Lander: It's Time For New Leadership To Make Brooklyn Communities Safer and Stronger

BROOKLYN - As momentum continues to build for his campaign for Brooklyn District Attorney, Ken Thompson today announced the endorsement of progressive City Councilmember Brad Lander. Lander, a co-founder of the Council's Progressive Caucus who has been a leader in the fight to end racial profiling and stop and frisk abuses, represents Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, and Borough Park.

"I'm proud to support Ken Thompson because we need new leadership to make our communities safer and stronger without sacrificing our civil rights," said Councilmember Brad Lander. "Whether it's stop and frisk abuses, wrongful convictions or drug enforcement policy, Ken Thompson will be a champion for justice. Ken's experience as a prosecutor, his inspiring life history, and his thoughtful plans for community-based approaches to crime prevention will do Brooklyn justice. Ken Thompson will be an excellent District Attorney."

"It is a great honor to have earned the endorsement of one of our finest City Councilmembers, Brad Lander," said former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson. "I look forward to working with Councilmember Lander and our growing coalition of supporters to bring change to Brooklyn. Together, we will reform the criminal justice system so that law enforcement and our communities are united for the shared purpose of keeping our neighborhoods safer."

In recent weeks, Thompson has won the support of the Working Families Party, all four members of the Brooklyn congressional delegation - Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velazquez, the good government group Citizens Union, Communications Workers of America, District 1, National Latino Officers Association, Amsterdam News, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, former candidate Abe George and New York City's largest labor union, 1199/SEIU United Healthcare Workers East with 100,000 members and retirees in Brooklyn alone.

Today's endorsement also comes on the heels of recent endorsements for Thompson from the Bay Ridge Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC and Muslim Democrats of New York.