Brooklyn, NY – One of the men who doused New York Police Department (NYPD) officers with water in Brownsville while they were responding to an emergency call in July of 2019 was sentenced to just 10 days of community service under the terms of a plea agreement.
Crips gang member Courtney Thompson, 28, was initially charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering, criminal nuisance, and obstruction of governmental administration.
Thompson and a group of people were caught on video dousing two NYPD officers with buckets of water when they responded to a call about an unruly mob on East New York Avenue.
The officers turned and left when the mob began attacking them with water and the video showed Thompson followed them and continued the deluge.
The third-degree criminal mischief charge alone that Thompson faced carried a possible sentence of up to four years in prison, the New York Post reported.
Plus, Thompson was on probation in connection with a 2015 robbery conviction when he was arrested for assaulting the officers.
But the Brooklyn district attorney who recommended only 10 days of community service claimed that the NYPD officers whom Thompson assaulted had blessed the plea agreement and the community service-only sentence, the New York Post reported.
“The defendant’s conduct in this case was wholly unacceptable and deserving of criminal charges,” a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said. “We worked closely with the police department and the officer involved to come up with an appropriate resolution and to make sure that the defendant took responsibility for his actions.”
One NYPD source told Blue Lives Matter that he wanted to know why Thompson’s probation hadn’t been affected by the arrest.
He also said he believed prosecutors had twisted the officers’ arms to get them to agree to Thompson’s plea deal.
“How much of a blessing did they give? Were they told ‘this is the best that we’re going to get so you have to live with it?’ Was the blessing conditional? Would the deal have gone through anyway without their blessing? That’s my guess as to how it went down,” the veteran police official said.
But he also told Blue Lives Matter that the sentence was nothing less than what the NYPD rank-and-file expected in this case.
“This is typical nonsense – it’s expected,” the source said. “The DA’s offices are all about their conviction rates and are almost averse to taking anything to trial for fear of not guilty by jury verdict so they try to settle everything with plea agreements.”
He told Blue Lives Matter that he’s very worried about the message the sentence sent to other criminals who would attack police.
“It’s open season. Whatever you want to do, it’s game on,” he said. “There’s really not going to be any kind of punishment. You’re either getting released from the precinct with a desk appearance ticket or released from your arraignment without bail. There’s not going to be any consequences.”
The source also said New York’s new bail reform law that did away with cash bail for “non-violent” offenses has made everything worse.
“If there was ridiculously little punishment for this sort of thing before, it’s just going to be that much worse,” the NYPD source said.
The unprovoked attack enraged the city’s police force and the union, who blamed New York’s “anti-cop” leaders when it happened for the officers’ refusal to take any action during the attacks, the New York Daily News reported.
“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen,” New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said in a statement at the time.