Charlotte P.D., community should follow Atlanta’s lead

In our May 1 issue, qnotes profiled the efforts of some local LGBT leaders who are seeking to build a better relationship with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Some of their efforts include discussions on better and more LGBT-inclusive police education and a possible LGBT liaison position for CMPD.

Just three hours southwest of us, Atlanta’s LGBT community is having their own discussion over issues with their police liaisons.

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The Georgia Voice (composed of staff from the old Southern Voice) have been working the story ever since the police raid on the Atlanta Eagle last year.

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In our article on CMPD issues, we chatted with the Voice’s editor, Laura Douglas-Brown. She said the relationship between the police department and community could be better. Now, it seems, Atlanta police officials are trying desperately to make that happen.

Charlotte — both the LGBT community and police department — should follow Atlanta’s lead and work toward closer, better-maintained relationships.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.