Editor’s Note: The video above is coverage of the shooting of two lawmakers in L.A.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (NEXSTAR) – Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, has criticized the Los Angeles County Sheriff for challenging current Lakers star LeBron James to equal a reward offered in the ambush of two deputies over the weekend.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva suggested in an interview Monday that James should double a $ 1
“This challenge is for LeBron James,” Villanueva said during a radio interview with 790KABC. “I want you to equal it and double that reward. Because I know you care about law enforcement. You made a very, very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and the shootings involved by officers and the impact it has on the African American community, and I appreciate that. Likewise, we must appreciate the respect for life that runs through professions, races, creeds. And I’d love to see LeBron James step on the pot and double it down. “
LeBron James had not commented on Sheriff Villanueva’s interview on Tuesday afternoon.
Vanessa Bryant, who is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after MPs reportedly shared photos from the helicopter crash site where Kobe, daughter Gianna and seven others died, responded in her story on Instagram.
Bryant embedded screenshots of tweets from a Twitter user named @ElanMaree, including one that said:
“He shouldn’t challenge LeBron James to match a reward or ‘get to the plate’. He couldn’t even ‘get to the plate’ and hold his deputies responsible for photographing dead children.”
Another tweet questioned how Sheriff Villanueva could ask athletes and others to trust the criminal justice system when “his sheriff’s department. Could not be trusted to protect Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene.” . “
Bryant also included a quote from Mayor Eric Garcetti condemning the shootings of the two deputies, adding the message: “Not all deputies are bad apples. Prayers for the 2 deputies who were killed “.
Both MPs were shot in the head at point-blank range as they sat in their patrol car near a Compton subway station over the weekend.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, protesters blocked the entrance and exit of the emergency room of the hospital where the deputies were being treated on Saturday night and at least one yelled “Let’s hope they die.”
The officers were listed in stable condition on Monday and are expected to survive.
KTLA contributed to this report.
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