It’s not just Dallas, where elected officials are working to protect black criminals.
It’s not just Atlanta, where police are no longer protecting store owners in Buckhead from black criminals.
It’s also Boston, where the black District Attorney of Suffolk County has pledged she will not prosecute low-level crimes because they disproportionately impact black and brown people. [‘This is precisely what Suffolk County wants;’ DA Rachael Rollins stands behind pledge not to prosecute low-level crimes, Mass Live, 4-5-19]:
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins pushed back against the Baker administration’s concerns that her pledge not to prosecute certain low-level crimes would pose a risk to public safety and hurt Massachusetts’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
“I’m not going to engage in fear-mongering,” Rollins told reporters Friday afternoon at district attorney’s office. “I believe we do have an opioid crisis. I am personally aware of that. I am the guardian of two nieces as the result of it.”
Rollins characterized the letter from Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas A. Turco warning against Rollins’ recent policy memo as an attempt to interfere with her pledge to tackle the mass incarceration of people of color in Suffolk County.
Turco released the letter to the State House New Service Thursday night, warning that Rollins’s recent policy memo could “put at risk the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to combat the ongoing crisis of the opioid epidemic.”
Some of her policies could “substantially restrict government’s ability to protect victims threatened with serious crimes,” Turco wrote in a two-page letter.
Rollins questioned why state officials didn’t approve proposals to create safe injection sites to curb overdose deaths and HIV transmissions across the state instead of focusing on her policies. Rollins went on to say her pledge to not prosecute certain misdemeanors and low-level felonies is about leveling the playing field in the criminal justice system.
She also suggested that marijuana possession ― once a low-level crime that disproportionately affected black and brown residents in Suffolk County ― has transformed into a billion-dollar industry that mostly benefits rich, suburban and white businessmen.
“Why I’m standing here as your Suffolk County DA is because of the communities that have been forgotten or ignored, poor communities, urban communities, overwhelmingly black or brown communities,” she said. “We’re going to make sure the policies actually work for them just as well as they do for people in the more affluent sections of Suffolk County.”
Suffolk County is 45 percent white, 21 percent black, 23 percent Hispanic and 9 percent Asian.
Rachael Rollins, the black District Attorney of Suffolk County, is using her office to protect black and brown criminals from the consequences of their anti-social behavior.
Welcome to 2019 America, where black elected officials exist (and our elected) to protect black criminals.