NBA superstar LeBron James posted a now deleted social media post on Wednesday of the police officer who allegedly shot and killed a 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio, writing, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet also included an emoji of an hour glass, which is used to signify that time is running out.
Michael Woods, the interim police chief of the the Columbus Police Department , said during a press conference that the video of the incident showed “the female with the knife,” who the police officer shot and killed, was “attempting to stab” another female in the video.
James, a far left-wing Democrat activist and court jester to China, later deleted the tweet shortly after posting it, which would cause some backlash.
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) responded to James’ tweet by writing: “[email protected] , 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.”
Columbus police swiftly moved to release the body camera footage of the incident to prevent rioting from breaking out as the trial for Derek Chauvin had just ended.
Michael Woods, the interim police chief of Columbus said: “Normally we don’t provide information this soon, but we understand the public’s need, desire, and expectation to have transparency upon what happened,” he went on “We’ve worked very hard tonight to provide you a short video of the officer, the first officer that arrived at the 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,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said during a press conference. “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.”
Sports commentator Jason Whitlock responded to James’ tweet by writing: “LeBron James, like other elites, is using racial division as a distraction as elites reshape America to be more like communist China. Elites prefer communism. Millionaire elites are protected by communism. They’re the ‘Talented Tenth’ W.E.B. Du Bois promoted. You’re being played.”
Other negative backlash include the following:
But it gets worse, instead of apologizing to the cop for doing his cop, he defended that tweet even after he deleted it.
“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself!” James said. “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,” James continued. “I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hare -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.”