Deon Joseph, a well-known Los Angeles Police Department officer, explained during an interview on Wednesday why he wrote a letter reaching out to NBA star LeBron James after James targeted a police officer on social media, saying he hopes to change James’ mind about the police because continuing to demonize law enforcement ends up hurting minority communities over time.
Joseph said that he used to view the police the same way that James did because of the music that he listened to, an activist group he joined when he was young, and prior negative encounters that he had with law enforcement.
“You know, I’m tired of vitriol. I’m tired of the demagoguery against police officers and it’s so broad and it’s also dangerous because as that’s happening, we have political figures who are buying off on it,” Joseph said. “You know, I don’t mind Joe on the corner, on social media all day watching collages of cop hate videos is upset. But