The husband of the Los Angeles County district attorney was charged Tuesday with assault after police say he pointed a gun at protesters despite the couple’s claim that they felt threatened by the mob.
Jackie Lacey, the district attorney, told CNN that she was sorry about the March 2 incident when protesters arrived at her Granada Hills home shortly after 5 a.m.
Similar to the St. Louis couple that made headlines after being charged for brandishing guns at protesters, Lacey said that she and her husband “felt that we were in danger and acted out of genuine concern for our well-being.”
The scene was largely caught on a cellphone.
Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter-LA and a professor, told CNN that the charges against David Lacey were a “pleasant surprise.” But she also questioned why felony charges were not filed, according to reports.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that David Lacey was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault with a firearm.
The paper reported that the protesters were banging drums in the streets and three of them eventually knocked on the couple’s door. David Lacey could be seen in the video opening the door with a gun and saying, “I will shoot you. Get off of my porch.”
A woman’s voice off-camera could be heard slyly saying, “Good morning, are you going to shoot me?”
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David Lacey eventually says he is going to call the police and closes the door. The woman says, “He pulled a gun and pointed it at my chest.”
Jackie Lacey issued a statement, “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.”
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The paper spoke to an attorney representing David Lacey who said that his client’s “human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family.”