Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Obituary



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


It’s On Us Campaign Coming to Brooklyn

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.


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.


Eight Defendants Indicted For Trafficking Weapons Across State Lines; Guns Purchased in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Then Bused to New York For Resale on the Streets of Brooklyn

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.

CBS Evening News: Tracking illegal guns heading into New York


Brooklyn DA Speaks at 30th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.


DA Thompson Announces New Firearms Prosecution Unit

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.


NYU Law Magazine: Profile of ’92 Alum Ken Thompson

Audio Biography: Allan Wolper Talks to Ken Thompson

New York Times Profile of Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson




DA Thompson Announces Indictment for Carey Gabay Murder

DA Thompson Announces Indictment for Chanel Petro-Nixon Murder

DA Thompson Announces Indictment of 18 Alleged Members of Folk Nation Gang

First Woman Exonerated by Brooklyn’s CRU

Brooklyn DA Speaks at 30th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DA Thompson, on Inside City Hall, discusses his efforts to stop illegal gun trafficking.

DA Thompson Announces New Firearms Prosecution Unit

PBS NewsHour on DA Thompson’s Begin Again program to clear up summons warrants

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