How they did it: Philadelphia Inquirer reporters expose how police officers abused a disability benefit


Here’s a tip if you’re planning a stakeout as part of your reporting: Don’t load up on doughnuts and coffee, because then you’ll have to use the bathroom. Instead, take a power bar or a small energy drink.

That’s one piece of advice from the three Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporters Barbara LakerDavid Gambacorta and William Bender, who exposed police officers’ abuse of Pennsylvania’s “Heart and Lung” disability benefit. While on leave, some had started businesses, were playing sports or running marathons.

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