We get it…
Our society is tired of seeing people shot by our law enforcement officers.
I know I’m tired of seeing it…
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand that sometimes – deadly force is the ONLY option in the heat of the moment.
This is something Columbus police officer, Nicholas Reardon, had to find out personally – as after being called to a domestic dispute – Officer Reardon was presented with a situation in which he had to act with split second timing.
He watched as a female assailant attacked another female with a knife and he had almost ZERO time to make the decision of letting this woman stab the intended victim…
Or act by pulling his firearm and stopping the assailant from taking another life.
He didn’t have time to identify who called him, who was at fault or what the problem was…
He didn’t have time to identify that the assailant was a 16-year-old foster child – he only had time to act in order to save a life.
He acted to the best of his ability and to the letter of the law…
And it’s become widely accepted that what Officer Reardon did was justified.
A False Narrative Is More Dangerous Than The Truth
However, before all the information could be learned and we only went on the bare bones of the story – people only heard one thing:
White cop shoots black teen.
That was the narrative…
And that was the narrative that basketball star Lebron James went with when he made an infamous tweet with the Officer Reardon’s picture and the words “YOU’RE NEXT”.
Of course, after the tweet – the body cam footage and other security footage was released and showed that Ma’Khia Bryant had murderous intent and seemed ready to take a life.
Well, this made Bryant, and anybody else that prematurely made any judgement calls on this story look incredibly stupid – as the facts of the event are clearly in Officer Reardon’s favor.
So, Lebron was forced to make another statement after he removed the first tweet, saying, “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”
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
Lebron is acting like a complete hypocrite because where is HIS accountability?
Well, it looks like he’s trying to find some – but keeps falling short – as he was once again forced to walk back his comments over the tragic event…
Though he once again fell short of apologizing to Officer Reardon – who’s actions more than likely saved a life.
Lebron said, “I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it. Thank you @fabiolacineas
for educating us about Ma’Khia and her story and why this needs to be about her.”
And linked to a Vox story about the case.
I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it. Thank you @fabiolacineas for educating us about Ma’Khia and her story and why this needs to be about her. https://t.co/Owh1vDJWXi #sayhername #Blacklivesmatter
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 3, 2021
Now, the piece itself is terrible – as it makes a bunch of assumptions and doesn’t address the fact that Bryant was in the wrong for trying to stab another human…
But the fact that he understands he made a mistake is a step in the right direction.
However, a champion, a TRUE champion, and leader knows when they were wrong and will own up to it…
Owning up to it would be for Lebron to apologize to Officer Reardon and in fact, thank him for acting quickly and decisively in order to save a Black life.
Yes, it’s tragic that the cost had to be so high…
But that’s what happens when you choose to try and take the law into your own hands.
Hopefully, Lebron will see the light…
From all accounts, he’s a good human being and I would hate for this to be what defines him – but that choice is his to make.
Let’s hope he makes the right call…
”Once you become a professional athlete or once you do anything well, then you’re automatically a role model …I have no problem being a role model. I love it. I have kids looking up to me and hopefully I inspire these kids to do good things.” – LeBron James