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George Joseph is an investigative reporter, focusing on law enforcement corruption, misconduct, and surveillance technology. He joined WNYC's news team in 2019 and is now a member of its Race & Justice Unit. His first major series uncovered secret lists of police misconduct, maintained by prosecutors' offices across New York City. The series won the New York Associated Press Association's First Amendment award and prompted a federal court monitor to order the NYPD to incorporate such lists into a red flag algorithm for misconduct. He is currently in the middle of a series investigating allegations of rampant police corruption in Mount Vernon, New York, a city just north of the Bronx in Westchester County. Thus far, the reporting has drawn on secret recordings made by a whistleblower and dozens of interviews with police officers, drug dealers, and former prosecutors. The series resulted in the disbandment of the Mount Vernon Police Department’s narcotics unit. It also became the major campaign issue in the 2020 Westchester Democratic District Attorney primary, which resulted in the ouster of a sitting District Attorney.
George Joseph appears in the following:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The officer has been accused of drug planting before.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Dozens of protesters called directly on Mount Vernon's mayor to take action.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
All nine candidates promised major changes for the District Attorney's office.
Thursday, October 01, 2020
WNYC interviewed many residents who said they were going to vote in person, despite the risks posed by Covid-19.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
In-person classes have resumed for some New York City elementary school students.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
As part of continuing series, investigative reporter George Joseph reports from Mount Vernon, this time on gun violence.
Monday, September 14, 2020
A new report shows that New York prisons now have speech recognition technology that can flag suspicious keywords used in prison phone calls.
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
The Mt. Vernon Police Department has put a detective on desk duty, following WNYC’s publication of a video showing him in apparent violation of department rules.
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
A trove of secret recordings, made by a whistleblower cop in Mount Vernon, New York, reveal numerous allegations of police brutality and abuse.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Staten Island's District Attorney released thousands of pages of documents on police misconduct dating back decades.
Monday, August 24, 2020
The trove of documents contains hundreds of letters, previously sent to defense attorneys, outlining misconduct findings and allegations made against police witnesses going back decades.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Video of a protester being pushed into a unmarked NYPD van has sparked outcry. WNYC takes a closer look at the NYPD unit that made the controversial arrest.
Monday, July 27, 2020
The news organization ProPublica has published thousands of civilian complaints against NYPD officers.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
The ruling could delay the city's previously-announced plans to release thousands of misconduct records online until at least August.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
A small, New York City suburb with a history of police corruption and brutality allegations is taking a very different approach than the NYPD.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Police leaders, unions, and reform activists disagree on why the surge is happening.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Thirteen people have been shot since Friday when the NYPD launched its new strategy.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, in his first term, faced off against progressive challenger Mimi Rocah in last month's Democratic primary.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Challenger Mimi Rocah made a campaign issue of recordings showing alleged corruption in Mount Vernon's police department, and the incumbent's handling of the issue.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The latest in a WNYC series.