After transwoman Taysia Elzy and her boyfriend were brutally murdered in late 2008, Indiana Equality met with then Public Safety Director Scott Newman in an attempt to establish a police liaison with the LGBT community. While the org touted their success in moving the ball forward, Newman has since left office and the position was never created.
Indianapolis prosecutor candidate Terry Curry confirmed to me last week at the Indiana Stonewall Democrats mixer that he would create the position if elected to the job. In a statement e-mailed to me, Burns confirmed his commitment to our community while backing away slightly from the promise to establish an LGBT-specific liaison.
Curry faces a primary opponent in Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes. While Bowes was a City-County Councilor he was instrumental in passing an inclusive human rights ordinance that included the LGBT community. Curry is the party's slated candidate.
The statement Curry e-mailed me is after the jump.
Photo credit: Wilson Allen Pictured: State Representative Mary Ann Sullivan, Marion County Prosecuting Attorney candidate Terry Curry, and Indiana Equality lobbyist Mark St. John.
You inquired on Wednesday night for my position regarding a liaison in the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to the GLBT community. During our brief conversation, I explained how I believed the concept of a liaison was consistent with my thoughts regarding the community prosecutor unit of MCPO. Specifically, it would be my intention to significantly expand that unit in order to engage all constituencies in the county, such as neighborhood associations, churches, GLBT community, African-American community, Latino community, and all who are concerned with public safety issues. I would anticipate that we will establish procedures for systematic and frequent flow of information between the Prosecutor's Office and such groups. The ultimate goal will be to create effective partnerships to collectively address the issues confronting our community.
The only qualification I would add is that I do not believe that it is feasible to have a single liaison for all such groups. The point of contact from the Prosecutor's perspective would be the Community Prosecutor unit. On the other hand, it is obvious that the groups identified above do not necessarily speak with a single voice. We will need to give further thought to how such groups would be represented in the collective effort, and I welcome your thoughts and suggestions in that regard.
I reiterate that it will be my intention to reach out and affirmatively engage all constituencies from Day One.