The LAPD cop who sought to meet LeBron James to discuss “the reality” of policing said the NBA superstar has not replied to his open letter – and revealed he almost had to use deadly force four times during his career.
“I was LeBron James before I became a police officer,” Deon Joseph, who addressed James player after his inflammatory tweet about the Ohio officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, told Fox News on Tuesday night.
“I did not want to be a police officer at all. Being young and African American growing up in the late 80s and 90s, which were very violent and turbulent times, I thought that the police were basically our natural enemy,” the 24-year veteran told host Sean Hannity.
“It’s almost like a rite of passage — if you’re African American, you have to hate the police,” he said.
On April 21, the Los Angeles Lakers player sparked controversy when he tweeted a picture of