Posted on December 10, 2021

Video Shows Biden’s New Black Massachusetts US Attorney Threatening Reporters

Elizabeth Elkind, Daily Mail, December 9, 2021

Video footage has surfaced that shows new Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins angrily confront journalists in January over a road rage incident where she cut off a white motorist and impersonated a police officer in a Boston parking lot.

Rollins, 50, who was narrowly confirmed in the Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote on Wednesday, is seen in footage from Boston 25 News threatening the news crew asking about the dustup.

Rollins angrily threatens them with legal action, accuses them of endangering her children because they asked for an interview near her home.

She also brings up the race of the other driver involved in the Boston parking lot dustup but doesn’t acknowledge what transpired.

Boston 25 spoke with a woman, Katie Lawson, who told the outlet that Rollins confronted her when she attempted to merge ahead of the attorney’s car while both were leaving the parking lot.

Lawson said she ‘1,000 percent thought that she [Rollins] was a police officer,’ telling the outlet that Rollins threatened to write her a ticket.

When Rollins was being interviewed by Boston 25, she at one point said: ‘So the rantings of a white woman get you here and scare my children?’

But the attorney later tweeted and tried to misrepresent her foul-mouthed exchange with the news crew, claiming in a series of tweets that she had been accosted by a ‘masked white man’ who jumped out of his truck and removed something ‘large & dark’ from the trunk, leaving her and her children feeling ‘terrified.’

Rollins has a history of making public controversial statements invoking race, railing against police brutality and expressing support for Black Lives Matter protesters. has reached out to the White House and the United States Attorney’s office in the District of Massachusetts for comment.

President Joe Biden had tapped Rollins, then Suffolk Country District Attorney, to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts in July.

On Wednesday, she made history as the first black woman to be confirmed in the role by the Senate, when Harris broke a 50-50 tie along party lines.

Shortly before the January confrontation, Boston 25 spoke with a woman, Katie Lawson, who told the outlet Rollins confronted her when she attempted to merge ahead of the attorney’s car while both were leaving the parking lot.

‘She pulled her car about three inches from my car and said, “Do you want me to write you a ticket? Because I’ll write you a ticket,” put on the sirens, put on the strobe lights for like, probably a couple of seconds,’ Lawson reportedly said of Rollins, adding that she said: ‘Today is not the day to try me.’

Lawson said of the incident: ‘I 1,000 percent thought that she was a police officer because the only person I know that can write you a ticket is an actual a police officer. So she implied, in my opinion, she implied that she was a police officer. I thought she was a police officer. That’s why I called the police department.’

As a then district attorney, Rollins had no power to issue Lawson a ticket, and it does not appear as if the woman had broken any traffic laws in the first place.

Lawson was concerned enough about her interaction with Rollins that she asked a friend in her passenger seat to take a photo of the other woman’s license plate, and then contacted the local police department to report what had happened.

Rollins has a track record of being a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform and racial justice.

During a February 2020 meeting with prosecutors from around the US, Rollins, in responding to a white male California US attorney’s speech criticizing a progressive approach to criminal justice, invoked her skin color and said: ‘I really don’t have much time for more white men telling me what communities of color need.’

Four months later, at the height of the protests over the murder of George Floyd in the spring of 2020, Rollins got into a war of words with Boston’s police union after declaring that police officers ‘shoot us in the street as if we were animals and ‘murder us with impunity.’

When the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association accused Rollins of slandering police officers, the DA clapped back, arguing that her remarks were ‘anti-police brutality’ and not ‘anti-police.’

Biden’s nomination of Rollins was the subject of controversy last week when Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee launched a bid to delay her confirmation.

The effort had been led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who labeled Rollins a ‘radical, pro-criminal prosecutor.’

She fired back at the lawmaker in a Monday interview on Boston Public Radio.

‘I wish I lived a life where I could just say something out loud, wouldn’t have to cite a single thing in support of it, and the media just gobbled it up like delicious peach cobbler,’ Rollins quipped.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, launched a blistering rhetorical attack against Biden’s nominee on Wednesday, arguing that she is ‘part of a web of left-wing district attorneys across the country who see it as their job not to prosecute crime, [but] rather, to protect criminals.’

Cruz then proceeded to name some of the 15 crimes that Rollins has said she would not prosecute, including trespass, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest, which the GOP senator sarcastically dubbed the ‘crown jewel’ of the list.

‘Joe Biden and Senate Democrats—they’re bringing that to a neighborhood near you,’ Cruz added.

Rollins’ July nomination was met with praise by progressives in the House and Senate. Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts said she was an ‘excellent choice’ for Biden.

‘She has fought to transform our legal system by prioritizing racial justice, decarceration & reimagining public safety in MA,’ Pressley wrote.

Elizabeth Warren spoke for both of the state’s senators when she said she and Ed Markey were ‘proud to recommend her to the Biden administration.’

On her campaign website for her previous role as Suffolk County DA, Rollins shares a list of crimes she would not prosecute including drug possession, disorderly conduct and minor possession of alcohol.

Rollins commented on her approach to her role as a prosecutor in a tweet from March 2021: ‘I have & always will be concerned with public safety, but prosecution is not always the best way of ensuring safety. Adopting declination and diversion policies is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. The data doesn’t lie.’