Jackie Lacey wins key police union backing in D.A. race
The unions representing rank-and-file Los Angeles city police officers and county deputy sheriffs announced Friday that they are supporting Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey in her election campaign for district attorney.
The endorsements offer a boost for Lacey, who is facing veteran county prosecutor Alan Jackson in the race to succeed Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. The unions are among the two most powerful law enforcement groups in the reigon.
Tyler Izen, the head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement that Lacey had "proven executive management experience to tackle this vital job." The president of the Assn. of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, Floyd Hayhurst, also touted Lacey's years of service in the office.
The statement did not say whether the unions would be providing financial support to Lacey in the election. Representatives of the unions said they do not discuss whether they will make independent election expenditures ahead of time.
Lacey, a registered Democrat, works as Cooley's number two and is vying to become the first African American and first woman to serve as the county's top prosecutor. Jackson is a star among trial attorneys who gained national attention for his successful murder prosecution of legendary music producer Phil Spector.
Last month, Jackson and Lacey faced off in a heated debate hosted by the Los Angeles County Organization of Police and Sheriffs. The rivals traded barbs over the death penalty, a statewide ballot measure that would reform California's three-strikes law and their visions for running the office. Video of the 90-minute debate can be viewed here.