LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County’s district attorney, locked in a high-profile campaign for reelection, said her husband is “profoundly sorry” for having pointed a gun towards demonstrators who came to the front door of their home.
Video posted on social media and retweeted by Black Lives Matter shows a man at the door pointing a gun and warning demonstrators: “I will shoot you. Get off of my porch.” He also said he would call the police.
At an emotional press conference, District Attorney Jackie Lacey offered an apology on behalf of her husband. She said she has offered to meet with representatives from Black Lives Matter, but they have continued to picket at her house in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and confront her in public places.
“I do not believe it is fair or right for protesters to show up at the home of people who dedicate their lives to public service,” said Lacey, who is being challenged by former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and a former county public defender, Rachel Rossi. The race in Tuesday’s primary is nonpartisan, although all three candidates are Democrats.
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Black Lives Matter activists have criticized Lacey for being too protective of law enforcement and say she doesn’t prosecute officers who fatally shoot suspects.
At their own press conference, Black Lives Matter representatives said their members were traumatized by the gun incident.
“Her husband met us at the door with a gun,” organizer Melina Abdullah told the television station KTTV. “We heard him cock it, he pointed the gun as he opened the door and then when he saw me, he pointed the gun directly at my chest.”
Los Angeles police were called to a home around 5:40 a.m. with about roughly 50 protesters outside, Officer Lizeth Lomeli said.
Lomeli said there have not been any arrests, but police did not immediately confirm the report of a man brandishing a gun.
Contributing: The Associated Press