L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey holds a big lead over her challengers in early election results late Tuesday. Lacey, who tearfully apologized after her husband, David, pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter activists on Monday, says she's "really happy" LA County voters accepted her apology.
"We're really happy that the number is what it is; that it's almost 55% and my competitors are down around 22%," Lacey said before adding she's "cautiously optimistic" because it's still early.
Lacey is leading challengers George Gascon, former San Francisco District Attorney, and former public defender Rachel Rossi, by 55% of the vote as of late Tuesday night.
"There are still a lot of votes to be counted, but this is a really good start. I must say that I'm very optimistic."
David Lacey pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter activists who gathered early Monday morning outside the Laceys' modest Granada Hills home.
The group accused the DA of not being tougher on officer-involved shootings and other high-profile crimes.
They said they approached Lacey's home and rang the doorbell because she has refused to meet with them in the past.
BLM activist Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) recorded the incident on her cell phone when Lacey's husband, David, opened the front door and pointed a firearm at them.
In the video, David yells "Get off my porch!"
"Good morning," says a female voice. "Are you gonna shoot me?"
"I will shoot you," says David Lacey. "Get off of my porch," he repeats.
"Can you tell Jackie Lacey that we're here?"
"I don't care who you are," David replies. He told the group he was calling the police before closing the door.
The police arrived on the scene minutes later, but no arrests were made.
Jackie Lacey tearfully apologized for her husband's actions. She said he was scared because she has received death threats in the past.
"It was just him and I in that house, and we really didn't know what was about to happen," she said while fighting back tears.
Lacey said she hopes to be reelected to a third term to continue serving the people of LA County.
I’m front of DA Jackie Lacey’s house for that community meeting she promised with the @BLMLA crew. Rang her bell to invite her.
— Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) March 2, 2020