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Officers Turn to the Trusted Source in Policing: LeBron James


Police officers are going viral on social media for ridiculing the new trusted source in policing: LeBron James. 

The basketball star turned police policy expert is facing serious backlash after he tweeted and deleted a picture of the police officer involved in the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting. 

What’s worse, the caption read “you’re next.” 

In one satirical video, an officer pretends to call James’ house asking for advice on a police report. 

“Good morning, this is the sheriff’s office, can I talk to LeBron? Sheriff’s office. This is Lebron James’ house, right? Yeah, I’m just doing some paperwork and I know he’s an expert on policing so I just wanted to get his input on it. No, it’s not a high profile case it’s just a basic report. Oh, he won’t say anything because there’s no media coverage? No, there weren’t any injuries, no killings, no nothing, it’s just a regular report. Oh, he has nothing to say? He can’t help me? My bad, I thought he was an expert on policing. Yeah, thanks a lot, bye.” 

In another video, an officer plays on asking LeBron James what to do during a weapon-involved incident. 

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“Dispatch, I’ve arrived at the disturbance, will you have LeBron call my cell phone right away please? Thank you. Excuse me sir, excuse me, can you put the knife down please, sir? No, sir, don’t stab him. Hold on, hold on, it’s LeBron. LeBron, hey, yeah it’s me again. Listen, I’m out here at this disturbance call and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do? Why does that matter? Okay, well, they’re both black. One guy is trying to stab another guy with a knife. Deadly force is completely justified. Uh huh, I see. So you don’t care if a black person kills another black person, but you do care if a white cop kills a black person, even if he’s doing it to save the life of another black person? I mean, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again, you are really good at basketball so I guess I’ll take your word for it. Alright, okay, thanks LeBron…Sorry guys, you’re on your own. Good luck!” 

While these videos provide comedic relief to a not-so-funny situation, the point of the matter is this: LeBron James should stick to his job – basketball – and let police do theirs.