Color is hardly just a factor. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris climbed the ladder of California politics as the state’s attorney general before being elected to the Senate. But while she links herself to the movement to make a criminal justice system less punitive, her past-on-criminal position as San Francisco district attorney Dogged her presidential run among the party’s left
Wing. And Black AGs are in charge of studying some of the hottest police killings of the year with Minnesota Keith Ellison investigating the deaths of Floyd and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a rising star in the GOP who spoke at the Republican national convention last month, is facing criticism for speed his probe into Breonna Taylor’s killing in Louisville.
Raoul has gathered other attorneys general seeking clearer authority from Congress to pursue patterned or practiced patterns of discrimination probes into the troubled police forces that the justice department under President Donald Trump opposes. And he is pushing for Illinois to license its police officers, an idea that languished in the state legislature for years, including its own efforts to revive the issue.
Now the state’s Black Legislative Caucus is crafting new criminal justice and victims’ laws — a “black agenda”-to be considered in November when lawmakers briefly reconvene. Raoul, who said he also wants to care and “comprehensive, efficient service” for…