Meghan McCain, co-host on “The View,” blasted NBA superstar LeBron James on Thursday after he shared a photo of the Columbus, Ohio, police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
On Wednesday night, James tweeted the photo and captioned it, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” He later removed it after tremendous backlash.
What are the details?
On Thursday morning, McCain blasted James for tweeting the officer’s identity and warned that he was putting the officer’s life in danger with his rhetoric.
James himself on Wednesday night said that he removed the photo because the tweet was “being used to create more hate.”
At the time, he wrote, “I’m so damn tired of seeing black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its [sic] 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.”
During the segment, McCain addressed the violence that led up to the officer’s shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.
Co-host Sunny Hostin said that the officer could have attempted to de-escalate the situation before firing on the 16-year-old.
“It goes from zero to execution very quickly with black and brown people,” Hostin said.
McCain responded, “I don’t know enough about police protocol, but I know that had she been able to successfully stab the girl, she possibly could have hit an artery, she possibly could have killed the girl herself.”
“This is hard for me to talk about because … the way I was raised is to respect authority, is to respect police officers, to respect law enforcement,” she added. “No one without two brain cells in their head can’t understand that police tend to treat African Americans and people of color a different way than they do white people. It’s just a fact.”
McCain added, “But when you have people like LeBron James posting pictures of this police officer before this has been adjudicated and litigated, you’re also putting that police officer’s life in danger, and I would like killing to stop in this country and violence to stop.”
“She was about to stab another girl, and the police officer did what he thought he had to do,” she concluded.
BODYCAM FOOTAGE OF MA’KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING RELEASED: Another police-related death was caught on bodycam in Columbus… https://t.co/lpIf8ceVtg
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