Manhattan DA names first-ever executive assistant DA for gun violence prevention


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced Wednesday the appointment of the first-ever Executive Assistant DA for gun violence prevention.

Following the murders of Police Officers Jason Rivera and Willbert Mora during an armed ambush, Bragg has named Attorney Peter Pope as the leader of what the office calls a multi-faceted strategy to reduce gun violence. Bragg promises that Pope will focus on identifying and prosecuting both gun traffickers and anyone armed illegally. 

Pope has a longstanding career in both the private and public service with over 20 years of experience. His work at the Manhattan DA’s office focused on violent crimes and later as the Deputy Director of the Labor Racketeering Unit. He has earned many accolades and has served as Director of Policy for New York State, Chief of the Criminal Division in the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Inspector General for the NYC School Construction Authority, and Chief of the Investor Protection Bureau in the AG’s Office.