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:

Staten Island DA Resists Exoneration Request Despite Video Showing An Officer Appearing to Plant Drugs

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The officer has been accused of drug planting before.


Mount Vernon Activists Protest Lack of Disciple Following the Mount Vernon Police Tapes

Monday, October 19, 2020

Dozens of protesters called directly on Mount Vernon's mayor to take action.


Manhattan DA Candidates Debate Gang Prosecutions, Police Accountability

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

All nine candidates promised major changes for the District Attorney's office.

Anxiety Over Mail-In Ballots Pushes Residents to Weigh Political And Health Risks

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WNYC interviewed many residents who said they were going to vote in person, despite the risks posed by Covid-19.


New York City Elementary School Students Head Back to Class in Shifts

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In-person classes have resumed for some New York City elementary school students.


The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secret Recordings, Cop Says Armed Gunman Roamed City Streets With Impunity

Thursday, September 24, 2020

As part of continuing series, investigative reporter George Joseph reports from Mount Vernon, this time on gun violence.


New York Prisons Use Artificial Intelligence To Flag Potentially Suspicious Phone Calls

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.


Mount Vernon Puts Controversial Detective On Desk Duty, Removes Others From Plainclothes Operations

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. 


The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Calls, Officers Allege Beatings In Custody And Illegal Strip Searches

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. 


Thousands of New Documents Reveal NYPD Findings of False Statements and Other Misconduct

Monday, August 24, 2020

Staten Island's District Attorney released thousands of pages of documents on police misconduct dating back decades.


Staten Island DA Releases Thousands Of Records Documenting NYPD Misconduct And Dishonesty

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.


Previously Secret Complaint Data Show Aggressive Tactics Of NYPD Warrant Squad In Controversial Protest Video

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.


New Yorkers Can Now See Records On Thousands of NYPD Officers With Substantiated Complaints

Monday, July 27, 2020

The news organization ProPublica has published thousands of civilian complaints against NYPD officers. 


Federal Judge Blocks Planned Mass Release Of NYPD Misconduct Records

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.


Inspired by Black Lives Matter, Mount Vernon Tries to Transform Its Police Department

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.


NYPD Numbers Show Summer Shooting Spike Continues

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Police leaders, unions, and reform activists disagree on why the surge is happening.


Shootings Continue Over the Weekend As NYPD Launches Gun Violence Initiative

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Thirteen people have been shot since Friday when the NYPD launched its new strategy.


Westchester County DA Concedes Election Following Criticism Over His Handling Of The Mount Vernon Police Tapes

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. 


Westchester's District Attorney Takes Beating In Primary After Revelations Of Secret Police Tapes

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.

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