Atlanta police name additional LGBT liason

6:05 p.m Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 Atlanta News

The Atlanta Police Department has named a second officer to serve as the agency’s liaison with the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

APD announced Thursday officer Eric King would be the department’s second LGBT liaison, replacing Sgt. Kristin Knight who was promoted. King has been on the APD force five years and most recently was a bicycle officer in the West End and Greenbriar Mall areas.

Officer Brian Sharp is APD’s other LGBT liaison.

That position and who fills it are at the center of a pending federal lawsuit.

In a suit filed last month, Darlene Harris said APD used her grand mal seizures as a pretext for offering to demote or fire her after her formal complaint against a co-worker who made derogatory comments about her sexual orientation.

An internal affairs investigation found Harris’ claims about the comments to be true. But the department also said she was not “fit for duty” as the liaison because she cannot drive a patrol car with the lights flashing.

Harris is still with APD but the department has not said what her current assignment is despite multiple requests for the information.

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