It didn’t take confronting her in the paint aisle at Home Depot, but City Council member Anne Fauver finally speaks out about the Sept. 10 raid at the Eagle, the gay bar in her district.
Pay attention, though. What Fauver finally had to say more than three weeks after the controversial raid was brief, if not belated.
“I’ve impressed on [the police] that it is important we get an early resolution,” Fauver said.
“This shouldn’t have happened. Now we’ve got to figure out what disciplinary action is appropriate and what sensitivity training is needed.”
Fauver’s quip came courtesy of Southern Voice, which talked with her in light of her push to add cameras to Piedmont Park.
Fauver, the lone openly gay member of the Atlanta City Council, is retiring when her second term ends later this year. But she’s spending her remaining weeks in office seemingly more concerned with cameras in the park and old taxis roaming the streets than the Eagle raid.
She hasn’t appeared at either rally held in the wake of the Sept. 10 incident, nor did she appear at a community forum Monday that brought together police, LGBT leaders and those arrested for the first time. Three of the six people hoping to replace her on the council — the gay ones, Steve Brodie, Miguel Gallegos and Alex Wan — did attend the session, along with gay candidate Adam Brackman. He’s seeking the Post 1 At Large position on the Atlanta City Council.
Fauver and her colleagues, by the way, on Monday vote to add six cameras to the park. Once installed, they will be monitored by an officer in the police department’s Zone 5 mini-precinct, meaning an officer in the short-staffed Midtown area will be desk-bound instead of patrolling the streets. That’s one less cop that could be searching for the killer of 43-year-old Patrick Boland, a gay man stabbed to death in the park in May.