Tainted Justice

by longformphilly


Barbara Laker & Wendy Ruderman | Philadelphia Daily News | June 2009

BURLY narcotics officer yanked down the young woman’s underwear as they stood in the doorway of her second-floor Frankford apartment, she said.

The officer – one of 10 who participated in a drug raid of the apartment downstairs – allegedly jammed his fingers into her vagina. When she tried to pull away, he grabbed her hard enough to rip her shirt, she said.

The penetration of his fingers was so forceful that she began to bleed. She said she thought he had scratched her – or worse, caused internal damage.

A few hours later, she ended up at Episcopal Hospital. Nurses ordered a rape kit and alerted the police Special Victims Unit.

That night, Oct. 16, 2008, the woman didn’t know the name of the officer.

But the police Internal Affairs Bureau had a hunch:

Writer bio: Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the “Tainted Justice” series, which exposed police corruption. Laker has been with the Daily News for more than 20 years, and Ruderman wrote for The Inquirer for six years before joining The People Paper in 2007.

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