Atlanta cop fired for Eagle raid lies gets job back

Add this share

A Georgia court ordered Atlanta to rehire Sgt. Willie Adams, one of several police officers fired for lying about their roles in the botched raid of gay Atlanta bar the Eagle.

Sgt. Willie Adams will be reinstated to Atlanta police and receive back pay, according to the court ruling. WSB first reported the court decision on Wednesday.

"He feels nervous because he still doesn't believe they will actually do it," Mary Huber, Adams' attorney, tells WSB. "This hurt this officer very deeply."

Turner suspended Adams and six other officers in June 2011 and then fired him and five others days later. The discipline came in the wake of two damning reports about the agency's role in the botched raid in September 2009. Adams was fired for lying about his actions during the raid in the later investigations, an action the city's civil service board upheld. The raid cost the city some $2.7 million in legal fees and lawsuit settlements.

A police union, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, paid Adams' legal fees. Last year, a Fulton Superior court judge overturned the firing and the city appealed. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Adams, ordering the city to rehire him.

"A careful and complete review of the entire record, the transcripts, and the briefs of the parties reveals that the superior court correctly concluded that no evidence in the record supported the Board's findings," the court ruled.

Adams and Cayenne Mayes, also fired for lying about his role in the Eagle raid, were later hired by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

A statement from Mayor Kasim Reed's office said the city "respectfully disagrees" with the court's decision.

Chief George Turner dismissed Willie Adams based on inconsistent statements Adams made during the City’s investigations into the Eagle matter. Chief Turner takes violations of the Atlanta Police Department’s work rules seriously and, in fact, three APD work rule violations were upheld against Adams. Adams’s dismissal was the only discipline resulting from the Eagle investigations which was overturned. While the City of Atlanta respectfully disagrees with the Court's decision, the City is prepared to reinstate Adams to his former position.


Defining our own LGBTQ love stories beyond marriage

Younger. Older. Coupled. Single. Any and all LGBTQ subcultures. Wherever you stand, you may notice an odd phenomenon: the polarizing notion that same-sex couples should get...

AIDS Walk canceled but fundraising continues for HIV groups

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of the 30th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta, but that hasn't stopped fundraising for the event’s beneficiaries.Organizers decided to...

The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Movies and parties meet you online, while venues welcome you back with socially acceptable distance. LGBTQ Atlanta events beckon with downtime options through Sunday.Friday,...

Running scared from that other ‘L’ Word: Love

Q: My girlfriend is getting too close for comfort. She says my past heartbreaks are obstacles to me feeling the same way about her as...

WSB’s Jorge Estevez’s secret to surviving the pandemic? Snacks

Jorge Estevez moved to Atlanta to start his new job just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic hit, then racial justice protests unfolded and a...




Index, ring fingers tell the secret of your penis

The next time you’re cruising Mr. Right Now, take a gander at his index and ring fingers. The difference between the two predicts what you’ll find when the package gets unwrapped. Less is more. Really.
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium 2020

Massive expansion of ‘Church’ bar finally open after 2020 plot twists

Grant Henry’s vision is always unique, his dreams always big, and the quirky results always undeniable. Patrons see that dynamic in action again with...

Georgia LGBTQ leaders endorse Biden as pro-equality ‘champion’

Eleven LGBTQ leaders from metro Atlanta joined some 300 others nationwide to endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, calling them “the most pro-equality ticket...

10 gender identities to know and respect beyond the binary

Between, beside and beyond the binary come those people who identify outside the traditional male and female roles and expectations.