NY Times: Ken Thompson’s Successor: A ‘Pure District Attorney’ Working Under the Radar

Eric Gonzalez says he wants to continue the work, especially in healing community relations, that Mr. Thompson championed before dying in October.


Nineteen Defendants Charged in Three Indictments with Gun Trafficking, Bank Larceny and Weapons Possession

Separate Indictments Stem from Long-Term Investigation that Exposed Multiple Criminal Schemes; Defendants Reside in New York, South Carolina, Connecticut and Elsewhere

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, announced that 19 defendants have been variously charged in three separate indictments for allegedly selling 40 trafficked firearms, attempting to steal about $60,000 from bank accounts and possessing two illegal guns. The charges all stem from a long-term investigation that relied on electronic surveillance and revealed interconnected schemes and alliances between alleged gang members and their associates.

Video: Acting DA Gonzalez Announces Indictments at One Police Plaza


Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Announces Next Brooklyn Immigration Forum

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10 am-12 pm, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue; Free admission

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and partner agencies will offer a panel discussion, resource tables and screening for documented and undocumented immigrants. Regardless of your status, we’ll share important information on protecting yourself and knowing your rights.


Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Announces Chess Program for At-Risk Youth in Partnership with Police Athletic League

World Champion Chess Player Maurice Ashley to Lead Chess Clubs, Teach Young People to Think Strategically About Their Next Move

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with Police Athletic League Executive Director Frederick Watts, today announced a new initiative in East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant to provide high-quality chess programs to at-risk youth.

NY1: PAL Teaches Chess to Kids in Brooklyn, Helping Fulfill Vision of Late DA Ken Thompson


Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Announces Two High School Internship Programs

Internship Program to Run in Mid-Winter and Spring Cycles; Program Provides Unique Learning Experience in Public Service and Law

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced the launch of a competitive mid-winter and spring internship program for current high school juniors and seniors who live and attend school in Brooklyn. Students with a strong interest in criminal justice or the public interest sector and who meet the requisite eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply and participate in one of two intensive one-week programs.

Apply Now to a High School Internship


Three Alleged Gunmen Indicted for the Murder of Carey Gabay during J’ouvert Celebration

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.

Wall Street Journal: Three Men Charged With Murder of Former Cuomo Aide


Long-Sought Suspect Indicted for 2006 Murder of Chanel Petro-Nixon

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.

NY Times: Ex-Classmate of Murdered Brooklyn Girl Is Indicted 10 Years After Her Death


Begin Again Continues in 2016

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.

PBS NewsHour: Tackling 1.4 Million Open Arrest Warrants

NY Times: Brooklyn Program Erasing Warrants for Low-Level Offenses


Brooklyn Leads the Way as Exonerations in the U.S. Set a Record

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.

CNN: Exoneration Underscore Success of Brooklyn Prosecutor

NY Times: 3 Men Imprisoned in 1980 Brooklyn Arson Case Are Exonerated


Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Launches Young Adult Bureau

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.


Brooklyn District Attorney Announces New Hate Crimes Helpline

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.



In Memoriam

In Memoriam - Ken Thompson

Homegoing Service for District Attorney Ken Thompson (1/2)

Homegoing Service for District Attorney Ken Thompson (2/2)

NY Times: Ken Thompson: The Death of a Visionary Prosecutor

NYU Law Magazine: Profile of ’92 Alum Ken Thompson

A remembrance of DA Thompson from #FREEAMERICA, a campaign about America’s criminal justice system


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