By Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker

Within the vein of Erin Brockovich, The Departed, and T. J. English's Savage urban comes Busted, the stunning actual tale of the largest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia heritage, a story of gear, strength, and abuse concerning a rogue narcotics squad, a personal informant, and veteran newshounds whose reporting drove a full-scale FBI probe, rocked town of cohesion, and earned a Pulitzer Prize .

In 2003, Benny Martinez turned a exclusive Informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics squad, assisting arrest approximately two hundred drug and gun purchasers over seven years. yet that luck masked a dismal and hazardous fact: the law enforcement officials have been as corrupt because the criminals they targeted.

In addition to fabricating busts, the squad systematically looted mom-and-pop shops, terrorizing hardworking immigrant proprietors. One squad member additionally sexually assaulted 3 girls in the course of raids. fearful for his existence, Martinez became to Philadelphia day-by-day information newshounds Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker.

Busted chronicles how those journalists—both middle-class operating mothers—formed an not likely bond with a convicted road broker to discover the secrets and techniques of ruthless kingpins and soiled law enforcement officials. execs in an shrinking from serious monetary cutbacks, Ruderman and Laker had few resources—besides their very own grit and tenacity—to holiday a perilous, complicated tale that may divulge the rotten underbelly of a latest American urban and earn them a Pulitzer Prize. A page-turning mystery according to very good reportage, illustrated with 8 pages of pictures, Busted is smooth real crime at its most interesting.

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When Vick first went off to college, Q went along to help Vick settle in. After a few months, Phillips moved back to Newport News, but the two remained as close as ever. In the ensuing years Phillips worked at odd jobs to make money and had run into some trouble, getting convicted of possession of sto­ len property in 1997 and pleading guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in 1999. In 2000 he was con­ victed of violating drug control laws and contempt of court, and in 2001 he was again convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Then comes the jangle of keys in the outer door. There are footsteps in the offices outside the main room, but still no one comes through the door. Other doors out in the hall open and close. The dogs bark and pace. Some of them jump up on their hind legs, pressing their front paws against the chain link. At last the door swings open. A man comes in and the dogs bark and wag and shake their bodies with excitement. The man leaves again but reappears a moment later dragging a hose. He squeezes the nozzle and begins to spray water across the room.

The sheds were locked, but Brownie had a key and he let the officers inside. It looked like a dogfighting operation, and Brinkman sent Officer Smith back to the magistrate’s office to get a second war­ rant authorizing a search for dogfighting evidence. As Smith set off, Brownie spoke up. There were more. He led the officers down a path to a clearing. They stopped when they saw the dogs chained to the axles, barking and lunging forward so that their collars pulled at their necks. Brownie continued down the path and through the trees.

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