NBA star LeBron James should stick with basketball, because the world of politics and social justice is not his forte.
On Wednesday, he posted a photo of the Ohio police officer who allegedly shot and killed a girl (who was wielding a knife and actively trying to stab another girl) with the caption, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
Did he even watch the video? Even Columbus interim police chief Michael Woods stated at a press conference that "the female with the knife" was "attempting to stab" another person, and the officer saved that other person's life.
LeBron has since deleted his tweet. Imagine that.
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) replied to James’ tweet: “. @KingJames , 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 officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”
.@KingJames, 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 officer saved a young girl's life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact. pic.twitter.com/GTHn1VAAlf
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) April 21, 2021
“Normally we don’t provide information this soon, but we understand the public’s need, desire, and expectation to have transparency upon what happened,” said Woods. “We’ve worked very hard tonight to provide you a short video of the officer, the first officer that arrived at scene and this is the officer that did ultimately fire his weapon.”
“We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community, but a family is grieving tonight and this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. “We think it’s critically important to share as much information as possible, as quickly as possible. So we’ll continue to share footage, other information in the hours and days ahead, making sure we’re not in any way shape or form compromising the independent investigation being done by BCI. We felt transparency and sharing this footage as incomplete as it may be at this time is critically important to make sure we were sharing good accurate information about what transpired today with the public and for this grieving family.”
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