A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter after the target of an early morning protest by the mob answered his door with a weapon. The property at which the mob was protesting: The Los Angeles County District Attorney.
In a statement to the media, L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her husband, David, state that after months of threats – including death threats, the arrival of the mob provoked fear for their lives.
“The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain,” Jackie Lacey said. “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.”
She stated that the rambunctious mob arrived at their house at approximately 5am while the couple was still asleep. “My husband felt that we were in danger and acted out of genuine concern for our well-being,” Lacey said.
Civil Rights Attorney Carl Douglas said in a statement that BLM organizer Melina Abdullah marched the mob of protesters to the front door of the Laceys’ Granada Hills home in the hours before dawn for a “community meeting.”
The protesters shook the neighborhood with the banging of drums and chants and were subsequently met at the Lacey’s front door by a visibly upset David Lacey who was holding a weapon demanding that the mob “Get off my porch.”
#BREAKING This morning Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband pulled a gun out on Black Lives Matter activists who protested his wife in front of their house. @BLMLA pic.twitter.com/wnCFMMvaWV
— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) March 2, 2020
The Los Angeles chapter of BLM has been critical of Jackie Lacey’s follow through on a promise she made to meet with them over her office not pursuing charges against police officers involved in fatal shootings.
The lawsuit calls the brandishing of the firearm “outrageously brazen and recklessly negligent.” The Los Angeles Times describes the mob as “innocent” and “lawfully visiting” the Lacey’s home; simply wanting “the political candidate to follow through on promises she had made, yet neglected.”
There are laws in Los Angeles County against unpermitted demonstrations and disturbing the peace.
The lawsuit comes as Jackie Lacey faces an opponent in seeking re-election as the county district attorney. If elected, this would be her third term in office. The Laceys’ attorney alluded to the lawsuit being politically motivated and politically timed to exact the most damage against Lacey at the polls.