get a t-shirt. And those who donate $1,000 will get to go to Nashville, Tenn., with Sharp and watch as he records his debut CD.

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Controversial YouthPride ED named to city of Atlanta’s working group to reduce prostitution

Several gay Atlantans have been named to a working panel to try to find ways to reduce prostitution in the city following backlash over a proposed ordinance to "banish" prostitutes.

Some on the list will not come as surprises to those who followed the controversy, including Peggy Denby, president of the Midtown-Ponce Security Alliance — the only person who spoke out in favor of banishing prostitutes at public hearings. Denby has said she has a particular problem with "men" prostitutes. These include cross dressers and transgender people.

Gay leaders are part of the mix, too, including Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality.

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Atlanta banishment legislation dropped; task force to study prostitution issues


In a work session today, the Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Committee dropped the proposed banishment ordinance targeting prostitutes and decided to instead form a task force to study the root causes of sex work.

Proposed by Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, the "banishment ordinance" could bar convicted prostitutes from “areas of prostitution,” or even from the entire city after a second prostitution conviction.

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New Year’s stabbing suspect released on $35,000 bond

Luke O'Donovan, 19, charged in the stabbing of several people at a New Year's party, is set to be released today or tomorrow on a $35,000 bond. 

The bond was set today in Fulton Magistrate Court. O'Donovan did not appear in the courtroom but some 25 of his family and friends gathered at the courthouse to show support. When they learned of his release from O'Donovan's attorney Greg Schwarz, they cheered in the hallway outside the courtroom.

His friends, who started a website and fundraising campaign, say O'Donovan was a victim of a "queerbashing.”