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  • Shifting Power to the Community: A Hopeful Experiment in Brownsville, Brooklyn

    DA Gonzalez & others in Brooklyn (photo: Brooklyn DA's office)

    What does a safe community look like? We know the answer, because such communities exist, usually in well-resourced, predominantly white neighborhoods where people have the resources to meet their basic needs—including healthy food, shelter, transportation, clean and inviting public spaces, childcare, education, and health care. A safe community is also a place where people know and trust their neighbors, take care of each other, hold each other accountable, and resolve conflicts peacefully when they arise.

  • The Path to Better Policing and Safer Communities in Brooklyn and Beyond

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    Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, center, is one of the authors (photo: @BrooklynDA)

    Brooklyn is at a turning point for public safety and criminal justice reform. Through hard work, creativity, and trial and error, both law enforcement and citizen-powered organizations like East Brooklyn Congregations have achieved a sustained, historic drop in crime—but this year has seen troubling shifts. The recent spike in shootings and homicides – coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis – has thrown people

  • Max & Murphy Podcast: Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez on Prosecuting, Protests and Police Misconduct

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    Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    June 03, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez on Prosecuting Protests and Police Misconduct

    eg inset 150Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joined the show to discuss how his office is monitoring unrest in New York City, handling charges against individuals arrested for various alleged crimes during

  • Can Anyone Defeat Eric Gonzalez for Brooklyn DA?

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    Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez with Public Advocate Tish James

    With just days before Brooklynites head to the polls and decide who will be the borough’s next district attorney, a position briefly held and transformed by the late Kenneth Thompson, the field is crowded with Democratic candidates, each vying to present him or herself as the most progressive, best-suited option to carry on Thompson’s legacy.

    Of the six Democratic candidates who will be on Tuesday’s ballot, the frontrunner -- having raised the most money and scooped up endorsements

  • Brooklyn District Attorney Candidates Address Criminal Justice Reform at Forum


    Brooklyn DA candidates at Thursday's forum (photo: @FaithinNewYork)

    The candidates for the Brooklyn District Attorney race gathered at St. Francis College in Brooklyn on Thursday for a forum hosted by criminal justice and civil rights advocacy groups, focusing on contentious issues revolving around criminal justice in the borough. Five candidates offered their takes to an audience of community advocates and Brooklynites concerned about mass incarceration, police abuse, bail, and other contentious issues.

    The candidates present were Acting DA Eric Gonzalez, City Council

  • Candidates for Brooklyn District Attorney Seek to Set Themselves Apart

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    Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez (photo: @EricGonzalez4DA)

    Seven Democratic candidates seeking to be Brooklyn’s District Attorney participated in a forum Monday night at the First Unitarian Church, hosted by the The Reform Coalition, made up of 14 groups. It marks an unofficial start to a sprint toward September’s primary vote. Because Brooklyn voters are so heavily Democratic, the winner of the primary is all but assured general election victory as the borough’s leading prosecutor and law enforcement