Manhattan US attorney creates new civil rights unit amid ‘troubled times’

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United States Attorney New York Damian Williams

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams speaks during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

NEW YORK — The new Manhattan U.S. attorney said he’s establishing a civil rights unit in his office’s criminal division to concentrate greater resources on problems worsening in what he called troubled times.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams made the comments Friday after he was formally sworn in as the first Black top federal law enforcement official in the Southern District of New York.

He was delivering remarks to about 500 current and former law enforcement personnel who gathered to hear Senate Majority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer and Attorney General Merrick Garland praise Williams as the right leader for the moment.

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