White House appoints 10 for US marshals, US prosecutor posts | Chicago News


Minneapolis Police Lt. Eddie Frizell speaks on August 3, 2007 about his experiences as a first responder to the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Jim Mone, file)

The Biden administration names its first group of U.S. marshals, including the first black man to serve as U.S. marshal in Minnesota, as well as a list of other historic firsts for U.S. attorney positions across the country.

Eddie Frizell’s appointment as United States Marshal in the Minnesota District comes months after two sheriff’s deputies gunned down a black man in Minneapolis while he was assigned to a Task Force on Fugitives from the Minneapolis. marshal service, sparking controversy over how the Justice Department implemented its body-worn camera policy.

The shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr. in June sparked nights of protest in a town still reeling from the death of George Floyd. The officers, deputies from the local sheriff’s offices who work on the Federal Fugitive Task Force, did not wear body cameras. Problems with banning local officers from wearing body cameras has led some local Minnesota police departments to remove their officers from federal task forces.

Frizell is a well-known figure in law enforcement in Minnesota, having served as chief of the Metro Police Department in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area since 2019. Prior to this position, he was a police officer in long time in Minneapolis, serving in a variety of positions including Deputy Patrol Leader and Inspector.

Andrew Luger, a former Obama-era US lawyer and partner at Jones Day law firm, is appointed US attorney in Minnesota. Luger previously served as a U.S. Attorney General in Minnesota from 2014 to 2017 and previously worked as a Federal Attorney in Minnesota and New York.

The White House also appoints the first black women to serve as U.S. lawyers in the Northern District of Ohio and the Eastern District of Michigan. And he will appoint the first black men to serve as American attorneys in Nevada and the Middle District of Louisiana.

The 93 U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, who are responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts, will likely be at the heart of efforts to tackle violent crime.

The candidates were “chosen for their dedication to law enforcement, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to the pursuit of equal justice for all and their commitment to independence. of the Department of Justice, ”the White House said. .

Biden has now appointed 37 people to serve as U.S. attorneys, positions that have been held for months by acting U.S. attorneys.

Nevada President of the Assembly Jason Frierson is appointed US attorney in that state. Frierson has served in the State Assembly since 2010 and also works as a Deputy Public Advocate in Clark County, Nevada, Las Vegas County. Frierson was elected to its current Assembly in 2016 after serving from 2011 to 2014. He has served as Speaker of the Lower House since 2016.

In Michigan, the White House has appointed Mark Totten United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Totten, a former law professor, has been chief legal counsel to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer since 2019. He is also a former federal and local prosecutor. And in the Eastern District of Michigan, officials appoint Dawn Ison, who has served as an assistant U.S. lawyer in the office since 2002.

Other candidates include Brandon Brown, an assistant US attorney in the western district of Louisiana, to head this office, and Ronald Gathe, Jr., to be the US attorney for the central district of Louisiana. Gathe is the head of trials for the 18th Louisiana Judicial District Attorney’s Office and previously served as an assistant district attorney. He previously worked in private practice and is also the vice president of membership for the National Black Attorneys Association, helping to establish the first and only chapter in Louisiana.

The White House will also appoint Ryan Buchanan as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, where he worked as a Deputy U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Bureau’s Violent Crime and National Security section. And officials are also announcing the appointment of Marisa Darden as a U.S. lawyer in the Northern Ohio District, where she worked as a prosecutor from 2014 to 2019.

The White House is also announcing that it is appointing LaDon Reynolds to the post of United States Marshal in the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago. Reynolds is the police chief of the Oak Park Police Department in Illinois. The longtime officer also serves as the ministry’s emergency preparedness coordinator.


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