Alvin Bragg makes history as Manhattan’s first black district attorney
Bragg, a former federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has beaten Republican Thomas Kenniff, a former prosecutor, JAG lawyer and Iraq War veteran.
âBesides being the first black district attorney, I think I’ll probably be the first district attorney to have the police point a gun at him. I think I’ll be the first district attorney to have a victim of homicide on his doorstep. I think I’ll be the first Manhattan DA to have a semi-automatic gun pointed at him. I think I’ll be the first Manhattan DA to have a loved one back out of jail and stay with him Bragg said in a victory speech Tuesday night. “And I will govern from that perspective.”
“I knew from a young age that there would be a better way to protect people’s civil rights and to have a real sense of community public safety,” Bragg told CNN in February. “I know how to achieve real public safety. And I can assure people that arresting people for things that have absolutely nothing to do with public safety does not make it safer.”
Bragg was most recently chief assistant attorney general in the New York attorney general’s office, where he says he helped prosecute the Trump administration more than 100 times and led the team that sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which made Trump personally pay $ 2 million. to a variety of charities and the dissolution of the foundation. Bragg also said he oversaw a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his company that alleged a hostile work environment.
In January, Bragg told the “Ebro in the Morning” radio show that he was prepared to follow the facts of the case.
âI saw him up front and saw the lawlessness he can do,â Bragg said in the interview. “I believe we have to hold him accountable. I haven’t seen all the facts beyond the public, but I have pleaded with him and so I’m ready to go where the facts take me once I get them. will have seen and I will hold him responsible. “
At his victory party on Tuesday night, Bragg said that outgoing District Attorney Cy Vance called him to congratulate him and that Vance had already proven to be a “great partner in what I think is a smooth transition “.
He would get to work, he said, on Wednesday and plans to focus on getting guns off the streets first.