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


Thousands Helped at Begin Again Events

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.

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


Brooklyn Gun Buyback

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.


Justice Continued: Prosecutors and Conviction Review

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.


Twenty-Five Defendants Named in 368-Count Indictment For Operating Heroin Trafficking Ring

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.

NY Times: 25 Charged in Heroin Trafficking Ring in Brooklyn


Domestic Violence Conference Explores Integrated Prosecution and Global Campaigns

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.

Commercial Observer: Kenneth Thompson Is Making Real Estate an Important Issue for the Brooklyn DA’s Office




MetroFocus: Interview with DA Thompson about the Iron Pipeline and gun trafficking prosecutions

CBS Evening News: Tracking illegal guns heading into New York

DA Thompson announces takedown of heroin distribution ring


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