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Black Lives Matter activists vowed to take their protests into the suburbs — a tactic that has a lot to do with depriving President Donald Trump of the suburban vote — and are making good on that promise, as dangerous as it is for mobs to show up on the doorsteps of private homes.
This was seen in St. Louis recently, but the audacious tactic was being applied before the death of George Floyd, as seen in March when Black Lives Matter activists came knocking at the door of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey the day before a primary election.
The mob was greeted by Lacey’s husband, David Lacey, who was armed with a large handgun and threatened to shoot the protesters if they did not leave — Mr. Lacey has now been charged for pointing his weapon at them.
The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday against Lacey for assault with a firearm for the March 2 incident, KTLA 5 reported.
A video shared by a Black Lives Matter LA activist shows Lacey in the doorway of his home ordering the protesters to get off his porch while pointing a handgun at them — his finger is clearly in the trigger well.
Somewhat remarkably, organizer Melina Abdullah is heard calmly asking if the district attorney is at home while Lacey threatens to shoot them.
“I will shoot you, get off of my porch!” he said. “I don’t care who you are, get off of my porch. Right now. We’re calling the police.”
#BREAKING This morning Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband pulled a gun out on Black Lives Matter activists who protested his wife in front of their house. @BLMLA pic.twitter.com/wnCFMMvaWV
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) March 2, 2020
Jackie Lacey’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday commenting on her husband’s actions and noting that she had recently received a death threat when the incident took place.
“The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain,” Lacey said in the statement. “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.”
At the time of the incident, she profoundly apologized for her husband brandishing a gun, but also denounced protesters showing up at her home.
“I do not believe it is fair or right for protesters to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service,” she said. “I just want to live in peace and do my job.”
As KTLA noted, Lacey is the first black person and first woman to head up the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office, the largest in the nation.
She is also a Democrat, but that hasn’t stopped Black Lives Matter protesters from targeting her for three years, according to the CW affiliate. In their eyes, Lacey does not hold law enforcement accountable in fatal shootings.
Lacey faces a runoff election in November for her third term, according to KTLA.
Her opponent is a former San Francisco district attorney George Gascon, who was a cop for a number of years, as well as a former police chief. Gascon vows to reform the office.
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