Guest list emerging for public forum on Eagle

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imageWho’s in? Who’s out? Like a teaser for an upcoming episode of “Project Runway,” additional details are trickling out about the list of participants for the public forum Monday to rehash the recent Eagle raid.

When organizers announced the 90-minute event Wednesday, they said to expect a full list of participants to be released by the end of the week. But they did hint that LGBT leaders and officials with the Atlanta Police Department would be on hand for the forum at Virginia Highland Church.

And then event organizer Kyle Keyser (photo), the founder of Atlantans Together Against Crime and a gay candidate for mayor, offered this to Creative Loafing:

A list of participants won’t be released until Friday. But Keyser was able to confirm with CL that the forum will include [LGBT Liaison Officer Dani Lee] Harris, Atlanta Police union head Sgt. Scott Kreher, Georgia Equality executive director Jeff Graham and Raymond Duke, president of African-American LGBT organization In The Life Atlanta.

“There’s going to be a couple other openly gay people on the police force [included],” Keyser says. ”They can not only talk about protocol but also their experience within the APD.”

So much for waiting until Friday.

Nevertheless, Monday’s forum is the first time police officials will sit with LGBT leaders to discuss the Sept. 10 incident. It’ll be interesting to see if the final list of participants will include top brass from the police department. Kreher is a frequent critic of the department’s leadership and Harris was shut out of the raid until after it was completed.

The raid resulted in eight arrests, two protests, calls from elected officials and political candidates for an investigation into police tactics and a public flap over grand marshals for the upcoming Pride parade.

View the full event listing for the Oct. 5 forum.


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