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Mayor: ‘Second GLBT liaison’ to be appointed for Atlanta Police Department

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

A second LGBT liaison to the Atlanta Police Department will be named in the near future, according to a press release from the APD today.

In the release, which also announces the members of the new nine-member LGBT advisory board, Mayor Kasim Reed “pledged to have the Atlanta Police Department appoint a second GLBT liaison.” Having two LGBT liaisons on the APD was a campaign promise he made last year while running for mayor.

However, what is not said in the release is what will happen to Dani Lee Harris, the former LGBT liaison who went on medical leave in April after she said suffered gran mal seizures.

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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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Target is low-hanging fruit

The gays are mad at Target because the corporation made a hefty campaign contribution to a man who is obviously anti-gay and who is running for governor of Minnesota.

Yes, this sucks. Anyone who works against us is an ass. So, see you later, “Dr.” Laura. I wouldn’t get a pap smear from her either, Kathy.

And this guy running for governor, whatever his name is, obviously is wrong and Target, as inclusive as it is with its non-discrimination statements and willingness to hire and offer benefits to LGBT people — well, it would have been better if they had not given $150,000 to someone who doesn’t believe their own employees deserve equal rights.

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Citizens Review Board: Police used abusive language in botched Atlanta Eagle bar raid

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board on Thursday sustained allegations of abusive, anti-gay and racist language used by Atlanta Police Department officers during the botched raid of the Atlanta Eagle last year. But the board chose not to make recommendations for disciplinary action until more investigations into complaints by employees and patrons were completed.

The Eagle is a gay bar located on Ponce de Leon Avenue. It was raided in September 2009.

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Atlanta Eagle raid makes impact on S.F. Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

The Sept. 10, 2009, police raid on the gay bar the Atlanta Eagle is making an impact across the country in San Francisco as the city’s Folsom Street Fair is paying tribute to the raid as well as a police raid on a Texas gay bar with its 2010 poster.

The fetish fair’s poster, set for Sept. 26, depicts a police lineup of colorful characters wearing a variety of bondage and leather gear.

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Citizens Review Board weighs Atlanta Eagle cases

Citizens Review Board Chair Joy Morrissey

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board will discuss the cases of Atlanta Eagle co-owner Robby Kelley and doorman Ernest Buehl at its July 8 meeting. The two men allege that the Atlanta Police Department, including members of the notorious Red Dog Unit, used abusive language toward them during the Sept. 10 raid on the gay bar.

The CRB took up its first of a total of 14 Atlanta Eagle complaints on June 10 when it upheld manager David Shepherd’s complaint that he was falsely arrested during the raid. The board also recommended Officer B.E. Bridges be issued a written reprimand to go into his personnel file and Officer John Brock be punished with a three-day suspension for their roles in Shepherd’s arrest. Atlanta Interim Police Chief George Turner has 30 days to respond to the CRB recommendations.

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Atlanta Police chief finalists meet in town hall forum

Candidates for the Atlanta Police Chief position

At the recent town hall forum to let the public meet the three finalists to be the next Atlanta police chief, Mayor Kasim Reed acknowledged that many believe there has been a breach of confidence between the city’s residents and the police department.

“Tonight we begin repairing that breach,” Reed said during opening remarks on June 3 at the Atlanta Civic Center.

The three candidates are interim Chief George Turner; Dr. Cedric Alexander, head of the Transportation Security Administration at the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas International Airport; and Robert White, the Louisville, Kentucky Metro police chief.

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Speaking out: Your comments on APD’s new liaison and Ga’s new bully bill

Atlanta police still need to apologize for Eagle raid
Re: “Atlanta police want to sweeten relationship with LGBT community” (News, May 28)

Of course they want to sweeten the relationship. They are tired of being sued.

Except for [GA Voice Deputy Editor Dyana Bagby’s] astute, articulate articles, and [Eagle lawsuit attorney] Dan Grossman’s comprehensive legal expertise, there has been no sense that anyone, including the APD, the City of Atlanta, or our local LGBT so-called leaders have had the slightest clue about the seriousness and legalities of what happened at the Eagle. If the police and the city had, even after the fact, realized the gravity of their actions, they wouldn’t have taken the “underwear dancing” case to trial. And the police would have apologized formally by now for their Gestapo-like actions in September.

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Atlanta police want to sweeten relationship with LGBT community

Atlanta's new LGBT Liaison Officer Patricia Powell

Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell, the new LGBT liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, has stopped in at least one gay-owned business to introduce herself as part of her new duties.

“My initial thought [of Powell] is I’m impressed,” said Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, who said Powell dropped into his store about two weeks ago and also attended the Pearl Cleage reading on May 20.

Mayor Kasim Reed pledged earlier this year that Atlanta would have at least two fulltime LGBT police liaisons, but confusion remains as to whether Powell’s appointment truly fulfills that goal.