District Attorney Jackie Lacey Concedes to Challenger George Gasc贸n in Emotional Speech

After eight years in office and amid widespread outcry from social justice activists, the controversial DA is out

Eight years after she was first elected to the office, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded to her progressive challenger, George Gasc贸n, in an emotional speech on Friday morning. As ballots continue to be tallied, Lacey, the first Black woman to serve as L.A. County鈥檚 prosecutor, appears to be down by an insurmountable margin, with 46.28 percent of the vote to Gasc贸n鈥檚 53.72 percent.

Through tears, Lacey thanked her mother and other family members, including husband David Lacey, who she applauded for being willing to put 鈥渉is own life in danger to protect me.鈥 David Lacey is currently facing charges for pulling a gun on three Black Lives Matter protesters who attempted to confront Lacey at her San Fernando Valley home.

In recent years, Lacey鈥檚 ouster has been a cause c猫l茅bre for Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and other local social justice groups, largely for her reluctance to prosecute police officers accused of misconduct, including lethal use of force. In today鈥檚 speech, Lacey spoke of herself as a casualty of the social justice movement: 鈥淲hat happened in my election may one day be listed as a consequence of that鈥 result of our season of discontent and our demand to see a tsunami of change.鈥 BLM activists were planning to speak outside the Hall of Justice following Lacey鈥檚 remarks.

Lacey also blamed a 鈥渢sunami鈥 of money that was spent by the Gasc贸n campaign, claiming her campaign was outspent by an 鈥渦nprecedented鈥 $5 million. Despite support from a slew of law enforcement unions鈥攖he Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and the L.A. Police Protective League all dropping seven figures on her behalf鈥擫acey raised $7 million to Gasc贸n鈥檚 $12 million at final count, according to the L.A. Times.

After cataloging what she considers the office鈥檚 accomplishments during her tenure鈥攁n invigorated environmental crime unit, a reduction of the jail population in response to the pandemic, and a robust focus on sex trafficking鈥擫acey said she hopes that people will commit to 鈥渁ppreciating the humanity in each other,鈥 adding that individuals shouldn鈥檛 be judged by the color of their skin or 鈥渃hosen profession,鈥 referring to police officers.

Gasc贸n is expected to speak via Zoom at 1 p.m. on Friday.

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