Report – 101 Officers Shot in Line of Duty This Year: ‘A Real Crisis’

Report – 101 Officers Shot in Line of Duty This Year: ‘A Real Crisis’

The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) reported that 101 officers had been shot in the line of duty as of Friday so far this year, and its president said it was unlike anything he had ever witnessed.

It is a 43 percent increase compared to the number of officers who were shot at the same time last year and a 63 percent rise compared to the year before, Fox News reported Saturday.

According to the FOP’s monthly update, of the officers shot, 17 were killed by gunfire.

“We are in the midst of a real crisis. The violence directed at law enforcement officers is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes stated.

“Last year was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement, with more officers shot in the line of duty since the National Fraternal Order of Police began recording this data,” he added.

In a social media post on Friday, the FOP called the data “horrific,” adding it was an “absolute stain on our society.”

“When the vast majority of media elites decide that this issue isn’t worth covering, it speaks volumes as to where our society is heading,” the organization continued:

States with the most officers killed this year were Arizona, Texas, New York, Georgia, and Washington, according to the Fox article.

In February, 13 officers located in different areas of the country were shot during a 24-hour time period, Breitbart News reported.

Meanwhile, Rev. Franklin Graham criticized radical attorneys general and prosecutors following attacks and killings of officers across the nation, the outlet reported in January.

Graham wrote in a social media post that “prosecutors and attorneys general are allowing hardened criminals to commit crimes and walk back out onto the streets, sometimes within hours.”

“It isn’t hard to figure out that this puts the police and the public at great risk. These prosecutors and attorneys general need to be held accountable for what they are doing to our communities and how it is affecting people’s lives,” he said.

“God holds all of us accountable, down to every word that we speak—and He demands truth because He is truth,” he concluded.

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Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Never Interviewed By Investigators, Now Back In Charge Of House Security

Cop Who Killed Ashli Babbitt Never Interviewed By Investigators, Now Back In Charge Of House Security

When U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd went on “NBC Nightly News” to tell his side of shooting and killing unarmed Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, he made a point to note he’d been investigated by several agencies and exonerated for his actions that day.

“There’s an investigative process [and] I was cleared by the DOJ [Department of Justice], and FBI and [the D.C.] Metropolitan Police,” he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in August, adding that the Capitol Police also cleared him of wrongdoing and decided not to discipline or demote him for the shooting.

Byrd then answered a series of questions by Holt about the shooting, but what he told the friendly journalist he likely never told investigators. That’s because he refused to answer their questions, according to several sources and documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations.

In fact, investigators cleared Byrd of wrongdoing in the shooting without actually interviewing him about the shooting or threatening him with punishment if he did not cooperate with their criminal investigation.

“He didn’t provide any statement to [criminal] investigators and they didn’t push him to make a statement,” Babbitt family attorney Terry Roberts said in an RCI interview. “It’s astonishing how skimpy his investigative file is.”

Roberts, who has spoken with the D.C. MPD detective assigned to the case, said the kid-glove treatment of Byrd raises suspicions the investigation was a “whitewash.” The lawyer’s account appears to be backed up by a January 2021 internal affairs report, which notes Byrd “declined to provide a statement,” D.C. MPD documents show.

Asked about it, a D.C. MPD spokeswoman confirmed that Byrd did not cooperate with internal affairs agents or FBI agents, who jointly investigated what was one of the most high-profile officer-involved shooting cases in U.S. history.

“MPD did not formally interview Lt. Byrd,” deputy D.C. MPD communications director Kristen Metzger said. And, “He didn’t give a statement while under the U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation.”

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Lt. Michael Byrd: Pistol drawn in the House chamber just before the Babbitt shooting.

After Byrd declined to cooperate with D.C MPD Internal Affairs Division’s investigation, which was led by Det. John Hendrick, his case eventually was turned over to the USCP for a final administrative review of whether his actions conformed with department policies and training.

Still, USCP concluded in August that “the officer’s conduct was lawful and within department policy.” The agency launched its administrative investigation after the criminal investigation was closed.

In April, within four months of the shooting, Byrd was cleared of criminal wrongdoing by the Justice Department, which declined to impanel a grand jury to hear evidence in a departure from other lethal police-shooting cases involving unarmed citizens.

Justice ruled there “was not enough evidence” to conclude Byrd violated Babbitt’s civil rights or willfully acted recklessly in shooting her. Byrd remains the commander in charge of security for the House of Representatives.

Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department would comment on whether they pressed Byrd after he insisted on remaining silent. The D.C. police force, which shares some jurisdiction with the Capitol Police, takes the lead in internal affairs probes like this one.

Roberts questioned how investigators could find that Byrd acted in self-defense and properly followed his training procedures, including issuing warnings before shooting Babbitt, since he refused to talk about it while the investigation was open – and his statements, unlike those made to NBC, would have been taken under penalty of perjury. “How would they know if they never interviewed him?” he said, adding that it’s not enough to say an officer did nothing wrong without showing how it reached such a finding.

By avoiding an interrogation, he said Byrd avoided saying anything that could have been used to incriminate him, including making false statements to federal agents, which would be a felony. Remarkably, he did not formally invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, according to people familiar with his case, which makes the reluctance of authorities to lean on him or sanction him for not cooperating all the more puzzling.

By law, federal agencies can use leverage short of termination, such as an unwelcome duty reassignment, to persuade employees to cooperate with investigators. Byrd was put on paid administrative leave during the investigative process.

Byrd waited to speak publicly until after his statements could no longer be used against him in a criminal probe. The heavily promoted NBC “exclusive” told only his account of what happened with no opposing viewpoints. “I believe I showed the utmost courage on Jan. 6,” Byrd said.

In defending his actions, Byrd told Holt things he evidently wouldn’t tell investigators, including his claim that he shot as “a last resort” and only after warning Babbitt to stop.

However, documents uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal that eyewitnesses — including three police officers at the scene — told investigators they did not hear Byrd give Babbitt any verbal warnings prior to firing, contradicting what Byrd told NBC.

The Babbitt family has maintained that the rushed investigation amounted to a “coverup” of misconduct by the officer. It says the federal probe was conducted under political pressure, arguing that Byrd was not put through the normal rigors of a police shooting investigation to avoid making a martyr of Babbitt, an avid Donald Trump supporter. An Air Force veteran from California, Babbitt died while wearing a Trump flag as a cape. The former president has demanded the Justice Department reinvestigate her death.

Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas, a former sheriff, argued Babbitt’s shooting should have been presented to a federal grand jury. “This case was mishandled from the very beginning,” the Republican lawmaker told the U.S. attorney who led the probe for the Justice Department in a recent letter. In a separate letter to the Capitol Police chief, Nehls wrote: “Many officers in the USCP I have spoken to believe the investigations of Lt. Boyd were dropped because of his position and other political considerations.”

Use-of-Force Experts Skeptical

Some use-of-force experts are skeptical Byrd did the right thing, even after watching his largely sympathetic NBC interview.

“The limited public information that exists raises serious questions about the propriety of Byrd’s decision to shoot, especially with regard to the assessment that Babbitt was an imminent threat,” said police consultants and criminologists Geoffrey Alpert, Jeff Noble, and Seth Stoughton in a recent Lawfare article.

“We have serious reservations about the propriety of the shooting,” they wrote.

They said they doubted Byrd’s claims that he reasonably believed Babbitt “was posing a threat” and had the ability and intention to kill or seriously injure Byrd or other officers or lawmakers and therefore had to be stopped with lethal force. They noted that he admitted to Holt that he never saw Babbitt, who stood 5-foot-2 and weighed 110 pounds, brandish a weapon.

Babbitt was shot by Byrd a year ago when she and other pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol amid efforts to stop Congress from certifying the state results of the 2020 election of Joe Biden. They sought to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject electors from Arizona and other states, where narrow results were challenged by Trump and his lawyers over allegations of voter fraud and other election irregularities.

Roberts and the Babbitt family are preparing to sue Byrd and the Capitol Police in a wrongful-death claim seeking at least $10 million in damages. Asked why his client chose not to go on the record and cooperate with investigators, Byrd’s attorney, Mark Schamel, declined comment. In an earlier interview, Schamel maintained the shooting was justified and that there is no basis for a civil case against his client.

The federal investigation of the lethal shooting was marked by secrecy and other irregularities. Unlike other officers involved in fatal shootings of unarmed civilians, Byrd was long shielded from public scrutiny after shooting Babbitt as she tried to climb through a broken window of a barricaded door at the Capitol.

For eight months D.C. police officials withheld Byrd’s identity, first revealed by RealClearInvestigations, and they have not released a formal review of the shooting, nor the 28-year veteran’s disciplinary records. Nor did the Capitol Police hold a briefing on Babbitt’s death. Records uncovered by Judicial Watch reveal authorities ordered her body cremated two days after the shooting, without her husband’s permission.

Meanwhile, the feds have thrown the book at suspected Jan. 6 rioters — publicly identifying them on a Justice Department website — and are still engaged in a national manhunt for suspects. More than 725 defendants have been charged mostly for relatively minor offenses ranging from trespassing to disorderly conduct.

So far, the select House committee set up to investigate the Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol has not explored the most lethal violence that occurred that day. Byrd was responsible for the only shot fired during the riot — all other armed officers showed restraint, including 140 who were injured confronting rioters — and Babbitt was the only person directly killed on that day. Like the other rioters, she carried no firearm; no guns were recovered from the Capitol.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has pledged to “investigate fully the facts and circumstances of these events.” Asked if the police shooting is on the agenda for public hearings planned for this winter, or whether it will be addressed in a final report scheduled for release before November’s congressional elections, a committee spokesman declined comment. Trump and GOP leaders have accused the panel, which is composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans, of trying to damage pro-Trump Republicans ahead of the midterms by claiming they helped orchestrate an “insurrection” and continue to pose “a threat to democracy.”

‘Point-Blank Range’

Unlike in a criminal investigation, there is no right to remain silent in a civil case. Wrongful-death litigation claiming negligence may hinge on whether Byrd warned Babbitt before opening fire on her.

Roberts said Babbitt, a former military police officer who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, would have complied with commands to stop and peacefully surrendered had Byrd or other Capitol officers attempted to arrest her. But he said additional eyewitnesses he’s interviewed say Byrd never gave her such verbal commands.

He said Babbitt wasn’t even aware that the officer was nearby because he was positioned in a doorway of a room off to the side of the Speaker’s Lobby doors. Byrd, whose mouth was covered with a surgical mask, took aim outside her field of vision and fired as her head emerged through the window. Roberts compared her shooting to an “execution.”

“Killing her by shooting her at point-blank range was completely unnecessary,” he said. “This alone renders the shooting legally unjustified.”

Roberts pointed out that Byrd had mishandled his firearm in the past. He was the subject of a previous internal investigation for leaving his loaded service pistol in a Capitol restroom. It’s not clear if he was disciplined.

At the time, the lieutenant reportedly told officers he would not be punished due to his high rank, which he kept despite the incident. But in the NBC interview, he said he was “penalized” for the 2019 misstep, without elaborating. A USCP spokeswoman declined to respond to repeated requests for information about any discipline administered for his misconduct.

Byrd could not be reached for comment, but in the NBC interview he denied receiving special treatment. “Of course not,” he said. “No way.”

Before filing a lawsuit naming a federal agency, Roberts has to send a formal complaint for a claim for “damage, injury or death” — known as a federal form SF-95 — to USCP and wait for a response. He sent the notice in May and is still waiting for the Capitol Police to reply.

“We have received the SF-95 from Ms. Babbitt’s family attorney,” USCP General Counsel Tad DiBiase confirmed to RCI in an email. He declined to say how the department plans to respond: “I cannot comment on that.”

In the meantime, Roberts said he is interviewing witnesses and also building a case from documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.

“I am still reviewing records obtained in FOIA action and there are more coming,” he said. “I am in no rush.”

This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations on Jan. 11, 2022 and is republished here with permission.


Investigative journalist Paul Sperry is a regular contributor to RealClearInvestigations and has written news or op-ed pieces for the New York Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His books include ‘The Great American Bank Robbery’ (2011), and ‘Crude Politics: How Bush’s Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism’ (2003).

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Federal Judge Releases Man Charged With Aiding Chicago Cop Killers

Federal Judge Releases Man Charged With Aiding Chicago Cop Killers

A federal judge released the man who allegedly supplied the gun used by two brothers to shoot and kill Chicago Police Officer Ella French during a traffic stop after he posted a $4,500 bond.

Despite being accused of making a “straw purchase” for a firearm, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert ordered Jamel Danzy, 29, to be released last week on Wednesday after he met his bond payment. Danzy does not have a criminal record but was charged with conspiracy to violate federal firearm laws by purchasing a gun in a different state for someone who could not get their own due to a felony conviction.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown quickly condemned the decision and noted that he believed the judge made the wrong decision.

“To say that I am extremely disappointed in U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffery Gilbert’s decision to release Jamel Danzy on an unsecured bond today is an understatement,” Brown said. “It is an outrage.”

Brown said Gilbert’s decision says “that straw purchasers like Danzy are not a danger to society, despite the fact that his alleged actions directly led to the murder of a Chicago police officer and left another in critical condition.”

Brown criticized Gilbert for doing a “disservice to Officer French’s memory, to the entire Chicago Police Department, and to the thousands of men and women across the country who work around the clock, day in and day out to stem the violence that is plaguing our communities.”

Gilbert is a Northwestern University School of Law graduate and adjunct professor who began his career in the 1980s by clerking for another district judge in Illinois. After two years of that, he started practicing law at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. which eventually merged with international law firm Reed Smith LLP in 2007. A few years later, Gilbert was sworn in as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2010.

For the last 11 years, Gilbert has reviewed and ruled on cases involving cops and criminals who have tried to hurt them. Earlier this year, Gilbert ordered a man who shot at a police officer during a carjacking to stay in federal custody. The judge, however, appeared to have no problems releasing Danzy who he ordered to avoid contact with Eric Morgan, one of the brothers involved in the killing and a man who he allegedly was in a relationship with for more than three years, despite his role in allegedly providing the gun and the car used during the incident.

“No contact with this person, Mr. Danzy, direct or indirect,” Gilbert said. “(Not) by person, by telephone, by letter, by email, by social media, by hand signals, by smoke signals, by carrier pigeon, no contact at all with that person under these conditions.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames ‘Guns’ After Chicago Officer’s Death

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames ‘Guns’ After Chicago Officer’s Death

Hours after Chicago police officer Ella French was killed during a traffic stop, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) blamed “guns,” describing them as “a common enemy.”

Breitbart News reports that French was working a traffic stop Saturday night just after 9 p.m. when at least one suspect opened fire on her and the male officer who was her partner. The gunfire proved fatal for French and left the male officer in critical condition.

There were three suspects in the car from which the gunfire came: two males and a female. CNN notes that all three suspects are in custody.

Mayor Lightfoot reacted to the attack on the officer by tweeting:

She then followed the first tweet with one in which she zeroed in on guns, writing, “Some say we don’t do enough for the police. Others say we do too much. All of this must stop. We have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring.”

Chicago, like all of Illinois, has a red flag law, a 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases, and a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card requirement for would-be gun buyers. The process for getting a FOID card includes a background check. And Cook County, Illinois, the county in which Chicago is located, has an “assault weapon” ban.

Moreover, on August 3, 2021, Breitbart News observed that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed universal background checks legislation, thereby criminalizing private gun sales that are conducted without first undergoing an FBI background check.

The universal background check gun control takes effect in 2024.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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Portland Police Try To Fend Off Angry Mob By Disclosing The Man They Shot Is White

The Portland Police Bureau tried to fend off an angry mob of rioters on Thursday by disclosing that a man shot in an officer confrontation was white.

“There is erroneous information being circulated on social media regarding in the officer involved shooting in the Lloyd district. We can confirm that the subject involved is an adult white male. No one else was injured,” Portland Police tweeted on Thursday night.

Chief of Police Chuck Lovell said that “preliminary information suggests officer encountered a very difficult and dynamic situation that no officer wants to face,” but that did not stop a crowd of protestors from forming at the scene shortly after the man who was shot was taken to the hospital.

As the night went on, reports suggest that the crowd went from protesting to rioting.

“Police said people in the crowd threw objects and that someone grabbed an officer’s baton. Another officer intervened and was sprayed with a chemical,” a local news outlet reported.

The unrest sparked a response from the city’s police department which has struggled to manage riots over the last year and recently experienced a mass exodus of officers over a fellow officer’s indictment and “dangerous” mob situations.

An Oregon newspaper used the same attention-shifting tactic in April when it included the race of a white man who was fatally shot by police in its coverage. The Oregonian later clarified that they included the man’s race because it was important “in light of social unrest prompted by police shootings of Black people.”

“Recent shootings include Daunte Wright, who was killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb earlier this week, and two killings in Clark County in recent months,” the publication explained, nodding to the fact that those fatal shootings sparked rioting, looting, and other destruction.

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Police Being TARGETED for Taking Another Drug Dealer Criminal Off The Streets

Police Being TARGETED for Taking Another Drug Dealer Criminal Off The Streets

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The FBI launched a civil rights probe Tuesday into the death of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by police officers in North Carolina, as his family released an independent autopsy showing he was shot five times, including in the back of the head.

Police shoot another career criminal drug dealer in North Carolina

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for a special prosecutor while pressure built on authorities to release body camera footage of last week’s shooting. A judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday to consider formal requests to make the video public.

The FBI’s Charlotte field office, which opened the civil rights investigation into Brown’s death, said in a statement that its agents planned to work closely with the Department of Justice “to determine whether federal laws were violated.”

The independent autopsy was performed Sunday by a pathologist hired by Brown’s family. The exam noted four wounds to the right arm and one to the head. The state’s autopsy has not been released yet.

The family’s lawyers also released a copy of the death certificate, which lists the cause of death as a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head.” The certificate, signed by a paramedic services instructor who serves as a local medical examiner, describes the death as a homicide.

Brown was shot last Wednesday by police serving drug-related search and arrest warrants at his house in the North Carolina town of Elizabeth City, about 160 miles northeast of Raleigh.

BLM demand cops leave drug dealers and gang members alone

The autopsy results come a day after Brown’s relatives were shown a 20-second clip of footage from one deputy’s body camera. One of the Brown family lawyers, Chantel Cherry-Lassiter, who viewed the video, said Monday that officers opened fire on Brown while he had his hands on the steering wheel of a car. She said the video showed Brown trying to drive away but posing no threat to officers.

Brown’s son Khalil Ferebee questioned why police opened fire.

“Yesterday I said he was executed. This autopsy report shows me that was correct,” he said Tuesday at a news conference. “It’s obvious he was trying to get away. It’s obvious. And they’re going to shoot him in the back of the head?”

The pathologist, North Carolina-based Dr. Brent Hall, noted a wound to the back of Brown’s head from an undetermined distance that penetrated his skull and brain. He said there was no exit wound. Two shots to Brown’s right arm penetrated the skin. Two other shots to the arm grazed him.

The shooting prompted days of protests and calls for justice and transparency. Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II has said multiple deputies fired shots but released few other details. Seven Pasquotank County deputies have been placed on leave.

Local clergy members who called a news conference outside of an Elizabeth City church welcomed the FBI’s announcement.

“Amen. Because the people here are inept, incapable and incompetent,” said the Rev. William Barber II, who leads the Poor People’s Campaign, referring to local authorities.

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Mollie Hemingway: Corporate Media Consistently Use Propaganda To Push Racial Politics

Mollie Hemingway: Corporate Media Consistently Use Propaganda To Push Racial Politics

Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway said corporate media regularly employs propaganda to create racial division and push political narratives.

“So much of the privilege that media figures have had has been built on this idea that they take and synthesize information and they provide context and help provide a shared set of facts for the American people,” Hemingway said on Fox News Primetime on Thursday. “That’s not what they’re doing anymore. They have moved into straight-up propaganda.”

The media’s treatment of recent police-involved shootings, she continued, expose their true motives.

“In this case, it does seem that they are desiring to foment racial division because that aligns with the political goals of their favorite party on the left, but they do it in so many ways,” Hemingway explained. “I think people need to stop being surprised when they see it happening because it happens with everything, whether it’s the Russia collusion hoax or the Kavanaugh hoax or the Covington hoax or deceptively editing Gov. Ron DeSantis’s answer on vaccine distribution. It’s just what they do as a matter of course. And this week we’ve seen it, but they will even do it when it’s something as fraught as racial division.”

Attempts to misconstrue or mischaracterize how a 16-year-old girl who charged someone else with a knife was fatally shot, Hemingway said, are made in bad faith.

“There’s no comparison between a backyard tussle or getting down with someone at the schoolyard and an attempted murder,” Hemingway said. “Everyone should be able to look at this situation and have thoughtful commentary about how awful it is that there even is a situation where this one girl is attacking another girl, where there are adults involved, where a police officer has to make that kind of decision. But to just make up ridiculous things like acting like it’s normal for two teenagers to try to kill each other, that’s not normal, and if it is normal there’s something wrong with that.”

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Openly Race Baiting Communist Simp LeBran James Caught Threatening Police on Social Media

Openly Race Baiting Communist Simp LeBran James Caught Threatening Police on Social Media

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Former President Donald Trump slammed NBA star LeBron James on Thursday for an inflammatory tweet about the Ohio cop who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.

LeBran James only cares about Blacks who are killed by police

Trump has been banned from nearly all social media platforms as the Democrats desperately try to extinguish the MAGA movement. Still, the 45th president has been releasing statements from his new office at his Palm Beach County resort Mar-a-Lago.

“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA,” Trump said in a statement.

His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning,” the statement said. “He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”

President Trump speaks out against Democrat’s divisive rhetoric

Akron-born James, 36, drew Trump’s attention after he tweeted a picture of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon along with the ominous-sounding caption, “YOU’RE NEXT.”

The Los Angeles Lakers star deleted the tweet amid backlash, saying he took the post down because it was “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,” he said, adding he was “so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police.”

“I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY,” he wrote.

His gripe followed an earlier message making clear that despite deleting the incendiary tweet, his “anger still is here for what happened that lil girl,” referring to Bryant, who was shot dead while lunging at another girl with a knife.

“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though!” he wrote.

“My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!” he wrote.

Reardon was identified Wednesday as the officer who shot Bryant. She later died at a local hospital.

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