LeBron James needs ‘accountability’ for officer who killed Ma’Khia Bryant; Lakers star tweets ‘You are subsequent’


Lakers ahead LeBron James posted a tweet Wednesday telling the police officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant to dying Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, “You are subsequent.” The tweet additionally included a picture of the officer, an hourglass emoji and the hashtag “#ACCOUNTABILITY.”

James later deleted the tweet, which was screen-captured after which reposted throughout the web.

James wrote in a follow-up tweet that he took down the unique publish as a result of it was “getting used to create extra hate,” however he additionally wrote that he’s “so rattling uninterested in seeing Black individuals killed by police.”

Minutes earlier than that publish, he tweeted he felt “anger” over Bryant’s dying.

James’ “You are subsequent” declaration was a reference to Derek Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis police officer who was convicted Tuesday of homicide and manslaughter within the 2020 dying of George Floyd. Bryant was shot about 20 minutes earlier than the choose within the Chauvin case introduced the verdicts.

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Columbus police stated Wednesday that Nicholas Reardon was the officer who shot Bryant, 16. Physique digital camera video footage launched by the division over the previous two days exhibits Reardon taking pictures Bryant, who was armed with a knife and within the midst of an altercation with two ladies. Reardon was responding to a 911 name about an tried stabbing. 

Reardon may be heard on the video saying “Get down” a number of occasions earlier than taking pictures Bryant. 4 photographs are heard on the video; in response to the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus police haven’t stated whether or not extra photographs have been fired.

Bryant died about half-hour later, at 5:21 p.m. ET, at a close-by hospital.

Bryant’s aunt Hazel Bryant instructed reporters (per NBCNews.com) that her niece was defending herself in opposition to “grown, grownup ladies.”

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