In a now-deleted tweet, NBA activists LeBron James identified the police officer involved in a recent Columbia, Ohio shooting with the caption ‘YOU’RE NEXT.’ The tweet serves as a way to threaten the officer, implying his fate will be similar to the now-imprisoned Derek Chauvin.
The officer has been identified as Nicholas Rearden.
YOU’RE NEXT ⏳ #ACCOUNTABILITY pic.twitter.com/NnBfz9zdWq
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
Total outrage to the basketball activist’s tweet quickly ensued:
Narrative Commitments + Retribution > Facts + Effectual Reforms
— Kmele (@kmele) April 21, 2021
LeBron James is now sharing a picture of the Columbus police officer who shot the woman wielding a knife and attacking another woman.
With zero regard for facts, he’s solely focused on dividing the country. Total scumbag. https://t.co/Ymxk3xeEJs
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 21, 2021
LeBron would have tweeted this same thing if the cop had just sat there while a girl was stabbed https://t.co/W6alv5zT2T
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) April 21, 2021
Officer Rearden was involved in the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager seen on video wielding a knife with intent to harm. The incident occurred just minutes within the verdict of Derek Chauvin, who was charged and convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The Ma’Khia incident sparked mass outrage from BLM activists despite body cam footage or other emerging evidence.
Officials with the Columbus Division of Police released footage of the shooting Tuesday night just hours after it happened, a departure from protocol as the force faces immense scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO – Body-camera footage shows the moment when an Ohio police officer fatally shoots Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenage girl, in a confrontation https://t.co/T1AJ0WHIka pic.twitter.com/5lMIKAp6kU
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 21, 2021
LeBron James is one of the more outspoken NBA players on social justice issues. The NBA has not said whether James will be disciplined for the tweet.
Author: Asa McCue