The husband of Los Angeles’s top prosecutor pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter activists outside his home and said, “I will shoot you,” while directly pointing his firearm at them, video shows.
David Lacey, the husband of the LA county district attorney, Jackie Lacey, opened his door Monday morning and threatened demonstrators with his gun, saying: “Get off of my porch. I will shoot you … I don’t care who you are … We’re calling the police right now.”
The footage captured the husband going back inside, at which point Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter LA organizer who had knocked at the door, said: “He pulled a gun and pointed it at my chest.” He appeared to have his finger on the trigger.
Jackie Lacey is facing a tough re-election fight this week and has long faced scrutiny for her refusal to prosecute police officers who kill civilians, her aggressive pursuit of the death penalty and other tough-on-crime strategies.
In a press conference hours after the incident, the district attorney criticized the protesters for demonstrating at her home, saying they were trying “to embarrass me and intimidate me”, but added that her husband now wanted to apologize: “His response was in fear … He’s profoundly sorry … He meant no one any harm.”