Rollins opens up about threats as she prepares for U.S. lawyer job – Boston 25 News
BOSTON – (AP) – Rachael Rollins says she has endured racist and threatening messages as she prepares to become Massachusetts’ senior federal prosecutor.
Rollins to be the first black woman to serve as an American lawyer in Massachusetts after her confirmation by the US Senate earlier this month. She spoke about the harassment she suffered during a radio interview on Tuesday with GBH News.
“My security team is taking calls with people using the N word and saying they want to shoot me in the head and, you know, they know I have kids,” said Rollins, who is Suffolk County District Attorney since 2019.
Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote in Rollins’ controversial confirmation, which was divided among parties. Some Republican senators had criticized his progressive approach to crime, including Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who said Rollins’ confirmation “would put Americans at risk.”
Rollins has said his methods, including his decision not to prosecute low-level crimes and to support police reform, are working. She noted that Boston is one of the few major US cities to experience a recent drop in violent crime.
“We’re going to prove them wrong,” she said of the lack of Republican votes. “It’s not worth reacting. The numbers speak for themselves. Boston should be a gold standard for places like Arkansas and other places where the murder rate is skyrocketing right now. “
A successor to complete Rollins’ term, which ends in 2022, will be chosen by Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
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