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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:
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The group will vet NYPD decisions on what cases do or do not go to the Hate Crime Task Force.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The move comes nearly two years after Manhattan prosecutors first brought perjury charges against the former NYPD detective.
Monday, April 12, 2021
The misconduct findings included excessive force, false or inaccurate statements, and improper chemical deployments against incarcerated people.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
A closer look at the need to reform the Queens DA office.
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.
Friday, April 02, 2021
George Bell was finally released last month.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Hundreds of police departments across the state have to submit reform plans or face losing state funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Polls suggest that many non-white voters still view Cuomo favorably.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Over the last week, New York City agencies have published thousands of police and corrections officers' misconduct records online.
Monday, March 08, 2021
The NYPD officer who was caught making an apparent white power gesture during a protest last year has been identified.
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.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
The database allows the public a glimpse into civilians' complaints against individual police officers.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
A small group of progressive activists and elected officials held a demonstration demanding the governor's resignation.
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.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Two stories from WNYC and Gothamist on police oversight and accountability
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.