Press: The Cop Tamers

Winning a Pulitzer in Philly

Jonathan Neumann was still new on the job as a court reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1976 when he noticed that, although murder suspects routinely testified that they had been beaten by police, officials never investigated. When Neumann, a former New Yorker, asked an editor what was going on, he was told: "Welcome to Philadelphia."

William Marimow knew better. A native Philadelphian, he had been an Inquirer reporter since 1972 and had seen the city's police grow increasingly intransigent under Mayor Frank Rizzo, the city's former top cop. The situation galled Marimow as much as it did...

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