Rachael Rollins, the first Black woman to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts, is facing death threats after she was sworn in on Monday (January 10), following a contentious confirmation process.
According to CNN, the violent and racist threats have been reported to authorities and escalated shortly after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm her to the post last month.
Republicans questioned Rollins after they characterized her track record as “radical,” particularly her decision not to prosecute some low-level crimes as a district attorney.
As the federal judicial system has become increasingly diverse, along with the threats against Rollins, have prompted calls for the Justice Department to do more to protect people of color working in it.
Faith leaders and organizations have already written to Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking him to provide Rollins with security as soon as she was confirmed.
"We have been through an era where others have been killed because of the stances that they were taking," Rev. Jeffrey Brown, associate pastor for the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, told CNN. "I believe the threats are coming because the atmosphere feels like they can easily target women of color."
The news network says it’s reviewed several of the threatening messages on Rollins’ Instagram account, one of which warns her to “hide your kids.”
Drew Wade, chief of public affairs for the US Marshals Service, said in a statement that the agency "takes seriously its duty to protect federal judicial officials – including judges and prosecutors – across the country. We continuously review security measures for these officials, and take appropriate actions as warranted, but for safety reasons we do not discuss specific security protocols.”
He declined to comment about Rollins’ case. The Justice Department also declined to comment, according to CNN.
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