On Wednesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) unleashed on NBA player LeBron James after he incited violence and targeted the Ohio police officer who saved a girl from a knife-wielding 16-year-old black girl.
Ma’Khia Bryant, the girl who was fatally shot, was about to stab another girl against a parked car in the driveway when the heroic officer stepped in and shot Bryant.
James, “with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless,” the NFOP said on Twitter. “The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”
“ANGER does (sic) any of us any good and that includes myself!” James said in an incoherent tweet after he deleted his original tweet. “Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” he continued. “I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
According to many experts, Bryant’s shooting was “justified,” because the young girl was intending on killing someone before she was stopped.
“My first impression is that the officer was legally justified in using deadly force,” said Bowling Green State University criminal justice professor Philip Stinson.
“It’s a terribly tragic situation, and my heart goes out to the girl and her family and friends,” he added. “But from looking at the video, it appears to me that a reasonable police officer would have had a reasonable apprehension of an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death being imposed against an officer or someone else. That’s the legal standard.”
James Scanlon, a retired Columbus SWAT officer said: “An officer is justified in using deadly force if his life or the life of someone else is at risk,” Scanlon said. “Few would argue that there weren’t at least two lives there that were at serious risk.”
The officer shot Bryant “to save the life of someone he doesn’t even know,” Scanlon added. “It’s a shame that no one has recognized that that officer, in all likelihood, saved one or more lives.”
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