LAPD cop who wrote open letter to LeBron James says star hasn’t replied

LAPD cop who wrote open letter to LeBron James says star hasn’t replied


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.

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“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

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