Black History Month: District Attorney Ken Thompson
News 12 is recognizing the late District Attorney Ken Thompson during Black History Month.
Thompson was the first African-American district attorney ever elected in Brooklyn. He was known for his passion for civil rights, focusing on overturning wrongful convictions. He said wrongful convictions destroyed families and undermined the integrity of our criminal justice system.
He also directed his office to stop prosecuting low-level drug offenses that resulted in controversial stop and frisks practices.
The DA passed away last October at the age of 50 due to cancer, but his widow is continuing his legacy by recently announcing she's donating 20 of his suits to "Suited for Success" - a nonprofit program that helps ex-offenders find jobs.
The impact of his death resonated with city officials. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called him a trailblazer who "Didn't just uphold the law, he made it more fair for all Brooklynites."