On Friday, the primary Black US Attorney for the Southern District of New York was sworn into workplace in a ceremony on the Harlem Armory.
Damian Williams, 41, made historical past at his ceremonial swearing-in and can oversee a number of the most high-profile circumstances in his function. In truth, he inherited the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell and the investigation into Rudy Giuliani.
He stated he would prioritize “civil rights enforcement,” amongst different points, and introduced a brand new civil rights unit.
“White supremacist groups are on the march. Anti-Semitism is on the march. Anti-Asian bias is on the march. Abuse of the most vulnerable in our society is on the march,” he stated. “So I am proud to announce today that I have created a brand new civil rights unit in the criminal division of my office.”
Willaims stated he understands “we are living in troubled times” at present. The brand new unit will construct on work an current group has already carried out for many years.
Senator Chuck Schumer, who advisable Williams for the place, and Attorney Normal Merrick Garland attended the swearing-in. The ceremony was additionally attended by former US Attorney Normal Eric Holder and former Governor David Paterson. A few of Williams’ predecessors, together with Preet Bharara and Geoffrey Berman, have been additionally available.