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Husband of LA district attorney facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protestors at his house

The husband of Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney has been hit with three charges of assault with a firearm stemming from him pulling a gun when an estimated 30 Black Lives Matter activists showed up at the couple’s home demanding to see his wife earlier this year.

What are the details?

The Los Angeles Times reported that David Lacey, husband of L.A. county chief prosecutor Jackie Lacey, was charged by the California attorney general’s office over an incident in early March where he was recorded on video brandishing a gun at protestors who showed up on his front porch calling for a meeting with his wife.

On March 2, a Black Lives Matter representative named Melina Abdullah rang the doorbell of the Lacey household, and Mr. Lacey came to the door. He is seen pointing a gun during the confrontation, telling the activists to get off his porch and warning them that he was prepared to shoot them.

Mrs. Lacey later said that her husband was “profoundly sorry” for the exchange, adding, “I do not believe it is fair or right for protestors to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service. It was just him and I in that house and we really didn’t know what was about to happen.”

In an interview released by CNN last month, Mrs. Lacey condemned the radical views pushed by some Black Lives Matters activists, including the defunding of police.

The Hill reported that following the news of Mr. Lacey’s criminal charges, his attorney, Samuel Tyre said in a statement that he was “disappointed” that his client’s actions were considered “criminal behavior.”

“We disagree entirely with their assessment,” Tyre argued, adding, “but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.”

Anything else?

Mr. Lacey’s case has similarities to another case happening in the middle of the country which also involves a couple defending their home against protesters.

The BLM movement gained an enormous boost following the death of George Floyd in late May — two months after the incident at the Lacey household. The movement has since been joined and allegedly hijacked by affiliated groups in protests across the country, with demonstrations descending into violence, looting, and even murders.

A St. Louis couple, the McCloskeys — both of whom are attorneys — were charged last month for bringing out firearms to confront protesters who had broken down the gate to their gated community and allegedly threatened their lives.

The McCloskeys’ attorney, Joel Schwartz, released a statement at the time, saying, “I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”

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Black DA blasts Black Lives Matter for targeting her, showing up at her home, and speaks out against abolishing police

Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney, slammed the Black Lives Matter movement in a newly released interview with CNN.

What are the details?

Lacey, a former prosecutor, went viral in March after Black Lives Matter activists arrived her home in protest and her husband pulled a gun on demonstrators.

At least 30 demonstrators showed up at Lacey’s home demanding a meeting with the district attorney when her husband, David, pulled a gun, demanding activists leave the property. The activists were reportedly angered that Lacey had not met with the demonstrators, and had previously voiced displeasure with the delayed arrest of wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck.

Buck was charged in the overdose deaths of two black males in his home.

The group has also demanded immediate police reform as well as a dismantling of the local broken criminal justice system that they say victimizes people of color. Many protesters have launched a campaign to end Lacey’s career by attempting to vote her out of office, or force her to resign.

In a recent interview with CNN, however, the 63-year-old Lacey attempted to quell the uproar against her.

“I get in here and the most vocal group who wants to take me out is a group known as Black Lives Matter,” said Lacey, who has served as DA since 2012.

She pointed out police brutality as one particular tack on which activists disagree with her.

“While you may look at a shooting by an officer and say, ‘Oh, they could have shot him in the leg, they didn’t have to respond that way,’ that’s not the test under California law,” Lacey reasoned. “The test is when somebody’s life is in danger.”

Lacey added that she has more in common with Black Lives Matter protesters than they seem to think, and says that she believes the criminal justice system should be overhauled rather than taken apart entirely.

“If you’re talking about redistributing funds, I absolutely agree with that,” Lacey said during the interview. “I’ve advocated for mental health funds to go to communities of color since 2013. I’ve been advocating for treatment of drug addiction for a long time. But if you’re talking about, let’s just take all the police out of our community and if a crime happens, just let someone else respond, I just don’t think that’s realistic.”

Lacey added, “[Protesters] are treating me like ‘the man.’ But if they only knew that I’m the girl from the neighborhood.”

Just following the law

She pointed out that she simply follows the law.

“No matter who you have in this job, they still have to follow California law,” she reasoned.

Lacey also revealed that her “next term” will be her last.”

“I think I’m going to care less about what people say and more about … how I want this book to end,” she said. “I want to see less juveniles in our … system, less people on the streets. I don’t want it to end like this, right? That as the first African-American to hold this job, and protesters ran her out. That doesn’t seem like a just ending.”

You can watch more of Lacey’s remarks in a video here.

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