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.
Third Event to Clear Up Summons Warrants Will Be Held December 5, 2015 in Bedford-Stuyvesant
On September 12, 2015, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office wrapped up its second Begin Again event – a new initiative designed to bring a courtroom to the community in an effort to clear up open arrest warrants related to unanswered summonses for low-level offenses. These summons warrants – ordered when people fail to answer a ticket for minor quality of life offenses such as drinking alcohol in public or being in a park after closing – have ballooned into a total of over a million in New York City, with about a quarter originating in Brooklyn. These open warrants weigh down an overburdened courts system and can hold back individuals who have them on their records.
Turn in Operable Handguns and Assault Rifles on December 5, 2015 and Receive $200, No Questions Asked
The first such event under DA Thompson, in partnership with the NYPD, will be held on Lenox Road Baptist Church, 1356 Nostrand Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn on December 5 on 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. No questions, no ID required – just come in with a gun and leave with a $200 bank card. This initiative is part of the DA’s comprehensive approach to getting guns off the streets.
Prosecutors and Advocates from Across the Nation Came Together in Brooklyn to Discuss Methods for Correcting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions
A summit hosted on October 15-16 by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office focused on this important issue and explored ways for prosecuting attorneys to establish and run Conviction Review Units within their offices. Participants from California, Texas, Ohio and many other states, as well as principals of the Innocence Project and the National Registry of Exonerations, took part in this well-attended event and shared their experiences. Many pointed to Brooklyn’s Conviction Review Unit (“CRU”), established by DA Thompson in 2014, as a national model.
Alleged Distribution and Sales of More Than $1.5 Million a Year, Including to a Court Employee Who Acted As Staten Island Supplier
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, announced that 25 defendants, including a Williamsburg man, his mother and siblings, and a Midtown Community Court employee, have been variously charged in a 368-count indictment with conspiracy, sale and possession of a controlled substance and money laundering.
Addressing Violence Against Women – Collaborative Approaches in the 21st Century
Marking the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on October 1st hosted a Domestic Violence Conference where presenters discussed methods of prosecuting these difficult cases, which often involve victims who remain emotionally attached to their abusers or bound by family, finances and other factors.