Daily News wins!

Posted: April 13, 2010

The Daily News loves to fight for the little guy.

Well, score one for the Daily News and two of its fearless reporters. Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism Monday for a series of stories that exposed a rogue police narcotics squad.

Kudos, too, to Inquirer cartoonist Tony Auth, a Pulitzer finalist for his drawings "expressing consistently fearless positions on national and local issues."

The awards once again affirm the important role that vibrant newspapers play - even in tough times - not just here in the Cradle of Liberty, but across America. The Daily News stories displayed dogged reporting and led to a review of hundreds of criminal cases tainted by the scandal, and an FBI-led investigation of the police officers.

The stories detailed how members of a police narcotics unit disabled security cameras when raiding corner bodegas. After the officers left, the shop owners - mostly immigrants who spoke little English - alleged cash and merchandise were missing.

The Daily News also reported allegations from three women who said officers fondled and groped them during drug raids. The narcotics unit has since been overhauled. Laker and Ruderman showed that no one is above the law. Not even the police.

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