*A legal expert says Donald Trump is explicitly targeting Black Americans just doing their jobs in an industry where 5% of elected prosecutors nationwide are Black.
“The danger of this rhetoric is that it encourages bad actors to do certain things,” said Melba Pearson, a former prosecutor. “These are lives that are at stake.”
Pearson says Trump’s comments have created a heightened sense of fear.
“I’ve seen it amongst those considering running for office because it’s not just the calculus of is this something I want to do,” Pearson said. “The next level is, what about security?”
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