In their series, "Tainted Justice," Philadelphia Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman uncovered a culture of corruption among members of an elite narcotics squad on Philadelphia's police force.
Relying on old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting, the duo worked for months to expose a team of crooked cops who filed fraudulent search warrants, sexually harassed women during raids, looted bodegas for cash and commodities, and cut the stores' surveillance cameras to cover up the crimes.
Laker and Ruderman went up against Philadelphia's police establishment, waded knee-deep in research, and met face-to-face with drug dealers in the city's toughest neighborhoods to get their story.
For their efforts, the women were awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the first female team in the award's history to do so. See: TakePart.com
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