According to police spokesperson Traci Hughes, the decision won’t go into effect until Lanier meets with gay and Latino activists “just to make sure their needs are addressed. But the decentralization is still planned.”
Hughes emphasized that the move will not eliminate the units, just spread their personnel around the city. “The units will still exist. It’s inaccurate to refer to the action of the chief as disbanding the unit,” she says. “They’ll still be working on the issues that are relevant to the gay and lesbian units.”
The meeting with community members is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20. Hughes could not comment on where or when it would be, or if the meeting will be open to the public.
EDITOR’S NOTE, 5:04 P.M.: To avoid confusion with the headline, the same goes for the Latino Liason Unit as well: The department is holding off making any changes until it consults with Latino community members. No, we didn’t confuse Latinos with lesbians.