Repeat Offender In Water Bucket Assault On NYPD Cops Gets Community Service

Crips gang member Courtney Thompson was facing four years in prison but was sentenced to 10 days of community service.

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.

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flybynight
flybynight

That will show him. 🙄

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Fair punishment.

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

I think the repeat offender should have been offered surgical removal of that bucket. Chances are, they would find Michael Jackson's other glove.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

The fools are bringing the gulags and concentration camps down upon themselves. Human nature doesn't change. This spitting upon law and order will not be long tolerated by The People. The dynamics of the wicked circle are inviting authoritarianism, and they are blind as to their own actions. Damn fools, never have read history, let alone learned from it.

RussellSR
RussellSR

Until New York repeals the new catch and release laws forget community policing. Escort ambulances and firetrucks and show up when shots are fired. If confronted with a crowd like this back off and make it a no go area and let the assholes live in their hellhole.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good

hoss377
hoss377

De Blasio is an insult,and their police commissioner is a political turn coat,i do not know why anyone would want to be a member of the NYPD

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Note to all NYC residents and guests: the consequences of assaulting an onduty NYPD officer, and the resulting charges of harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal tampering, criminal nuisance, and obstruction of governmental administration for those actions is 10 days community service. anything more and it's clearly discrimination as the DA set the standard. It won't even affect you if you are on probation, that doesn't matter.

What an embarrassment.

javaguy746
javaguy746

These BI-partisan judges are looking for the FREE advertisement because the Demopcraps or Republicans don't give them any money for reelection campaigns. So they figured out it was easy word of mouth thru thu criminal sector to get reelected.

bronx163
bronx163

Cops should just take police reports pick up next job. Let these savages kill one another and destroy the city. DA’s dont prosecute, politicians wont back cops and are hell vent on destroying the police and giving savages everything free. Yes. Savages. If you rein terror destructions on society and break lws and terrorize the general public, you are a FUCKING SAVAGE.

LET IT ALL BURN BOYS AND GIRLS IN BLUE!!!

THEY WANT TO ATTACK THE SHEEPDOGS OF SOCIETY, LET THE WOLVES SLAUGHTER THE FLOCK.

LET THE HIPSTERS AND GENTRIFIED POPULATION HIRE THEIR OWN SECURITY TO PROTECT THEM.

THEY FORGET IT WAS THE STRET COPS WHO MADE POSSIBLE TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR HIPSTERS AND MILLENNIALS TO LIVE IN SAVAGE SECTIONS OF SOUTH BX, EAST NY, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS,HARLEM, SAVAGE SECTIONS OF QUEENS.

REACTIVE POLICING NOT PROACTIVE.

Marxest
Marxest

Not surprising at all. The office of the DA wasn't going to risk a trial over a man dousing police officers with water. I felt anguish over what happened to the officers, especially if they were making a legitimate arrest. The dousing act was surely despicable and criminal but I'm not sure it warranted a penalty of 4 years of incarceration. The DA prosecutes juicer crimes than that. I don't think Mr Thompson will learn his lesson by community service. He certainly won't gain any newfound respect for police officers. This case leaves a lot of hard feelings unresolved, but in the end it has been closed, for better or worse.

xcop985
xcop985

The thugs are lucky they weren’t shot