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|Atlanta police LGBT Advisory Group speaks out on behalf of Major Khirus Williams|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 10, 2011 08:51|
The Atlanta Police Department's LGBT Advisory Group is stepping up to speak on Zone 5 Commander Major Khirus Williams' behalf after it was made public he was being "forced into retirement" for leaking internal information to eliminate community-oriented policing.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Major Williams claims to have been “forced into retirement” after leaking an internal proposal that would have eliminated community-oriented policing. The AJC also reports that Williams was a 26-year veteran of the force and was considered as a possible replacement for Chief Richard Pennington after his retirement in 2010.
A Public Safety Committee meeting is set for today at Atlanta City Hall at 3 p.m. in Committee Room 2.
In a letter sent to Chief George Turner today, the LGBT Advisory Board writes:
Dear Chief Turner:
The members of the LGBT Atlanta Police Department Advisory Group have been advised that APD Major & Zone 5 Commander Khirus Williams will be retiring from the force this week.
The advisory group members feel that Major Williams’ retirement would be a huge loss to the LGBT community and the citizens of Zone 5. His dedication to the force and full support of the LGBT Advisory Group and the LGBT community at-large has been outstanding and very much appreciated.
We would like to thank Major Williams for his dedicated years of service and we would support him to remain on the force in Zone 5.
The Advisory Group continues to value working with you, your staff and the LGBT APD Liaison Officers to strengthen the relationship between our community and the APD.
Please feel free to contact myself or any member of the Advisory Group with any questions or concerns.
LGBT Atlanta Police Department Advisory Group Members:
Glen Paul Freedman
Top photo: Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (file photo)
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