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Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's First Black District Attorney, Dead At Age 50

Reuters | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.10.2016 | Black Voices

Ken Thompson, the first African-American to be elected district attorney of Brooklyn, has died at age 50 of complications from cancer, his office said...

Brooklyn DA Says Cop Who Killed Akai Gurley Should Not Go To Prison

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.24.2016 | Black Voices

A former New York City police officer found guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man should not go to prison, Brooklyn Dis...

Charges Dropped Against 5 Teens Accused In Gang Rape Of Woman On Brooklyn Playground

Reuters | Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.04.2017 | Crime

A New York City prosecutor said he was moving to dismiss charges against five teenagers accused of raping an 18-year-old woman on a Brooklyn playgroun...

Hands Up to the Sky, We're Doing This for Akai

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 02.12.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Liang's conviction last night wasn't delivered by the district attorney. It was the product of thousands of New Yorkers clogging city streets. It was demanded at every march and vigil where his family, friends and supporters would lift his name.

2015: A Year to Remember in False Confessions

Steve Drizin | Posted 12.22.2016 | Crime
Steve Drizin

2015 was another momentous year in the world of false confessions. Here are my greatest hits: January 2015 begins tragically as two exonerated fal...

Justice Still Denied: The Killing of Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr.

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.17.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The toy rifle that little Naquan had that night, which was perfectly legal and could be bought at any toy store in 1994, had bright orange coloring and was not shown by Hynes. Recently, in a case eerily similar to the Heyward shooting, a judge recommended that charges be brought against the Cleveland police officer that shot and killed 12 year old Tamir Rice.

Video Shows NYPD Officers Beating Brooklyn Man After He Appears To Surrender

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

A surveillance video shows two New York City police officers punching and beating a Brooklyn man earlier this month, even though the man had put his h...

Christopher Mathias

Here's What It'd Take To Convict The NYPD Cop Who Killed Akai Gurley | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The rare indictment this week of a New York City police officer in the death of an unarmed black man raises the prospect of something even...

Christopher Mathias

Akai Gurley's Family Demands Conviction For A 'Modern-Day Lynching' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- When New York City police officer Peter Liang sat down in a Brooklyn court on Wednesday, a companion leaned over and said quietly, "Breath...

NYPD Officer Indicted In Death Of Akai Gurley: Reports

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

A New York City police officer has been indicted in the shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, law enforcement sources told both NY1 and The New Y...

Christopher Mathias

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 21 Years Dies Less Than A Year After Going Free | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime

Sharrif Wilson, who spent over half his life behind bars for three murders he didn’t commit, died on Saturday, only 11 months after being exonerated...

What Will the Brooklyn District Attorney Do to Achieve Justice for Akai Gurley?

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 02.08.2015 | Crime

As of January, Brooklyn has a new district attorney, Kenneth Thompson. After Michael Brown and now Eric Garner, how will Thompson handle the wrongful-death case of Akai Gurley? Like his predecessor, will he convene a grand jury? Or will he charge the police officer? Pass the case to federal prosecutors?

Christopher Mathias

Akai Gurley's Mother: Son Was 'Murdered' By NYPD | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The parents of Akai Gurley said Friday that their son was murdered by NYPD Officer Peter Liang, and that they feel Liang should be charged...

Got a Loafer on Your Team?

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Is someone not pulling their weight yet expecting to enjoy the fruits of your group's hard work? Here are five tips to prevent freeloading. Avoid th...

David & Me Chronicles Rubin Carter's Fight to Free David McCallum as He Fights for His Own Life

Steve Drizin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Young suspects like McCallum and Stuckey are like putty in the police's hands; they fold much more quickly under pressure.

For Charles Hynes, A Troubled Last Term, And A Trail Of Lingering Questions

ProPublica | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, Dec. 30, 2013, 10:16 a.m.By the spring of 2009, Charles "Joe" Hynes was nearing the end of his fifth term of service a...

Getting it Right: Raising the Age and Justice System Reforms for Adolescents

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York remains one of just two states nationally that prosecute sixteen and seventeen year-olds in adult criminal court, despite extensive research indicating that these practices are not effective at reducing criminality.

Hynes DEFEATED; Meet Brooklyn's First Black DA

| Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Colby Hamilton and Rachel Bryson-Brockmann CLINTON HILL — Kenneth Thompson toppled 20-year incumbent Charles Hynes in the hotly contested race...

Brooklyn One Step Closer To Decriminalizing Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.25.2013 | New York

Ken Thompson, the Democratic nominee for Brooklyn district attorney, plans to weed out low-level marijuana arrests. This will be a huge change for the...

Michael McLaughlin

The Other NY Races You Need To Know About | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

The race for New York City mayor looks more and more like a runaway with Democrat Bill de Blasio ahead of his GOP opponent by 44 points in a recent po...

It Just Became Really Important for Brooklynites to Go Vote on November 5

Ben Townsend | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ben Townsend

Unless he makes some terrible gaffe in the next few weeks, Bill de Blasio will most likely be the next mayor of New York City.