First black Manhattan US attorney sworn into office, announces new civil rights unit

Damian Williams, the first black person to be appointed US attorney for the Southern District of New York, was sworn into office Friday — and announced the formation of a new civil rights unit in his powerful federal prosecutor’s office. 

In a ceremony at the Harlem Armory, Williams said that under his leadership, the office will prioritize, among other issues, what he called “civil rights enforcement.” 

“You know and I know we are living in troubled times,” Williams said.

“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

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