On Feb. 8, Interim Police Chief Willie Lovett met with me, the director of the Savannah chapter of Georgia Equality, and other members of the GLBT community. The members attending had been present at the leafletting incident on Oct. 22 2009 at The Trustees Theater.
We are elated that there were many positive and very encouraging outcomes and the path to the future looks bright and promising. We were delighted by the gracious manner of Chief Lovett and his willingness to reach out to our community on an ongoing basis.
It is our opinion that Chief Lovett genuinely wishes to repair any real or perceived harm that the GLBT community incurred as a result of the incident.
It was mutually agreed that the issue of city permitting must still be addressed with a view toward resolving this matter once and for all! Chief Lovett stated that he will refer the matter to City Attorney James Blackburn for legal review and guidance.
The ultimate outcome must provide for the protection of our quintessential constitutional right to free speech.