LeBron James wants ‘accountability’ for officer who killed Ma’Khia Bryant; Lakers star tweets ‘You’re next’

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LeBron James wants 'accountability' for officer who killed Ma'Khia Bryant; Lakers star tweets 'You're next'

The Lakers striker LeBron James posted a tweet on Wednesday saying, “You’re next,” the officer who shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. The tweet also included a picture of the officer, an hourglass emoji, and the hashtag “#ACCOUNTABILITY”.

James later deleted the tweet, which was captured on screen and then republished over the internet.

James wrote in a follow-up tweet that he removed the original post because it was “used to create more hate,” but he also wrote that he is “so damn tired of black people being killed by the police to see “.

I’m bloody tired of seeing black people killed by the police. I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate. This is not about an officer. It’s about the whole system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more RESPONSIBILITY

– LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021

Minutes prior to this post, he tweeted that he was “angry” with Bryant’s death.

ANGER does something good for each of us and that includes me! However, gathering all the facts and clearing them up does it! My anger is still there for what happened to that little girl. My condolences to their families and may justice reign! 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑

– LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021

James’ “You’re Next” statement was a reference to Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was sentenced to the death of George Floyd Tuesday for 2020 murder and manslaughter. Bryant was shot dead about 20 minutes before the judge pronounced the verdict on the Chauvin case.

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Columbus police said Wednesday that Nicholas Reardon was the officer who shot Bryant, 16. The body camera footage released by the department over the past two days shows Reardon shooting and shooting Bryant, who was armed with a knife and was in the middle of an argument with two women. Reardon responded to an emergency call about a stab attempt.

The video shows Reardon saying “Get down” several times before filming Bryant. Four recordings can be heard on the video. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus police did not say whether any further shots were fired.

Bryant died in a nearby hospital about 30 minutes later, at 5:21 p.m. ET.

Bryant’s aunt Hazel Bryant told reporters (according to NBCNews.com) that her niece was defending herself against “adult, adult women.”