Black Lives Matter protesters were angered and shocked when the husband of the district attorney for Los Angeles County pulled a gun on them and threatened to shoot if they didn't leave them alone.
The stunning altercation was caught on video when Melina Abdullah, a protest leader, rang the doorbell of the home of District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Monday.
"Good morning!" said Abdullah on the video.
"Get off of my porch!" said a man who was identified as David Lacey, Jackie Lacey's husband.
"Are you going to shoot me?" she asked.
"I will shoot you! Get off of my porch!" he answered angrily. "We're calling the police right now!"
Abdullah posted the video on her Twitter account, where it quickly went viral:
I’m front of DA Jackie Lacey’s house for that community meeting she promised with the @BLMLA crew. Rang her bell to… https://t.co/cIn4HISj7E— Melina Abdullah (@Melina Abdullah)1583157284.0
There were about 30 protesters outside the Lacey home.
The police did not take action against the BLM protesters, who were demanding a meeting with Lacey. They later escorted the district attorney as she left her home and went to work.
Abdullah, who is also a Cal State Los Angeles professor, said that the protesters were angry that Lacey had not met with them. Among their grievances is the controversy around the delayed arrest of wealthy Democrat donor Ed Buck, who was charged in the overdose deaths of two black males in his home.
Lacey later said in a statement to the media that her husband was "profoundly sorry" for the tense exchange between her husband and the protesters.
"I do not believe it is fair or right for protesters to show up at the homes of people who dedicate their lives to public service," Lacey said. "It was just him and I in that house and we really didn't know what was about to happen."