George Joseph

WNYC Investigative reporter

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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:

NYPD Rolls Out Civilian Panel To Review Potential Hate Crimes

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The group will vet NYPD decisions on what cases do or do not go to the Hate Crime Task Force.


One Hundred Convictions Involving One NYPD Detective Could Be Purged In Manhattan

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The move comes nearly two years after Manhattan prosecutors first brought perjury charges against the former NYPD detective.


Disciplinary Data Shows Some Correction Officers Keep Their Jobs Despite Repeat Misconduct Findings

Monday, April 12, 2021

The misconduct findings included excessive force, false or inaccurate statements, and improper chemical deployments against incarcerated people.


How Far Will the New Queens DA go to Reform the Office?

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

A closer look at the need to reform the Queens DA office.

This Man Spent Two Decades In Prison Because of Prosecutorial Misconduct In Queens (Part 2)

Monday, April 05, 2021

Last month, George Bell walked out of prison after serving more than two decades of what was supposed to be a life sentence.


This Man Spent Two Decades In Prison Because of Prosecutorial Misconduct In Queens (Part 1)

Friday, April 02, 2021

George Bell was finally released last month.


What To Expect As Governor Cuomo's Deadline For Police Reform Looms

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hundreds of police departments across the state have to submit reform plans or face losing state funding.


New Study Criticizes Courts For "Penalizing" Those Who Refuse To Plead Guilty

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Many New York defense attorneys believe that defendants, by choosing to exercise their right to a trial by jury, are exposed to stiffer sentences.

Connecticut AG Pushes For Protections For Museums Who Want To Drop The Sackler Name

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Art activists argue museums should no longer honor members of a family who own the pharmaceutical company accused of helping fuel the opioid crisis.


Asian New Yorkers Consider Ways To Combat Hate Crimes in Wake of Atlanta Shootings

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Residents have floated proposals involving the NYPD and neighborhood organizations after shootings in Atlanta-area leave 8 people dead, 6 of them Asian.

Poll: Cuomo Retains Support With Black Voters, But His Numbers Are Dropping

Monday, March 15, 2021

The new poll from the Siena College Research Institute also found that only 35% of New York voters believe he should resign immediately.


Cuomo's Support Among Non-White Voters Remains Strong

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Polls suggest that many non-white voters still view Cuomo favorably. 


How You Can Now Access NYPD and Corrections Officers' Misconduct Records

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Over the last week, New York City agencies have published thousands of police and corrections officers' misconduct records online.


The NYPD Officer Who Flashed An Apparent White Power Gesture At a Protest Has Been Identified

Monday, March 08, 2021

The NYPD officer who was caught making an apparent white power gesture during a protest last year has been identified. 


Meet the Companies That Furnish American Prisons

Monday, March 08, 2021

From desks and uniforms to restraint jackets and tear gas, there's a whole industry dedicated to furnishing America's jails and prisons.  

After Months Of Delays, NYPD Watchdog Published Officers' Misconduct Records

Thursday, March 04, 2021

The database allows the public a glimpse into civilians' complaints against individual police officers.


Protesters Rally Outside of Governor Cuomo's Manhattan Office

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

A small group of progressive activists and elected officials held a demonstration demanding the governor's resignation.


NY Governor Cuomo, Facing Pressure, Changes Course After Ferocious Blowback

Sunday, February 28, 2021

After first saying he would authorize an "independent review" of sexual harassment allegations against him, Governor Andrew Cuomo reversed course after receiving backlash.


Two Big NYPD Stories

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Two stories from WNYC and Gothamist on police oversight and accountability

The CCRB Found This Officer Used A Banned Chokehold. Two Years Later, He Has Still Not Been Disciplined.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In January, the NYPD rolled out new disciplinary guidelines for infractions like chokeholds. Advocates are watching to see if the department sticks to the new guidance in this case.