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.


 

Thirty-Five Alleged Gang Members and Associates Charged with Financial Crimes, Burglaries, Weapons Possession and Drug Dealing Following Year-Long Investigation

Defendants Tied to Brownsville-based Crews Charged in 15 Separate Indictments; Used Forged Credit Cards to Purchase American Girl Dolls, Rental Cars, Concert Tickets; Others Charges include a Home Invasion and Owning Gun 8-Year-Old Brought to School

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, today announced that 35 alleged members of street gangs and crews have been variously charged in 15 indictments with narcotics distribution, weapons possession, burglaries, forgery and identity theft. The charges are the result of a long-term investigation that relied on electronic surveillance and exposed a multitude of criminal activities, from violent street crime to sophisticated credit card fraud.

Watch the Press Conference

NY1: Brooklyn Gang Bust Uncovers Credit Card Fraud, ID Theft Ring


 

New York State District Attorneys League of Immigrant Affairs Issues Joint Statement 

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and five other NYC-area DA’s Offices are committed to protecting all members of our communities. Read the full statement here.


 

Seven Defendants, including National Grid Employees, Charged with Enterprise Corruption for Operating Shadow Utility Company that Illegally Installed Gas Meters in Violation of Safety Protocols

Additional 30 defendants, including Landlords, Also Charged in Scheme

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark G. Peters, today announced the indictment of a former National Grid employee who infiltrated the public utility and corrupted a number of its employees. He and other defendants are charged with enterprise corruption and related offenses for operating a shadow utility company that violated New York City Department of Buildings and National Grid regulations and procedures, installing illegal gas meters across Brooklyn for landlords willing to pay $1,300 to $2,500 per meter. A total of 37 defendants, including seven National Grid employees, have been charged in connection with the enterprise. Watch the press conference here>>

Wall Street Journal: Investigation Uncovers Alleged Gas-Line Scheme


 

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.


 

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 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 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.


 

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.


 

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


 

Begin Again Continues in 2017

Building on the Success of its First Two Years, Begin Again will Return in the Spring of 2017, Offering the Latest Chance to Clear Summons Warrants

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


 

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Videos

Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez speaks at BAM’s Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Seven Defendants Charged for Operating Shadow Utility Company


Acting DA Eric Gonzalez Announces Indictments of 35 Gang Members


Acting DA Gonzalez Announces Indictments of 19 Defendants for Gun Trafficking, Bank Larceny and Weapons Possession


Acting DA Eric Gonzalez Hosts a Brooklyn Immigration Forum



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