Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty promises gay activists he will increase efforts to fight anti-gay hate violence and will comply with a longstanding "but little known requirement" to submit to the City Council an annual report on hate crimes in the city.
That's according to the Washington Blade, which reports Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier met as scheduled with representatives of Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence. The administration reportedly made concessions on policing and prosecution, but, was not willing to issue a formal statement.
The mayor also agreed to immediately arrange for his office to comply with a longstanding but little known requirement that the D.C. mayor submit to the City Council an annual report on hate crimes in the city.
Lanier agreed to keep GLOV up to date on police training programs related to hate crimes, Metrokin said. He said she also made a commitment to carry out a plan she announced in 2007 to keep the department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit’s central office intact in Dupont Circle while assigning gay and lesbian officers to serve as liaisons to the GLLU at each of the department’s seven districts.
agree to add two more officers to GLLU and restore staffing to its level of one year ago.
Another important development coming from the meeting regards the case of Tony Randolph Hunter, the black gay Maryland man who died after a brutal street attack near a popular gay bar in Northwest Washington DC. GLOV has complained that the U.S. Attorney’s office is not aggressively prosecuting Robert Hanna, the 18-year-old man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the September beating death. Police initially believed the attack was motivated by anti-gay bias but later said they had "insufficient evidence" to support that motive.
Activists say also Fenty and Lanier will "facilitate
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