Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 11, 2012
The city of Atlanta paid a law firm more than $1.2 million to investigate a 2009 police raid at a Midtown gay bar, almost as much as taxpayers spent to settle three lawsuits brought by patrons and employees who were in the Atlanta Eagle that night in 2009. According to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the expenses were for the eight months former U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley and others at the firm GreenbergTraurig spent reviewing documents and recordings, interviewing officers and witnesses, and then writing a 343-page report that said officers lied, knowingly violated the constitutional rights of the patrons, employees and owners of the Atlanta Eagle bar, and then tried to cover up what they had done by deleting cell phone files.