“It’s a new day because I believe in equal justice for all, and that a prosecutor’s main duty is to do justice—not just get a conviction,” new Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson told the Amsterdam News exclusively.

Noticeably, Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Hasidim and some non believers too filled out an incredibly diverse audience of hundreds of people who packed Steiner Studio soundstage for the Sunday, Feb. 9 inauguration of Thompson, who Rep. Yvette Clarke called the “Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn DA’s office,” as he is the first African-American to assume that position.

“Change has come to Brooklyn,” said a passionate Letitia James, the city’s new public advocate, at the lofty Brooklyn Navy Yard space. “And it came convincingly. It came as justice in action.”

Thompson promised to be inclusive throughout his boots-on-the-ground summer 2013 campaign. To illustrate the point, invocations were offered by the Rev. Clinton Miller, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, Iman Shabhaz Ahmad Chisty, Pandit Keshav Jee and Bhai Bhupinder Singhji. Hezekiah Walker and his Love Fellowship and Manifest, with AmNews columnist Jonathan Hicks, blew the cobwebs out of the Navy Yard rafters. All were assembled to witness and celebrate the inauguration of the first district attorney of Kings County.

Sen. Chuck Schumer bragged about being a proud Brooklynite while declaring that in “2008, I did not serve under a Black president, a Black Brooklyn borough president or a Black DA. In 2013, I serve under a Black president, Barack Obama; a Black borough president, Eric Adams; and a Black DA, Ken Thompson.”

Former NYPD-cop-turned-state-Senator-turned-new-Brooklyn-Borough-President Eric Adams quoted fellow Brooklynite Jay Z, joking that the borough might have “99 problems, but a Black district attorney ain’t one.’

There was a host of effervescent speakers who came praise-laden and energized. After each speaker delivered their vision of hope and faith in the new administration, Thompson would get up from his seat and shake hands, hug and pose for pictures by the gaggle of photographers stationed stage right. He was seated in the front row with his wife, Lu-Shawn, children Kennedy and Kenneth, and his mom, Clara.

Host Jacque Reid asked the various groups to stand and be recognized, including the judges, elected officials, district attorneys, members of the clergy and the NYPD and law enforcement in general. The whole afternoon kicked off with a video presentation showcasing Thompson’s heady journey to becoming Brooklyn’s top attorney while Sam Cooke’s song “A Change is Gonna Come” played in the background. Sometimes reminiscent of a big Hollywood award show, the line of speakers seemed never ending, including New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Bertha Lewis, Divinah Dee Bailey, Dr. A.R. Bernard and Douglas H. Wigdor.

Declaring that Thompson was a “fighter for justice long before he ran for DA,” Schumer spoke at length about Thompson’s commitment to crucial causes, such as fighting for justice for Abner Louima and battling to have the Department of Justice reopen the 1955 murder case of Emmett Till. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries spoke of his long friendship with the man now entrusted to protect the rights of a mighty borough. Rep. Nydia Velazquez had faith that Thompson would work to ensure a fair legal system would be in effect because “whether you live in public housing or own a brownstone in Brooklyn, you are in entitled to justice.” Fellow Rep. Jerrold Nadler deplored the “cancer in the legal system,” but had confidence that Thompson is “the right surgeon to excise the cancer.”

Much was made of the pioneering “Mama” Clara Thompson, who, in 1973, was one of the first female police officers to walk the tough streets of Brooklyn. Her son Ken, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared, “understands the work of the law enforcement officer because it came home every night at the kitchen table.”

Rest assured, the mayor said, “Ken in going to help create a new New York where rights and safety work hand in hand, which includes reducing stop-and-frisk and getting guns off the streets.”

“We applaud him for his victory,” beamed the Rev. Herbert Daughtry. “I am convinced that he is going to do a good job, and I think he’s going to be particularly concerned with people in our community.”

Daughtry told the AmNews, “I’ve known Ken since the Louima case, when he was the assistant U.S. attorney. It is very gratifying to me that I have lived to see our first president of African-American ancestry and our first Brooklyn district attorney of African-American ancestry.”

“We are confident that Ken will take a close look at issues like stop-and-frisk and police power abuse, and put an end to the rampant racal profiling,” said former Council Member Charles Barron. “Ken is very much aware of how the Black and Brown communities have been mistreated by the Police Department, how officers have gotten away with killings, targeting and general abuse. We are hopeful that his administration will work to end all of that. Solid police-community relations is beneficial to the entire borough and city.”

In a moving moment, Thompson received the oath of office from popular federal Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. In his remarks, the new district attorney reiterated his mantra of equal justice for all. His reign would be seeking a society where crime was tackled fairly but not at the expense of civil liberties and moral. He kept to his campaign promise, citing his focus on eliminating the “epidemic of gun violence … and resolve ourselves of these illegal guns.”

While campaigning last fall, Thompson told the AmNews that as a “father of a young son who is 6 growing up in the city, the abuse and the misuse of stop-and-frisk is not some sort of academic exercise for me. It is very real to me, and I think we need to have new leadership in the Brooklyn DA’s office to deal with these practices for the sake of all of our children—to make the streets safer and stronger. I don’t think we have to do one or the other.”

After a grueling battle with 23-year incumbent Charles “Jo” Hynes and after Thompson won the primary handsomely, Hynes went back on a promise to assist with a smooth transition by engaging in a bitter campaign as a Republican and a conservative in the race for district attorney. In historic proportions previously unseen, newcomer Thompson trounced Hynes in the general election. It was a wrap. Thompson was the new district attorney for Brooklyn. It was a beautiful victory for him.

On Sunday during his inauguration, Thompson noted, “We must create new crime strategies … building a relationship between the Police Department and the community … getting rid stop-and-frisk when there is no reasonable suspicion.”

A proposal that received much attention was his effort to not have young people dragged through the system and tagged with a record because of possession of small amounts of weed. Again, he said that he would “change the policy for how we treat small possessions of marijuana.” In another effort to protect young people, he said that he wanted to “raise the age of criminal responsibility.”

To an audience that certainly included the groups he was talking about, Thompson announced the launching of two new units: a labor unit and an immigrant affairs unit. He noted that he is “pro-business,” and further, he issued a warning to “unscrupulous employers who withhold paychecks, do not pay employees minimum wage or make workplaces unsafe.”

The same warning was issued to individuals “who scam immigrants” seeking legal U.S. citizenship. His new unit would “offer education and recourse for those who find themselves victims to those schemes.”

“It is time for a new day in Brooklyn, and from what I hear, the new district attorney, Ken Thompson, is the man that can shake up the way criminal justice has been working against us for decades,” said activist Caleef Cousar, member of Sonny Abubadika Carson’s Committee to Honor Black Heroes. “We are looking forward to ushering in this new era with real justice and transparency.”