UPDATE 3-4-20 10:AM Lacey has dropped below 50%. Run-off possible.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – The closely watched race for the next top prosecutor in Los Angeles came to a contentious end as results are still coming in early this morning, Incumbent Jackie Lacey appears to have the lead with shortly over 50% of the vote. Her main rival, reform advocate and former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is trailing with 27% and former public defender Rachel Rossi is running in third place, with 22%.
The race entered a bitter end on the eve of election day, as Jackie Lacey’s husband was seen pulling out a gun on Black Lives Matter protestors that showed up at Lacey’s home in the Granada Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Video that surfaced showed her husband David Lacey pulling a gun and allegedly threatening to “shoot” protestors who showed up at Lacey’s home to ask for a meeting with the District Attorney, after they claim her office had refused a meeting with the group who were demanding an investigation into the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, who died from overdoses while at the home of Ed Buck in West Hollywood. In January, a federal judge questioned defense attorney’s for Jackie Lacey’s office during a hearing on their motion to dismiss q wrongful death lawsuit brought against Lacey’s office by the mother of Moore.
Jackie Lacey appeared at a press conference on Tuesday morning to apologize for her husband’s actions and she claims he acted “out of fear” and meant no harm to anyone while Lacey said she doesn’t agree with protestors showing up at the homes of public officials to protest. Lacey is running for a third term as District Attorney of Los Angeles. Gascón has positioned himself as a reformer who traces his roots to growing up in Southeast Los Angeles and becoming a beat cop for the Los Angeles Police Department and serving in the military before becoming District Attorney of San Francisco where he helped to reduce the number of incarcerations in prisons there. Gascón is credited with championing reform measures and heading an Independent Investigative Bureau which investigated officer-involved shootings. Rossi and Gascón have said the number of people of color who have been incarcerated in Los Angeles under Lacey is disproportionate and have called on her to do more to treat the mentally ill who are locked up but in need of treatment.
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