L.A.’s 1st Black DA Feels Pressure of Being a ‘Traitor’

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As a chant of "You help killer cops" rumbled through a packed community center in South L.A. recently, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey stared at the people pointing their fingers at her. “You’re a race traitor,” one woman screamed. When she finally addressed the crowd members at a town hall meeting on race and the criminal justice system, Lacey told them she understood their anger. The event illustrated the intense pressure on Lacey — the county’s . . .

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