CNN host Don Lemon made a shocking statement Wednesday night on air where he and CNN host Chris Cuomo had a discussion concerning the tragic shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant this week who was killed by a police officer.
“Don Lemon pushes back on criticism of officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant.”
“Their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene. If they see someone who is in the process of taking a life…what decision do they have to make?”— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 22, 2021
Don Lemon pushes back on criticism of officer who shot Ma’Khia Bryant
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Following the shooting of Bryant, prominent NBA player Lebron James took to Twitter to advocate for “justice” as we previously reported, “A picture has been circulating on Twitter that purports to show the officer that the shot the girl, and thereby potentially saved the others.
NBA superstar LeBron James, who has been outspoken on social justice in recent years, tweeted out that picture and said in the tweet, “You’re next.” He also shared an hourglass emoji and said “#ACCOUNTIBILITY.”
The reactions to James’ tweet were mixed, however the most popular appeared to show a still of the bodycam footage showing the shooting “victim” holding the knife, ready to attack.”
However, Lebron James since deleted the tweet after pushback from those on the same side as James in the political sphere. James explained on Twitter, “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
Contrary to Lebron, both CNN hosts agreed that the position of the police officer was hard and although they felt horrible for Bryant, they understood the position that the officer was in when he shot her as the girl had a knife in her hand.
Lemon said, “People are anguished watching another video like this. And I get it. But even in our anguish, we cannot abandon the responsibility we have to be fair. And even while our hearts are hurting, we have to judge each incident based on what we see and the facts we know,”.
He went on to make some surprising statements, “If we’re going to discuss this case, we need to be honest and use our common sense. We cannot have a double standard. We have to acknowledge that police have jobs to do.”
Lemon took to the defense of the police officer who shot Bryant on a rare occasion saying, “Their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene. If they see someone who is in the process of taking a life…what decision do they have to make?”
This is a sharp change of tone from Lemon as even he is suggesting the police officer made the right decision in a tragic situation.
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