SUPPORT POLICE OFFICER DANI LEE HARRIS Sept 24, 2009 13:48:58 GMT -5
Post by admin on Sept 24, 2009 13:48:58 GMT -5
SUPPORT POLICE OFFICER DANI LEE HARRIS
The recent controversy surrounding the raid at the Atlanta Eagle continues. The investigation will reveal if Officers acted inappropriately and if they did, I’m sure they’ll be dealt with effectively. And if in fact, patrons of the bar were engaging in sex or taking drugs, that will come out too. The Atlanta Police Department GLBT Liaison, Police Officer Dani Lee Harris was not part of the raid. Whether or not she should have been made aware of it before hand is open to debate. Investigations of a confidential nature and certain raids and search warrant executions are not generally shared with other than those involved, for obvious reasons. Dani apparently did not become aware of the raid until after it was done and she responded to the bar and the community the next day to address the concerns of both. That is what I’ve read. It is pretty much standard procedure that was followed. Obviously though, there are people who will never accept her role as a liaison, calling her a pawn of the Department, etc. And Chief Pennington has been a vocal supporter of GLBT people and of GLBT Law Enforcement professionals. I’m a witness to that.
Atlanta Pride has named Officer Harris as well as Reverend Clay Glaser as Grand Marshals for this year’s Pride Parade. They are to be applauded for this move. Unfortunately some people in Atlanta have trouble differentiating between Officer Harris and the raid. There have been some vicious and unkind comments about Dani in the latest editions of Southern Voice online. Some have been so ugly in that they go to the very core of her being. Personally, I am disgusted by some of what I read. I’m posting a link to the latest article which is a statement from Atlanta Pride, in support of Dani Lee. But I want you to read the reader’s comments to see some of the venom directed at her. And then I’d like you to register at Southern Voice and post comments in support of her. She should not have to be victimized and vilified in the manner in which she has been.
Blue Pride stands behind and supports Police Officer Dani Lee Harris as an effective and worthy liaison to the community in Atlanta. I hope other groups around the country express their support as well. You can express your support on SoVo and here on Blue Pride as well. Please read the other threads and stories about Police Officer Harris on Blue Pride and in other areas of the internet.
Link to article: Atlanta Pride issues letter in support of police LGBT liaison as grand marshal