The Biden administration is nominating its first Black man to serve as the U.S. Marshal in Minnesota along with the set of U.S. Marshals
Minneapolis police Lt. Eddie Frizell was nominated to be the U.S. Marshal in the District of Minnesota two months after two sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man in Minneapolis while assigned to a Marshals Service fugitive task force that sparked controversy about how the Justice Department was implementing its policy on body-worn cameras.
The deputies from local sheriff’s offices who work on the federal fugitive task force, were not wearing body cameras and local officers being prohibited from wearing body cameras has led some local police departments in Minnesota to pull their officers from federal task forces.
Reeling from the death of the late George Floyd, the shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr. in June sparked nights of protest in a city
Eddie Frizell has served as chief of the Metro Transit Police Department in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area since 2019 and he was also a longtime police official in Minneapolis, serving in various positions, including as deputy chief of patrol, and as an inspector, making him a well-known figure in Minnesota law enforcement
Furthermore, the White House also nominated its first Black women to serve as U.S. attorneys in the Northern District of Ohio and the Eastern District of Michigan and also nominated the first Black men to serve as U.S. attorneys in Nevada and in the Middle District of Louisiana.
The White house in their press release explained how the candidates were chosen.
The candidates were “chosen for their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice,” the White House said.
Biden has now nominated 37 people to serve as U.S. attorneys, positions that have been filled for months by acting U.S. attorneys.
The Justice Department’s 93 U.S. attorneys, who are responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts, are likely to be central to efforts to combat violent crime.