LA’s first black officer beats BLM for aiming at her house after her husband pulled a gun at protesters
The first black person to serve as a prosecutor for Los Angeles has criticized Black Lives Matter activists for showing up at her home in the middle of the night, causing her husband to pull a gun on them.
Jackie Lacey, who was elected in December 2012, was asked in an interview about the March 2 incident on Saturday.
She was also questioned about measures to defraud the police, her police record, and what it feels like to have Black Lives Matter campaigning now to get her out of the November elections.
“It is unreal,” she said CNN, talking about the weekly protests against her.
“It’s almost an outer experience.”
Jackie Lacey discussed the BLM protests in an interview with CNN that aired on Saturday
She said many within BLM were unaware of her story and that she had risen from humble beginnings to be the first black DA in the office’s 170-year history.
“I’m coming in here and the most vocal group trying to knock me out is a group known as Black Lives Matter,” Lacey said.
“They treat me like” the man. But if only they knew that I am the girl from the neighborhood. ‘
For two and a half years, BLM has questioned her leadership and criticizes her failure to prosecute police officers accused of misconduct.
She defended her reputation, saying that protesters often had no access to the full facts or understood the legal nuances.
“While you watch an officer shoot and say,” Oh, they could have shot him in the leg, they didn’t have to react like that, “that’s not the test under California law,” said Lacey.
“The test is when someone’s life is in danger.”
Born in the city’s Crenshaw district, Lacey defended her reputation for police brutality
Lacey’s record is under intense investigation, as demonstrated by this demonstrator on July 8
Black Lives Matter has compiled a list of more than 600 people who have been murdered by the police since Lacey took office in 2012.
Lacey estimates the number at around 340, saying that only 14 or 15 of those shootings were unarmed civilians.
“I can’t tell you how often I will watch a case on television and say, okay, this is coming my way. Let’s see what it’s about, “said Lacey.
Lacey is the first black Los Angeles DA since 1850
“And I open the book and I say,” Oh, no one said the man had a gun, or the woman had a knife. ”
According to an official note from her office, Lacey has assessed 252 fatal shootings by May 2020.
One of those cases resulted in charges against an LA County Sheriff’s deputy.
The rest were rejected.
Lacey, 63, was born in Los Angeles, in the historic African-American district of Crenshaw.
She said that while she supported the police reassessment and a reevaluation of whether money would be better spent on social work, she could not wholeheartedly support measures to spoil the police.
“If you’re talking about redistributing money, I absolutely agree,” she said.
‘I advocate that mental health funds should go to color communities since 2013. I have long advocated for drug addiction treatment.
“But if you have it, let’s just get all the police out of our community and if a crime happens, let someone else respond, I just don’t think that’s realistic.”
She said her experience growing up in Crenshaw and living in LA in the 1970s and 1980s set her perspective.
Lacey as a child, pictured with her mother in the Crenshaw district of South-Central LA
“People didn’t realize how dangerous it was in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s,” she said.
“I remember when (my parents) complained that the police don’t care about our neighborhood.”
Lacey’s main opponent in the BLM movement was Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the organization’s LA chapter.
It was Abdullah who, tired of waiting to meet Lacey, decided to march to her house.
At a controversial October meeting of the Stonewall Democratic Club, the group said Lacey promised to arrange a meeting, but it never came. Lacey insists she has never refused to meet them, but just didn’t want to repeat the large-scale violent forum.
“So we decided to hold the meeting in front of her house,” said Abdullah.
Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM’s LA chapter, pictured at a rally on June 23
BLM protesters call for Lacey’s deportation at a meeting in LA on June 24
Lacey’s opponents protest outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles on June 24
The group arranged chairs and prayed on the sidewalk, but initially did not approach Lacey’s property until Abdullah and two others went to the front door.
Then, they said, they heard a gun cock.
“I thought I was paranoid and I said, ‘That didn’t sound good,’ Abdullah told the Los Angeles Times.
“And then her husband opened the door, pointed a gun and said. “Get off my porch.”
Lacey immediately apologized for the incident.
But in Saturday’s CNN interview, she said the activists had crossed a line.
“I don’t think you should be able to get on someone’s property,” she said.
“That crosses a line.”
Lacey will face the November 3 election against George Gascon, former LAPD Assistant Chief and San Francisco Police Chief, who subsequently became a San Francisco prosecutor.
Lacey had hoped to avoid runoff, but ended up at 48.6 percent, with Gascon at 28.2 percent.