Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Official page for information about Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Eric Gonzalez began his legal career in 1995, as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, thereby fulfilling an ambition that he had harbored since college.

After spending several years as a junior and then senior assistant in different bureaus within the office, including the Sex Crimes and Special Victims Bureau, Domestic Violence Bureau, Orange Trial Zone Bureau, and Green Trial Zone Bureau, Mr. Gonzalez was promoted to supervisory positions in the Green Trial Zone. Both before and after his promotions, Mr. Gonzalez tried a full range of violent crime cases, including homicides. In 2011, Mr. Gonzalez became the Executive Assistant District Attorney of the Green Trial Zone. Under his leadership, the Green Zone attained a record of being one of the most successful and productive trial zones in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. He instituted regular “brown-bag lunch” training sessions for his Bureau, and regularly liaised with community members and precinct commanders as part of a “community prosecution” approach to law enforcement. Promoted by District Attorney Thompson to Counsel to the District Attorney in March of 2014, Mr. Gonzalez was especially instrumental to the office’s smooth transition during the change of administrations. Additionally, Mr. Gonzalez successfully guided the launch of several of District Attorney Thompson’s key initiatives, including the creation of the Conviction Review Unit and the office charging policy regarding the possession of marijuana, which he framed and implemented. In October of 2014, Mr. Gonzalez was appointed by District Attorney Thompson as Chief Assistant District Attorney, the first Latino to hold that position in Brooklyn. In addition to his trial and supervisory experience, Mr. Gonzalez has taken an active role in interagency trainings conducted by the office and has served on a number of internal and external committees. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. He has frequently participated in panel discussions and continuing legal education courses, including those that have focused on racial inequality in the criminal justice system and on the role of minorities in the legal profession. Mr. Gonzalez grew up in East New York and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and attended John Dewey High School in Coney Island. He graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in government and history. In 1995, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was president of the Latino Law Students Association. Gonzalez has remained an active and committed member of his local community and is the Cub Scout Den Leader of Pack 996 in Brooklyn. Gonzalez’s insight, enthusiasm, wise counsel and leadership have helped propel the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to the forefront of criminal justice reform. He was sworn in as Acting District Attorney in October of 2016 after the passing of District Attorney Thompson. Gonzalez resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three boys.

Operating as usual

11/13/2020
Diwali | A Virtual Celebration of Light Over Darkness

This year, the Brooklyn DA's Office is commemorating #Diwali with a virtual celebration.

For Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, lighting the lamp—the diya—with family and friends is a reminder that even in the darkest times, light will ultimately prevail.

The virtual celebration features holiday wishes from Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and India in New York Consul General Randhir Jaiswal as well as performances from Bollywood Playback Singer Shaam Panch and International Dancer Zaman.

Today, I joined Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison to announce the indictment of an alleged gun trafficking ring that p...
11/12/2020
Police charge 4, including MTA subway conductor, in Brooklyn gun trafficking operation

Today, I joined Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison to announce the indictment of an alleged gun trafficking ring that purchased firearms in South Carolina and Virginia that were then transported on the Iron Pipeline and destined to be sold on the streets of Brooklyn.

This indictment is part of our multi-pronged approach to stem the surge in gun violence that we have seen in Brooklyn and throughout the entire city this year. We are determined to work with the Police Department to focus specifically on the drivers of crime, including those responsible for the proliferation of firearms by bringing them to streets of Brooklyn.

I commend the detectives, especially the undercovers, and my prosecutors for their joint efforts in this important case.

Police arrested four men, including an MTA subway conductor, on gun trafficking charges as part of an operation targeting this year's surge in gun violence, officials said Thursday.

Today, I will hold a virtual press conference with NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison to discuss a new indictment ...
11/12/2020

Today, I will hold a virtual press conference with NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison to discuss a new indictment of an alleged gun trafficking ring.

Tune in at 11:15 A.M. on Facebook⬇️
https://facebook.com/BrooklynDA

As the son of a veteran,  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the brave men and women who have put their lives ...
11/11/2020

As the son of a veteran, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom. Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Our community partner the Red Hook Community Justice Center is currently accepting referrals and facilitating virtual se...
11/10/2020

Our community partner the Red Hook Community Justice Center is currently accepting referrals and facilitating virtual sessions for its peacemaking program. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on healing and community restoration. The goal is to create more enduring and meaningful responses to neighborhood conflicts. If you need help or knows someone who would benefit from the sessions, reach out to [email protected] or call Amalia “Molly” Albertson at (917)319-0121.

I was happy to be part of the grand opening of Qahwah House in Williamsburg. More than just serving Yemeni Coffee, this ...
11/10/2020

I was happy to be part of the grand opening of Qahwah House in Williamsburg. More than just serving Yemeni Coffee, this new business will promote diversity, inclusion, tolerance and understanding in our community.

RISE Project
11/10/2020

RISE Project

On Tuesday, November 10th at 12pm, The RISE Project will be addressing, denouncing, and raising awareness of intimate partner violence in our communities. Join us in Brooklyn at Restoration Plaza as our fellow community members and partners to take a pledge to create healthier, safer, stronger communities. For more information or to confirm your attendance: comment below, DM us, or email us at [email protected]! #pressconference #RISENYC #IPVAwareness #DVAwareness #cureviolence #cms #nyc #peace #healingcommunities #RISEagainstviolence #healing #communityhealing #communityintervention #selflove #familylove #communitylove #health #positivity #nycevent #nomoreviolence

It was great to be in Bed-Stuy this morning for the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization (AACEO)'s...
11/06/2020

It was great to be in Bed-Stuy this morning for the African American Clergy and Elected Officials Organization (AACEO)'s monthly meeting. Thank you Reverend Waterman, Dee Bailey, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, and all of the board members for your continued leadership and hard work.

In the latest issue of Justice News Digest (http://bit.ly/32dmHaY), learn how the DA's Office is:✔️Reaffirming our suppo...
11/04/2020
Justice News Digest: October 2020

In the latest issue of Justice News Digest (http://bit.ly/32dmHaY), learn how the DA's Office is:

✔️Reaffirming our support for domestic violence victims
✔️Combating workplace fraud
✔️Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted
✔️Addressing illegal gun trafficking & more.

To recognize Hispanic Heritage month, DA Eric Gonzalez, the first Latino District Attorney elected in New York State, and Chief of Staff Maritza Mejia-Ming, "the heart and soul of our Office," sat down with local news outlets to discuss how their upbringings have informed their work as prosecutors a...

Today is #ElectionDay , Brooklyn! Get out there and make sure your voice is heard.⠀⠀If you run into any problems at your...
11/03/2020

Today is #ElectionDay , Brooklyn!

Get out there and make sure your voice is heard.⠀

If you run into any problems at your polling location, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. You can also submit a complaint online via the New York State Attorney General’s Election Protection Hotline: http://ag.ny.gov/election-hotline

Following an investigation by my Conviction Review Unit (CRU), I moved to vacate the murder conviction of Gerard Domond,...
10/30/2020
Man who spent 29 years behind bars for Brooklyn slaying gets conviction tossed

Following an investigation by my Conviction Review Unit (CRU), I moved to vacate the murder conviction of Gerard Domond, who was incarcerated for 29 years before being paroled in 2016.

Vacating Mr. Domond’s conviction highlights the fact that even in cases that are very old and difficult to investigate, our Conviction Review Unit will do all it can to correct miscarriages of justice.

This investigation revealed that crucial information about the mental state of the only eyewitness was kept from the jury and from the accused, depriving him of a fair trial. I will not stand by a conviction that was obtained unfairly.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office has moved to overturn the conviction of a man who spent 29 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The only eyewitness against def…

For too long, we’ve been sold a false narrative—that there is a tradeoff between safety and fairness, between fighting c...
10/30/2020
Tackling Racial Disparity Called Key to Youth Justice Reform | The Crime Report

For too long, we’ve been sold a false narrative—that there is a tradeoff between safety and fairness, between fighting crime, and treating people in the criminal justice system the way we would want ourselves or our own children to be treated.

“If we try to talk about justice and the (youth) justice system without talking about race, then we’re missing the whole thing,” Nate Balis, director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, told the opening session of a Fall-Winter workshop series on youth just...

It's very important that we work in partnership with our community to minimize the footprint of the criminal justice sys...
10/29/2020

It's very important that we work in partnership with our community to minimize the footprint of the criminal justice system. At Brooklyn Law School's virtual panel "Is Criminal Justice Possible?," my Chief of Policy & Strategy Jill Harris discussed community-driven solutions for safety and how we are ensuring that community voices shape our policies and practices.

REMINDER: The last day of Early Voting in New York is Sunday, November 1. If you have any issues casting your ballot, pl...
10/29/2020
Election Hotline

REMINDER: The last day of Early Voting in New York is Sunday, November 1. If you have any issues casting your ballot, please contact the New York State Attorney General's election hotline 1-800-771-7755 or visit https://ag.ny.gov/election-hotline.

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A former New York City Transit subway conductor has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with grand la...
10/28/2020
Ex-Subway Conductor Charged With Stealing $114K from NYC Transit: Prosecutor

A former New York City Transit subway conductor has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly stealing approximately $114,000 in Workers’ Compensation payments from NYC Transit.

This defendant allegedly stole more than $100,000 in taxpayer money by claiming he was disabled while simultaneously – and outrageously – holding down a series of law enforcement jobs in other states. We will now seek to bring him to justice and recover the funds that he fraudulently received.

An ex-New York City Transit subway conductor was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly stealing about $114,000 in Workers’ Compensation payments from NYC Transit, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Giovanni Seminerio, 48, of Alva, Florida,...

My Office was happy to partner with the Coney Island Gospel Assembly, Met Council, Emblem Health, NYPCC, NYPD 60Pct, NYP...
10/28/2020

My Office was happy to partner with the Coney Island Gospel Assembly, Met Council, Emblem Health, NYPCC, NYPD 60Pct, NYPD PSA 1, Community Board 13, Council member Mark Treyger, God's Love We Deliver and other local organizations yesterday to provide free groceries and critical resources to vulnerable residents in Coney Island.

10/28/2020

On National #FirstRespondersDay, I extend my thanks to our local healthcare workers, firefighters & law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe.

We can't thank them enough for their selfless service in the wake of this crisis.

The Board of Elections in the City of New York
10/28/2020

The Board of Elections in the City of New York

Expanded Early Voting Hours!
Polls are open longer this week!
10/30 7am to 5pm, 10/31 7am to 5pm, 11/1 7am to 4pm

We have a special obligation to protect young people from exploitation, especially during this public health crisis. I u...
10/27/2020
Sex Traffickers Target 'Vulnerable' Young Girls During COVID-19: Police | The Crime Report

We have a special obligation to protect young people from exploitation, especially during this public health crisis. I urge residents to stay vigilant and report suspected cases of sex trafficking to our Human Trafficking Hotline at 718-250-2770.

Internet-savvy pimps are taking advantage of the economic disclocations caused by the pandemic to recruit vulnerable women and control their movements, a New York City detective told a webinar examining the new landscape of sex trafficking in the U.S.

Studies show that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are likely to experience intimate partner violence at rates that are equa...
10/27/2020

Studies show that those who identify as LGBTQ+ are likely to experience intimate partner violence at rates that are equal to or higher than heterosexuals. They also face unique barriers when they are attempting to report violence and access care.

As #DVAM comes to end, it is important that we continue to work towards providing culturally-responsive services that effectively address the needs of LGBTQ+ survivors and other vulnerable groups.

Learn more-->> https://bit.ly/2J27rXC

TODAY: We are hosting a Food Distribution with the Coney Island Gospel Assembly for our neighbors in need. Join us at 4 ...
10/27/2020

TODAY: We are hosting a Food Distribution with the Coney Island Gospel Assembly for our neighbors in need. Join us at 4 PM or until supplies last.

10/27/2020
ADL - Anti-Defamation League

Our hearts go out to the Jewish community in Squirrel Hill as we honor and remember the victims of the Tree of Life massacre.

Today and every day, we must all stand united against hate and anti-Semitism.

On the second anniversary of the tragic October day, we honor the eleven lives lost to the single deadliest antisemitic attack in US history. 2 years later, the Pittsburgh community shares a message of hope as they continue to heal.

Watch below.

Remember and Reflect.

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
10/26/2020

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

To all cosmetologists, please join us this October 28th at 7pm, to learn how to encounter any client or colleague that is experiencing domestic violence. Join in at https://on.nyc.gov/3iMKiVt #dvam2020

The high-demand for affordable housing in Brooklyn presents opportunities for corrupt housing managers to game the syste...
10/26/2020

The high-demand for affordable housing in Brooklyn presents opportunities for corrupt housing managers to game the system. My Office remains vigilant in its efforts to ensure that only eligible tenants have access to affordable housing.

Learn more about this in our seasonal newsletter: bit.ly/3dNqX5B

City of New York Government
10/24/2020

City of New York Government

The 2020 Election is officially underway in New York City!

Early voting begins TODAY! Find your polling location and get out to vote: FindMyPollSite.VOTE.nyc

I was happy to host members of the Asian-American Police Executives Council today at the Brooklyn DA's Office.
10/23/2020

I was happy to host members of the Asian-American Police Executives Council today at the Brooklyn DA's Office.

Earlier this week, our new class of ADAs took part in a virtual training session with Adam Foss of Prosecutor Impact. Th...
10/23/2020

Earlier this week, our new class of ADAs took part in a virtual training session with Adam Foss of Prosecutor Impact. The conversation centered on ways they can use the enormous power they wield as prosecutors to drive reform and bring about systemic change.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM -6 PM, Brooklyn Emerge serves 300+ Halal hot meals to our neighbors in need. Distrib...
10/23/2020

Every Saturday and Sunday from 4 PM -6 PM, Brooklyn Emerge serves 300+ Halal hot meals to our neighbors in need. Distributions take place in Flatbush at the Corner of Rugby Road and Foster Ave. See the flyer for more details.

10/22/2020
Rodneyse Bichotte, New York State Assembly

WATCH: Our Director of Victim Services Shibinsky Payne joins Rodneyse Bichotte, New York State Assembly, Martha Kamber, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA; and Valdine Bradley, a Residential Specialist at Safe Horizon, for a discussion on domestic violence and COVID-19. Tune in to learn how we've adapted our services to meet the needs of domestic violence victims during the pandemic.

10/22/2020
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Purple Thursday

Members of my staff and I are wearing purple on #PurpleThursday to reaffirm our commitment to support domestic violence victims and bring abusers to justice.

No should ever have to suffer in silence. I encourage anyone in need of help to utilize resources that continue to be available during this pandemic:

🟣Domestic Violence Bureau: 718-250-3300
🟣Victim Services Unit: 718-250-3820
🟣Brooklyn Family Justice Center: 718-250-5113
🟣NYC 24/7 DV Hotline: 1-800-621-4673

The HOPE Program is offering FREE remote career training and employment placement in fast-growing careers, including mai...
10/22/2020

The HOPE Program is offering FREE remote career training and employment placement in fast-growing careers, including maintenance, clerical, retail, customer service, food service, animal care, and more. Through HOPEworks, students obtain industry certifications such as OSHA-10 and gain access
to HOPE's network of employers.

The next start date is: October 26.

For more information, see the flyer below, call 347-773-4623 or visit www.thehopeprogram.org.

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