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Crime LeBron James deleted a tweet about Ma'Khia Bryant's killing but repeats call for accountability

19:05  22 april  2021
19:05  22 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Police release video of fatal shooting of teenage girl in Ohio

  Police release video of fatal shooting of teenage girl in Ohio Police didn't identify her but her family and Franklin County Children services identified her as 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant.Police in Columbus, Ohio, released bodycam video Tuesday night of the fatal shooting of a teenage girl earlier in the day. Interim police chief Michael Woods said at a press conference that it is unusual to have video released so quickly but "we understand the public's need, desire and expectation to have transparency.

LeBron James holding a basketball © Michael Owens/Getty Images LeBron James

LeBron James tweeted, then deleted, a post about the killing of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant at the hands of Columbus police.

The Ohio teen was killed Tuesday, about 30 minutes before the verdict was delivered in the killing of George Floyd.

On Wednesday, James, an Ohio native, tweeted a photo of a Columbus police officer who was on the scene of Ma'Khia's shooting with the caption, "You're next. #accountability." CNN has not confirmed whether the officer pictured in the deleted tweet was the officer who fired shots at Ma'Khia.

The NBA titan later deleted the tweet, saying it was being used "to create more hate."

‘She Had a Knife’: Body Cam Footage Shows Police Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio

  ‘She Had a Knife’: Body Cam Footage Shows Police Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio A police officer in South Columbus, Ohio shot and killed a Black teenage girl who had allegedly been threatening people and appeared to be holding a knife. The shooting took place just minutes before a Minnesota jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday. Family members identified the deceased as 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. The post ‘She Had a Knife’: Body Cam Footage Shows Police Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio first appeared on Law & Crime.

"This isn't about one officer," he tweeted Wednesday. "It's about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY"

While he tweeted that "gathering all the facts and education" do more good than anger, he said his "anger is still here for what happened (to) that lil girl."

CNN has reached out to James for comment.

Police bodycam footage from Tuesday showed Ma'Khia holding a knife in her right hand and lunging at a girl, who fell to the ground. An officer opened fire when Ma'Khia appeared to attempt to lunge at a second person, firing four shots at Ma'Khia.

The 16-year-old then slumped to the ground with the knife by her side while officers summoned a medic.

The fatal shooting devastated and outraged many demonstrators who've protested police killings of Black Americans and other people of color, particularly because, according to bodycam footage, the officers who responded didn't appear to de-escalate the situation and fired on Ma'Khia, a teenager, while she was holding a knife.

Columbus police release bodycam footage, identify officer in fatal shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant: What we know

  Columbus police release bodycam footage, identify officer in fatal shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant: What we know Columbus police shot and killed a teen girl about 20 minutes before a guilty verdict was announced in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.The teen was shot 20 minutes before a guilty verdict was announced against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the death of George Floyd last May in a case that galvanized national attention on racial inequities and police brutality.

"People, including LeBron James or including others ... I know many people feel as though they did not witness police work," said Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be an Antiracist" and director of Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research, in a Thursday appearance on CNN's New Day. "They witnessed someone being killed and even potentially murdered."

Ma'Khia's death is the second high-profile killing of a teenager by police in the last month. At the end of March, Chicago police fatally shot Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy. Police said less than a second passed between the moment Toledo was seen holding what police claim was a handgun and the moment an officer shot him.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown Columbus, Ohio, in response to the police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant on Tuesday. © Stephen Zenner/Getty Images Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown Columbus, Ohio, in response to the police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant on Tuesday.

The media's reprehensible Ma'Khia Bryant coverage puts police in further danger .
The steady drumbeat of media coverage constantly rushing to judgment and motive while portraying police as heavy-handed and racist before the facts come in appears to be having a profound effect on public perception. The most recent Gallup poll on police confidence shows the number at its lowest in the 30 years since it began tracking the issue, with less than half of respondents (48 percent) saying they had confidence in the police.For context, in 2017 that number was 11 points higher, or 57 percent. And that was post Ferguson and post-Baltimore.

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