LeBron James Receives Scolding From LAPD Officer In Open Letter
The most popular NBA star has used his platform to get across his belief in having social justice and also helping communities. Sometimes his thoughts create controversy due to him being such a huge celebrity.
The championship basketball player recently created a stir when he voiced his opinion that the officer in the Mahkia Bryant shooting should be next to have a trial similar to Derek Chauvin who was convicted for the murder of George Floyd.
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -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
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department has gone viral after sharing an open letter towards the behavior of LeBron in his view. Deon Joseph began his letter by saying he wasn’t coming “from a place of hatred” and complimented the sports icon for his charitable work, but then went on a tirade on LeBron James.
“Instead of apologizing, you deflected,” wrote Joseph. “You said you took your tweet down because you did not want it to be used for hate, when the tweet itself was the embodiment of hatred, rooted in a lack of understanding of the danger of the situation.” Joseph added that he hoped to sit down with James to explain to him “the reality of the profession of policing.”
The officer continued saying, “You are tired of Black folks dying? So am I. You hate racism and police brutality? So do I. But you cannot paint 800,000 men and women who are of all races, faiths, sexual orientations and are also mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, preachers, coaches, community members and just human with such a broad and destructive brush.” Some critics of Joseph took to social media to point out the overwhelming amount of accusations of police brutality, profiling, and corruption within the LAPD, but he has yet to respond to their questions.
Read the full letter below.