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Alvin Bragg elected as Manhattan’s first black district attorney

Civil rights lawyer and former federal prosecutor Alvin Bragg was elected as Manhattan’s first black district attorney on Tuesday night.

The 48-year-old Democrat handily defeated his Republican opponent, criminal justice attorney Thomas Kenniff, garnering nearly 84 percent of the vote with 81 percent of precincts reporting.

Bragg was heavily favored to win in the Democrat-dominated borough.

He will replace retiring District Attorney Cy Vance in January, and inherit high-profile investigations involving former President Donald Trump.

On the campaign trail, Bragg — who grew up in Harlem during the crime-plagued 1980s —promised to change the culture of the DA’s office and vowed to de-prosecute certain low-level offenses including resisting arrest, trespassing and fare evasion.

The incoming head prosecutor has been open about his interactions with law enforcement that he said sparked his interest in the law.

When he was 15, a police officer pointed a gun at his face and falsely called him a drug dealer as he walked with his father to get groceries, Bragg said. He subsequently filed a complaint.

As an adult, Bragg allowed his brother-in-law into his home after the man was released from prison. He recalled how the warrant squad would occasionally bang on his door looking for the brother-in-law.

Bragg will be Manhattan's first black district attorney.
Bragg will be Manhattan’s first black district attorney.
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“Those are my stories, but the important thing is that they are our stories,” Bragg told The Associated Press.

“They are lots of people’s stories, and I think taking those stories and metaphorically, those people, with me to the D.A.’s office is important in a symbolic way but also deeply meaningful in a very practical way.”

In the days before the election, Bragg has been representing Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, in a judicial inquiry into her son’s death.

The Garner family has accused city officials of neglecting their duties by failing to fully investigate Garner’s fatal 2014 arrest.

With Post wires


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