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Two major police unions back Jackie Lacey for district attorney

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With two months until Election Day, prosecutor Jackie Lacey on Friday picked up two major endorsements — from the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.

The two organizations represent the rank-and-file members of the Los Angeles Police Department and county Sheriff’s Department, which total about 20,000 officers. Lacey, who is L.A. County’s Chief Deputy District Attorney, is facing Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson in the Nov. 6 race to replace D.A. Steve Cooley.

“Law enforcement officers know Jackie Lacey as a leader of unimpeachable integrity and unmatched effectiveness,” said LAPPL President Tyler Izen in a statement. “We need a D.A. with the experience to manage the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office.”

Both Cooley and state Attorney General Kamala Harris have backed Lacey. County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe and a host of other local law enforcement organizations, including ones in West Covina, Pasadena and Claremont, have endorsed Jackson.

If elected, Lacey would be the first African-American and first female D.A. in Los Angeles County history. 

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