THE husband of Los Angeles' District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with assault after he pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters who demonstrated outside the couple's home.
Three misdemeanor charges were filed against David Lacey on Monday over the March 3 incident, which was captured on camera.
The 66-year-old was caught on video saying "I will shoot you", according to the footage.
Following the incident, Jackie Lacey offered an apology saying her husband told her he asked protesters to leave, and was acting "in fear".
On Tuesday, Lacey's campaign issued a statement, which read: "The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain.
"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."
Protesters have been gathering outside Lacey's office in increasing numbers over the past few months in an effort to oust her from office.
Lacey is the first Black person and first woman to run the local prosecutor's office, which according to KTLA5, is the nation's largest.
According to the local network, protesters claim Lacey has failed to hold law enforcement accountable in fatal shootings.
One officer has been charged in a fatal on-duty killing but has declined to file charges in more than 340 other fatal shootings.
Her husband, who is also Black, was an investigative auditor with the DA's office prior to his retirement.
His attorney issued a statement saying they "disagreed with the assessment".
"We disagree entirely with their assessment, but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached," said attorney Samuel Tyre.
"My client’s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm."
Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the charges, which were first reported by Politico.
Lacey is gearing up for a battle against George Gascón, who previously served as San Francisco's DA, to keep her seat.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said officers investigated a “possible assault with a deadly weapon” after they received a call for a disturbance.
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