October 11, 2016
Alexandria, VA--NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant released the following statement on the passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, the first African American to hold the office:
"On Sunday, October 9, 2016, we lost a great champion and advocate in the criminal justice system with the passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. The first African American elected to head the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, Mr. Thompson had a long and distinguished career as an attorney and civil rights advocate who sought justice for the wrongfully convicted, pushed for sentencing reform, and implemented policies that advanced the administration of equitable justice. NOBLE supported and recognized D.A. Thompson's lifelong advocacy by honoring him with our 2016 Lloyd Sealy Award for outstanding service and accomplishment in the field of criminal justice.
"A native New Yorker, Thompson studied at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and received his JD degree from New York University School of Law. He previously worked in the Federal Prosecutor's office in Brooklyn and held a successful private practice prior to running for Brooklyn District Attorney. He is survived by his wife Lu-Shawn Thompson, his children Kennedy and Kenny, his parents and siblings.
"D.A. Thompson was a great friend and colleague. The Brooklyn D.A.'s office and the criminal justice system has truly lost a giant in advocacy," said Gregory Thomas, Immediate Past National NOBLE President who currently serves as an executive in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. "His service and commitment to justice have made an indelible mark on the office and the country."
"NOBLE and the local New York Chapter will continue to support the Brooklyn District Attorney's office and Mr. Thompson's successor, Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, as they continue to advocate for criminal justice reform and equitable justice." [End]