Here’s another example of one of the deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system. Even in the rare cases where bad cops are fired for lying about their own illegal and unconstitutional actions, they often just move on to another department and get new jobs. That’s what is happening in Georgia right now, where two cops who were fired for lying about a clearly illegal and corrupt raid on a gay bar have now been hired by a local sheriff’s department:
The Clayton County sheriff has hired two of the former Atlanta Police Department officers who were fired in the aftermath and investigations of the botched and unconstitutional Eagle raid, according to a report by WSB TV.
Clayton Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told WSB reporter Mark Winne he had no worries about hiring former APD Sgt. Willie Adams and Officer Cayenne Mayes. APD Chief George Turner fired the two men for lying during an in investigation of the 2009 raid on the gay bar.
Adams and Mayes tried to get their jobs back with the APD by appealing to the city’s Civil Service Board but the three-board panel upheld the firings in both cases. They were also defendants in a federal civil lawsuit filed by patrons of the bar; the city settled that suit for more than $1 million. Two other lawsuits filed by employees and patrons of the bar resulted in the city paying out another approximate $500,000 in settlements.
Mayes, a member of the now-disbanded Red Dog Unit, was also named in a separate lawsuit by men who alleged they were illegally strip searched in public. The city settled that lawsuit for $470,000.
The Clayton sheriff told WSB that APD’s loss is Clayton County’s gain.
“I respect the judgment of the Atlanta police department. Certainly Chief George Turner is a friend and mentor of mine,” Sheriff Kimbrough said in an interview with Winne. “The upside is that the citizens of Clayton County get some of the finest-trained, most experienced officers.”
He actually said that with a straight face. Which is why corruption runs so deep — even when there are consequences for corrupt cops, they just move on to the next job.
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