“This challenge is for Lebron James. I want you to mix that match and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know that you care about law enforcement. You made a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and about the impact on officer-influenced shootings and the African-American community. And I appreciated it. But just like that, we need it. To appreciate that respect for life goes to businesses across races, creeds, and I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate. ”
James, who has been vocal about the police firing involving black people, did not publicly respond to the sheriff’s challenge. last month,An officer said after shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that black people in America are “terrified”.
“I know people are tired of hearing me say this but we in America are scared as black people,” he said. “Black men, black women, black children, we get nervous.”
James also repeatedly pleaded for justice for Bryo Taylor after the 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed when officers entered her apartment in March with a no-knock warrant.
Villanueva’s challenge came after James.While his man was in a parked police vehicle, a man approached the passenger and fired several rounds. Villanueva said there were head injuries and serious injuries, but both are expected to recover. The gunman has not been captured and a motive has not been determined.
The shooting took place in Compton, a community near South Los Angeles, an area with a large black population that has long been a flashpoint for racial tension and mistrust of police. Hundreds of people marched at the South LA station of the Sheriff Department on Saturday, in protest against the fatal shooting of a black man on August 31 and a black teenager in 2018.
Both were killed by deputation from the station, which is about 6 miles from where deputies were targeted on Saturday. After that shooting, a handful of protesters gathered outside the hospital, where deputies were treated and tried to block the entrance to the emergency room. The video of the incident recorded protesters shouting opposition at the police and at least one shout “I hope they … die.”
In an interview with AP, Villanueva said that the resentment is making the rhetoric work more difficult.
“They are doing their job out there and as of now we are fanning the flames of people and just don’t bend the volume when it’s not needed. We need to turn it down,” Villanueva said. “Especially our elected officials and civic leaders and sports figures, they need to emphasize confidence in the system, due process.”
Villanueva did not specify any specific individuals, but many politicians and athletes harshly criticized the police and made a call to save the departments in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis when a white officer killed him. Stabbed on the neck, and shooting Blake at Kenosha.
The NBA playoffs were delayed last month when James and other stars did not support the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision after shooting Blake. Japan’s US Open winner Naomi Osaka wore masks with names of black victims of violence throughout the tennis tournament.
29-year-old Daejeon Keezy was killed last month by two LA County depositors, US Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat who represents part of South Los Angeles, said “while we don’t know all the details of the incident” she shares the displeasure of the community and the police killings that convey the message ” People of color don’t matter and practice is to shoot first and ask questions later. ”
She said the sheriff department is out of control and asked state Attorney General Javier Becerra to investigate “patterns of abuses”.
The department has begun its investigation into allegations that a renegade group of duty called themselves Excisioner S has taken Compton station under its control through intimidation, intimidation and harassment.
Ron Hernandez, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said his organization is open to overall reform – he disputed any claims of renegade groups of deputies – but the Saturday shooting as part of possible anti-police rhetoric Can never be justified.
“While you’re sitting there doing paperwork and providing security for the community, and someone in the public comes out and kills you and tries to kill you, there’s no valid explanation for this , “He said during the Monday news conference outside the hospital. . “I don’t care how angry the public is, I don’t care how angry the people who are protesting are too. It’s not going to solve anything.”
Villanueva criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “instigating the flames of hatred” as the US struggled with racism and police brutality, saying they should instead rely on the criminal justice system .
Villanueva also claimed that the criminal justice system is biased against people of color, adding that his department is committed to a full investigation, including its own staff.
“For anyone who says they are biased, the only bias we have is towards the facts,” he said. “We need to stop false narratives. We have to let the system take its course and do justice based on facts, based on evidence. It has to be right.”
Villanueva said that the department’s investigation into police shootings similar to Kizi’s time.
“We’re not going to speed up or slow down at anyone’s behest,” he said. “It’s going to be based on fact, not emotion. Some people have already determined the outcome, so they are trying to throw rocks in the process.”