Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams To Create Civil Rights Unit

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On Nov. 19, Manhattan’s new U.S. attorney said he’s establishing a civil rights unit in the office’s criminal division.

Manhattan’s new U.S. attorney Damian Williams said in a press conference on Nov. 19 that he is creating a civil rights unit in the office’s criminal division to utilize better resources for problems getting worse in “troubled times,” according to the Associated Press

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He made those comments after he was sworn in as the first top Black federal law enforcement official in the Southern District of New York by Manhattan Chief U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain. 

“White supremacist groups are on the march. Antisemitism is on the march. Anti-Asian violence is on the march. Abuse of the most vulnerable in our society is on the march, and that includes by the way, abuse of incarcerated women and men who lose their liberty but not their right to be kept safe,” Williams said according to the Associated Press. 

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He plans to engage with community leaders, faith groups, organizations and young activists to inform them that they have his attention, and he will be listening.  

Williams made those comments to around 500 former and current law enforcement personnel who came to hear Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Attorney General Merrick Garland celebrate Williams as the right person for the job at the Harlem Armory, as reported by the Associated Press. 

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He also added in his speech that he will prioritize combatting gun violence and prosecuting corruption in financial markets. 

In October, Williams’ new role as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  

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