DA Thompson Announces New Firearms Prosecution Unit

DA Thompson Announces New Firearms Prosecution Unit

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.

At a press conference held at City Hall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and other law enforcement officials joined DA Thompson to announce the new initiative and unit. “We stand here today because this is a very important initiative that is going to roll out,” DA Thompson said at Tuesday’s press conference. “Today, we are here to deal with those who bring guns into our communities and bring guns to our streets. With the announcement of this new gun part, we’re going to enhance our effort in Brooklyn with a new Firearms Prosecution Unit.

Project Fast Track includes an Expedited Firearms Court, a specialized court part for gun possession cases. The first implementation of the new court part will begin in Brooklyn and be overseen by Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Mondo and Acting Supreme Court Justice Cassandra Mullen. The part is expected to be added to courts in all five boroughs.

“An Expedited Firearms Court with dedicated judges will help us prosecute gun cases faster and more efficiently in Brooklyn. This is another tool for us in our commitment to fight gun violence and I’m confident that these important additional resources will help keep the public safe,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

DA Thompson Announces New Firearms Prosecution Unit

Pride Month Events


DA Thompson and the staff at the District Attorney’s Office marked Pride Month in June 2015 with a number of events. On June 13, the District Attorney, office employees and their family members marched down Fifth Avenue in Park Slope as part of the Brooklyn Pride Parade to express their support of gay rights.

And on June 28, DA Thompson hosted an LGBTQ Recognition Ceremony at Brooklyn Law School, honoring pioneers in the struggle towards justice and equality for members of that community. It was only fitting that a day later the United States Supreme Court historically ruled that the right to get married must be extended to all Americans, including same sex couples.

The District Attorney’s commitment to ensure the safety of all protected classes – including gays, lesbians and transgender individuals – is manifested each and every day with the work of the Hate Crimes Unit, which was created in 2014 as part of the Civil Rights Bureau . The Unit has investigated and prosecuted a number of crimes in which LGBTQ members were allegedly targeted and assaulted because of their orientation and enhanced charges have been brought in these serious cases.



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Brooklyn Man Indicted For Sexually Assaulting Teenager While Pretending To Be Police Officer


Wednesday, January 7, 2014

Brooklyn Man Indicted For Sexually Assaulting Teenager
While Pretending To Be Police Officer

Defendant Faces Up To 25 Years To Life In Prison If Convicted

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 47-year-old Brooklyn man has been arraigned on an eight-count indictment in which he is charged with forcing an 18-year-old woman to engage in sex acts and trying to rape her in Bushwick last October while claiming to be a police officer.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant is accused of impersonating a police officer to commit a cowardly and deplorable crime against an innocent young woman. He will now be held accountable for his actions.”

The District Attorney said that the defendant, Walter Barnes, 47, of 2015 East 59th Street, Old Mill Basin, Brooklyn, was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patricia Williams on an eight-count indictment in which he is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted rape, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of first-degree criminal impersonation. His bail was continued at $200,000 bond or $250,000 cash and he was ordered to return to court on February 27, 2015. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on October 2, 2014, at approximately 6:30 a.m., in the vicinity of Aberdeen Street and Bushwick Avenue, the defendant, who was driving a car, allegedly flagged down an 18-year-old woman who was walking to a store and offered her a ride. Once the woman was inside of his car, the defendant allegedly identified himself as a New York City police officer and threatened to arrest her unless she performed a sex act on him.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, the defendant then allegedly drove the victim to another location and again forced her to perform a sex act. The victim allegedly tried to get out of the car, but the doors were locked; the defendant then allegedly tried to rape her but she was able to grab the car keys from the ignition and escape.
The investigation was conducted by New York City Police Detectives assigned to the Police Impersonation Unit, a division of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lisa Nugent of the District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Coleen Balbert, Bureau Chief.

An indictment is an accusation and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.