“protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter L.A. and other local organizations descended on the Laceys’ Granada Hills home for a predawn protest. The group had banged on drums and gathered in the street before three of them approached Lacey’s home and knocked on the door.”
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At approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 2, 2020, about 30 members of Black Lives Matter showed up at the door of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s home demanding that she take a meeting with them. Needless to say, her husband was not amused.
Rather, he was alarmed and clearly upset and threatened the group with a gun before turning back into his home and slamming the door with the statement that he was calling the police.
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I’m front of DA Jackie Lacey’s house for that community meeting she promised with the @BLMLA crew. Rang her bell to invite her.
— Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) March 2, 2020
Obviously, there was no “community meeting” scheduled with the DA at 5:30 in the morning at her home. Instead, they decided to show up at her home because they allege they could not obtain an actual appointment via her office.
We’ve been going to her office every week for 2 1/2 years. We aren’t allowed in the public building. Threatened with arrest. We’ve sent letters. Called. Petitioned.
AND let’s not lose sight of the fact that 585 people have been killed by police and she refuses to prosecute.
— Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) March 4, 2020
Apparently, not being able to obtain a scheduled meeting is reason enough to show up at someone’s residence in the early hours of the morning, with thirty people no less, and demand a meeting.
Lacey’s husband has now been charged with three misdemeanor charges for assault with a firearm.
The husband of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has been charged with multiple counts of assault in connection with a March incident recorded on video in which he waved a gun at protesters outside the couple’s Granada Hills home, according to court filings made public Tuesday.
The California attorney general’s office filed three counts of misdemeanor assault with a firearm against David Lacey on Monday, records show. Lacey had been under investigation for several months after video surfaced of him brandishing a handgun on his doorstep on March 2.
An arraignment is scheduled for Aug.13, the attorney general’s office said. David Lacey is not currently in police custody, a representative for the district attorney’s reelection campaign said.
Apparently, the pre-dawn, on-the-spot meeting demand was accompanied by the banging of drums and followed a contentious reelection campaign in which Lacey had allegedly received death threats.
The LA Times continues:
The chaotic scene, much of which was captured in cellphone video, unfolded when protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter L.A. and other local organizations descended on the Laceys’ Granada Hills home for a predawn protest. The group had banged on drums and gathered in the street before three of them approached Lacey’s home and knocked on the door.
Footage shows David Lacey open the door and point a handgun in the direction of the protesters.
“I will shoot you. Get off of my porch,” he said in the video.
. . . . At a news conference after the incident, Jackie Lacey apologized and said her husband was reacting in fear, as she had received death threats during a contentious reelection campaign. Lacey will face former San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón in the November general election.
In a statement Tuesday, Lacey again cited the vitriolic campaign as a reason for her husband to be worried about their safety.
“The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain. My husband acted in fear for my safety after we were subjected to months of harassment that included a death threat no less than a week earlier,” she said. “Protesters arrived at my house shortly after 5 a.m. while I was upstairs. My husband felt that we were in danger and acted out of genuine concern for our well-being.”
The protesters’ attorneys dismiss the argument that the couple felt threatened because thirty BLM protesters showed up at their home at 5:30 a.m., stating the Laceys could see from their video security cam that the protestors who approached their door were not armed.
David Lacey’s defense attorney, Samuel Tyre, said his “client’s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm.” He declined to comment on the facts of the case.
Carl Douglas, the civil rights attorney representing Abdullah and two other protesters named in the complaint, described the Laceys’ explanation that they were in fear for their lives as “laughable.” He said that the Laceys’ home has a doorbell equipped with a camera that would have made clear the protesters at their doorstep were unarmed.
“Rarely, in 40 years of toiling in this space, have I ever been so pleasantly surprised to see justice in action, that [Atty. Gen.] Xavier Becerra and his team would understand the wrongfulness and the maliciousness of David Lacey pulling a handgun on peaceful protesters,” he said.
Abdullah said she was thankful for Becerra’s decision, but also questioned why felony charges weren’t filed, suggesting David Lacey was given preferential treatment due to his status. Abdullah also scoffed at the idea that the Laceys felt threatened, noting that Jackie Lacey was familiar with her and the other two protesters at the door.
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