Operable Handguns and Assault Rifles can be Turned Over for $200, No Questions Asked; Saturday, August 27, at Clarendon Road Church in Flatbush
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that his office, together with the New York City Police Department, is hosting a Gun Buyback event this coming Saturday to help people dispose of unwanted guns that they possess in exchange for cash. No questions will be asked and no ID required from those who turn in their guns.
Engaged in Gun Battle between Warring Gangs in Middle of Crowded Street; Victim Happened Upon Shootout and was Fatally Struck in the Head
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced that three men have been charged with the murder of Carey Gabay outside the Ebbets Field Houses in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Labor Day last year. Because each of the defendants allegedly engaged in mutual combat during the early morning shootout, they are all being held equally responsible and all have been indicted for murder. A fourth suspected gang member was previously indicted for possessing a machine gun at the scene.
Case Unsolved for 10 Years; Overseas Extradition to be Requested for Defendant’s Return
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced the unsealing of a murder indictment charging Veron Primus with the June 2006 murder of Brooklyn high school student Chanel Petro-Nixon. An extradition request will be submitted to the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, where the defendant is currently detained on another matter.
First Begin Again Event of 2016 Offered Latest Chance to Clear Summons Warrants
Building on the success of 2015, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office brought Begin Again to Bushwick this June to give Brooklyn residents an opportunity to deal with summonses for low-level offenses quickly and easily right in their community.
Report by The National Registry of Exonerations Cites the Brooklyn DA’s Conviction Review Unit as Notably Successful
For the second year in a row, the number of exonerations in the U.S. has set a record, according to a report released in February. Brooklyn DA’s CRU, the largest in the nation, has moved to vacate the convictions of 20 people since 2014. “There is a movement in this country to deal with wrongful convictions and I think that it’s important that prosecutors lead that movement,” DA Thompson said in an interview on WNYC’s All Things Considered.
Come Learn More at SaySo 2016 – Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out
It’s On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The Brooklyn DA’s Office is bring this White House-sponsored campaign here to Brooklyn. Join us on May 11 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Willoughby Plaza to learn more.
Will Handle Misdemeanor Cases against Defendants Ages 16-24; First Such Court in New York State and Second in the Nation Funded by DOJ Grant
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced the creation of a Young Adult Bureau that will operate in the newly-formed Brooklyn Young Adult Court. The new specialized court will handle all misdemeanor cases of defendants between the ages 16 and 24, with few exceptions, offering risk-needs assessments, counseling and services tailored to the specific requirements of that particular age group.
A new direct phone number is dedicated to individuals who suspect or are the victim of a bias-related crime.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson launches a new Hate Crimes Helpline, created in response to the rise in hate crimes within Brooklyn and in particular against members of the LGBTQ community. The Hate Crimes Helpline is 718-250-4949.
112 Guns, Including 20 Assault Weapons, Purchased During Course of Investigation
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that eight men and women from three states have been charged in a 541-count indictment with conspiracy and other charges for trafficking guns purchased in Atlanta, Georgia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and resold on the streets of Brooklyn.
In January, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson gave remarks at the 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The event, hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is one of the largest celebrations in New York City to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. DA Thompson was joined by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. Professor Michael Eric Dyson served as the event’s keynote speaker with musical performances by Kimberly Nichole and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.
Specialized Court Part Will Help Prosecute Gun Cases Faster and More Efficiently
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced on January 12, 2016 the creation of a new Firearms Prosecution Unit, part of New York City’s ‘Project Fast Track’—an initiative designed to swiftly and efficiently dispose of illegal gun cases. The Unit will be headed by Assistant District Attorney Leslie Kahn.