PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS RELEASES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF KENNETH P. THOMPSON, THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO SERVE AS BROOKLYN’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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On behalf of the entire Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, I would like to extend condolences to Kenneth P. Thompson’s family, friends and the people of Brooklyn. Ken was a friend and colleague. He was the first African American to serve as Brooklyn’s District Attorney. And he never stopped fighting to reduce unnecessary prison over-crowding and championed effective case review.

I had the honor to work with Ken through the American Prosecutor’s Association and, in fact, he was recently in Philadelphia for a meeting with African American DAs to find more effective ways to investigate and prosecute police involved shootings.

Ken has left us far too soon. He will certainly be missed and, with a heavy heart, I will keep Ken and his family, friends, and the men and women of the Kings’ County District Attorney’s Office in my prayers.

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