NBA 2021: Why did LeBron James Delete his Tweet about Police Shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant?

NBA 2021: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James deleted his tweet on Wednesday about the lethal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio. In a string of tweets, James revealed why he removed his post.

The since-deleted tweet by James displayed a picture of a white officer Nicholas Reardon, with the title, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” with an hourglass emoji.

LeBron James’ deleted tweet

Body camera footage issued by the Columbus Division of Police confirmed the officer, named Reardon, going out of his car at a residence where police had been sent after a passer-by had called 911 stating they were being physically threatened.

As the officer walked towards a crowd of people on the road, Bryant can be observed swaying a knife angrily at another girl or woman, who fell backward. The officer shouted many times to get down. Ignoring his calls, Bryant then charged at another girl or woman, who was clasped against the car.

From a few feet away, with people on either side of him, the officer fires four shots, and Bryant fell to the ground. The knife lied on the footpath next to her.

Bryant was taken to a hospital, where she was declared dead, police said. Police did not say if anyone else was hurt.

 

The Bryant firing happened on Tuesday after judges in Minneapolis ascertained former police officer Derek Chauvin liable for two counts of murder and one count of assassination for the May 2020 killing of George Floyd outside a store.

Anthony Davis’ views 

I think a lot of people in the world are happy with the verdict and just being able to give that family peace, [and] a peace of mind,” Davis said Wednesday. “I think that it was the first step for justice.

“I think it was a good day, just for the world, to be able to get justice, because you see so many times where it doesn’t happen.

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