Brooklyn, NY – Today, Nicholas Heyward Sr. and Hertencia Petersen endorsed Marc Fliedner for District Attorney. The message is clear – victims of police violence support Marc because he stands with them. These families recognize the DA’s office has failed in the past to properly investigate the police and that Marc alone can fix the office. Marc’s history prosecuting bad cops makes him uniquely qualified to be an advocate for families seeking justice. Marc knows the value of working with police but acknowledges the District Attorney’s office cannot work for the police.
Nicholas Heyward Sr. and wife Donna Heyward have emerged as community leaders for reforms within the DA’s office. Their investigation into their son’s death has sparked a movement of like-minded criminal justice advocates.
Hertencia Petersen emerged as a vocal critic after her nephew Akai Gurley was killed by NYPD officer Peter Liang in 2014. “Marc showed genuine concern for Akai’s justice. He didn’t care what was politically popular. It’s clear that this District Attorney’s office is broken and if there is anyone I believe can fix it, it’s Marc”
Marc was featured in Brooklyn political blog KingsCountyPolitics. He discussed issues of bail reform and how we can fix the lack of leadership in the DA’s office presently.
– “Fliedner also has ideas on bail reform and looking at the high levels of Brooklyn residents sitting in Rikers or at a detention center due to a lack of resources to pay small bail amounts, sometimes in the form of $250. One of his first steps if he were to become Brooklyn DA, would be to ensure ADA’s are making “appropriate and ethically based bail arguments.””
– “…we have to make smart decisions about charging, about sentences that are constructive”
Read the full profile here.
This week, Marc spoke to POLITICO New York about why the status quote isn’t working when it comes to policing.
““I’m angry about the way this broken system continues to be, just, limping along without any prosecutors stepping up to the plate … to decide whether they will charge these minor offenses”
Read the full POLITICO New York article here.
Marc Fliedner, Brooklyn DA Candidate, talks about extending Ken Thompson’s Vision Even Further on BK Live BRIC TV
Former prosecutor Marc Fliedner files paperwork to run for Brooklyn DA
from Brooklyn Daily Eagle – January 4, 2017
A Brooklyn-based civil rights attorney and former Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Marc Fliedner announced on Wednesday that he has filed the paperwork with the New York Board of Elections and is expecting to run for Kings County District Attorney in the September Democratic Primary.
“It’s not a formal announcement yet. We’ll do that in a few weeks,” Fliedner told the Brooklyn Eagle. “But I’ve been speaking to folks in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn and, quite frankly, they are uninspired by the other candidates and they know that I have a very different take.”
How to prosecute Donald Trump or another alleged groper: A former sex-crimes prosecutor points the way
from the New York Daily News – October 20, 2016
Donald Trump makes a graphically stated admission to Billy Bush that he has grabbed the intimate parts of women because “you can do anything” when you’re a star. Anderson Cooper asks Trump if the statement is true and he denies it.
Then numerous women, 10 at last count, come forward to publicly state that Trump did in fact have some form of sexual contact with them without their consent.
Trump denies any of it ever happened; he says the women are fame-seeking fabricators he has never even met.
Among the many questions raised by this ugly chain of events: Whether local prosecutors can criminally prosecute an accused perpetrator like Trump for committing acts like those that these women have alleged.
As a former Brooklyn and New Jersey prosecutor who, over 15 years in sex crimes, tried everyone from date rapists to serial child molesters, my answer is a firm yes.
While the precise language varies from state to state, it is consistently true that when someone touches another person’s intimate parts without consent for his own sexual gratification, it’s a crime. Period.
from New York Post – April 29th, 2016
An NYPD cop was found guilty Friday of “gratuitously” stomping on a suspect’s head like he was a “roach’’ while he was being cuffed during a pot bust gone bad.
Joel Edouard stared blankly ahead as Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Alan Marrus found he was guilty of the top charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault for bashing Jahmi-El Cuffee.
Edouard faces a sentence of probation to up to a year in jail at his June 10 court appearance.
Marc Fliedner was prosecutor in the case
Read the story on the Post website
from New York Daily News – April 28, 2016
The fate of an NYPD officer accused of stomping a man’s head during a 2014 marijuana arrest was debated in heated closing arguments Thursday.
Prosecutors told Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Alan Marrus that Joel Edouard ignored his oath as an officer when he violently kicked Jahmiel Cuffee.
“In that moment he wasn’t acting like one of New York’s Finest. He was acting out in vengeance and in anger and sadly in that moment he was acting like a criminal,” prosecutor Marc Fliedner argued in his closing statements.