When eight-year-old Carina Duffy told her mother, Janette, she wanted to dress as someone really scary for Halloween, her mother had the perfect costume idea: Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. 

“I was actually thinking of a witch or a zombie,” said Carina, but her mom had already fallen in love with the costume idea.

“Oh stop, no one in Los Angeles is scarier than Jackie Lacey!” Janette said to her daughter who tried to protest but was sent to her room for talking back before she could really make her case. 

Janette, an activist with the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter who has been organizing protests against Jackie Lacey for several years, immediately started texting her friends the idea. 

As Janette basked in the LOLs she was receiving, her daughter cried increasingly louder until her mother couldn’t pretend to ignore it anymore. 

“Why are you crying?” Janette asked her daughter. 

“I, I, I, I don’t want to dress up as Jackie Lacey. She’s not scary and no one is going to know who she is,” cried Carina. 

“Carina, how can you say Jackie Lacey is not scary? 550 people have been killed by the police since she became District Attorney! She supports the death penalty! She incarcerates children! I literally can’t think of anyone scarier than Jackie Lacey,” said Janette, really working herself up. 

“But no one is going to know who she is!” shouted Carina. 

“Well, you’ll just have to tell them who Jackie Lacey is,” Janette told her daughter, “and that’s the end of this discussion.” 

On Halloween, Carina put on the Jackie Lacey mask her mother had made for her and went with her mother to go trick or treating in one of the fancy neighborhoods. 

“No one is going to know who I am!” complained Carina. “I think you’ll be surprised. People know Jackie is scary,” her mother replied. 

As Carina knocked on the door to the first house, she was taken aback as the middle-aged white woman who answered shouted with glee at the sight of her costume. 

“Oh my god, I love your costume!” 

“You do?” asked Carina. 

“Totally. I love Maxine Waters,” said the white woman, Beth or something. “Reclaiming my time! Reclaiming my–“

“She isn’t dressed as Maxine Waters!” Janette interjected. 

“Oh, of course not, how could I be so confused. You’re dressed as…” Beth squinted at the Jackie Lacey mask, “…Aunt Rachel from Family Matters?” 

“Aunt Rachel?” shouted Janette. 

“I’m dressed as Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles’s District Attorney,” said Carina. 

“Oh, how nice. Is she someone you look up to?” Beth asked as she poured a few regular-sized Hershey Bars into Carina’s pail. 

“Look up to?” shouted Janette. “Tell this bitch who Jackie Lacey is, just like we practiced.” 

Carina looked at her mom through the Jackie Lacey mask, sighed, and then turned back to Beth:

“Jackie Lacey is a dangerous politician who has directly caused the deaths of black and brown people. She supports discriminatory policies like cash bail and the death penalty, opposes marijuana reformsupports the incarceration of kids, and has been widely condemned for advocating for death sentences only against people of color.

“That’s my girl,” said Janette. 

“Oh, okay. Well, Happy Halloween!” said Beth as she gladly turned her attention to a pair of brothers dressed as Optimus Prime and Spider-Man. 

“You did good,” Janette told Carina as they went on to the next house, where Carina had a nearly verbatim conversation with the elderly white man who answered the door, the only difference being he thought Carina was dressed as Maxine Waters and then Viola Davis before Carina went into her explanation:

“Jackie Lacey is a dangerous politician who has directly caused the deaths of black and brown people. She supports discriminatory policies like cash bail and the death penalty, opposes marijuana reformsupports the incarceration of kids, and has been widely condemned for advocating for death sentences only against people of color.

As the night went on, Carina was getting pretty tired of explaining who Jackie Lacey is to boomers and yuppies and being mistaken for every prominent African American woman over the age of 40.

“Can we go home?” Carina asked her mother. 

“There’s just one more house on the block,” Janette replied as she pointed to the big house on the corner. 

Carina approached the door and gave it a few knocks. As she waited for someone to answer she noticed the “Blue Lives Matter” bumper sticker affixed to the car in the driveway. What a dick. 

When the door finally opened, Carina froze. 

“Trick or…,” 

“Why, hello!” said Jackie Lacey. It was her house. How was this possible?

“You’re dressed like me! How wonderful!” the District Attorney said as Carina turned to her mother, unsure if she had planned this. It was evident by her face that she had not. 

“Won’t you tell me about your wonderful costume?” Jackie asked Carina as she poured full-sized M&M packages into her bag.

“I, uh. I am dressed like you because this was the scariest costume my mother and I could think of. We think you are a dangerous politician who has directly caused the deaths of black and brown people. You support discriminatory policies like cash bail and the death penalty, oppose marijuana reformsupport the incarceration of kids like me, and have been rightfully condemned for advocating for death sentences against people of color. You suck.”

Carina never felt braver. Her mother never felt more proud of her daughter. 

As Jackie Lacey stared down at the miniature doppelganger who had just insulted her, she just smiled. 

“I’m sorry you feel that way, dear. Have a nice night,” she said as she closed the door. 

As Carina and her mom started to walk away from Jackie Lacey’s house, Carina started rummaging through her candy bag. 

“What are you doing?” her mother asked. 

“I don’t want Jackie Lacey’s stupid full-sized M&M’s,” Carina said, throwing the candy at the door to Jackie Lacey’s house along with the mask. “And I don’t want to wear this scary mask anymore!” 

As the mother and daughter walked back to their car, they could see Jackie peering at them through her upstairs window as she talked to someone on the phone. 

Less than ten minutes later, Carina and her mother were arrested and charged with trespassing, vandalism, making terroristic threats, impersonating a public officer, and littering. 

Fuck Jackie Lacey.


Jackie Lacey is a dangerous politician whose poor job performance has directly led to the deaths of black and brown people. She is known for supporting cash bail and the death penalty, opposing marijuana reform, repeatedly supporting the prosecution and incarceration of kids, and campaign finance ethics scandals. She has been widely condemned for winning death sentences only against people of color.

BUT WE CAN STOP HER! Vote for George Gascon for District Attorey early or on November 3.

And follow this list of groups working very hard to get Jackie Lacey out of office. Learn more, do more, make L.A. better.