Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney, is firing back at Black Lives Matter after being targeted by the radical group.
Lacey made headlines back in March when around 30 Black Lives Matter protestors showed up at her home demanding to meet with her. The situation escalated to the point where her husband pulled a gun on the rioters, demanding that they leave his property.
Lacey has been a target of Black Lives Matter ever since, with the group launching petitions demanding that she either be voted out of office or forced to resign. The 63-year-old seasoned prosecutor, however, is not about to let them get to her.
“I get in here and the most vocal group who wants to take me out is a group known as Black Lives Matter,” Lacey told CNN. She went on to add that police brutality is one issue that the activists disagree with her on.
“While you may look at a shooting by an officer and say, ‘Oh, they could have shot him in the leg, they didn’t have to respond that way,’ that’s not the test under California law,” Lacey explained. “The test is when somebody’s life is in danger.”
She also said that while she has more in common with Black Lives Matter activists than they might think, she can’t get behind them when it comes to calls to defund the police.
“If you’re talking about redistributing funds, I absolutely agree with that,” Lacey said. “I’ve advocated for mental health funds to go to communities of color since 2013. I’ve been advocating for treatment of drug addiction for a long time. But if you’re talking about, let’s just take all the police out of our community and if a crime happens, just let someone else respond, I just don’t think that’s realistic.”
“[Protesters] are treating me like ‘the man.’ But if they only knew that I’m the girl from the neighborhood,” she continued.
In the end, Lacey said that she has lived her life simply following the law.
“No matter who you have in this job, they still have to follow California law,” the DA said.
Unfortunately, it appears that Black Lives Matter might have succeeded in getting rid of Lacey, as she revealed in this interview that her “next term” will be her last.
“I think I’m going to care less about what people say and more about…how I want this book to end,” she said. “I want to see less juveniles in our…system, less people on the streets. I don’t want it to end like this, right? That as the first African-American to hold this job, and protesters ran her out. That doesn’t seem like a just ending.”
I think we can all agree with Lacey on that front. What a shame.
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on July 14, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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