Vanessa Bryant replied this week to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who challenged NBA superstar LeBron James to clear the reward money for information about the shooting of two deputies in Compton, California over the weekend.
In a series of posts on his Instagram Story, Bryant uncovered screenshots of tweets and articles that exploded Villanueva and recalled her graphic photo leak department following the tragic helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, the their young daughter Gianna and seven. others in January.
Bryant shared tweets from user @ElanMaree, who questioned the validity of Villanueva’s comments to reporters on Monday regarding the criminal justice system.
SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA CHALLENGES LEBRON JAMES TO SATISFY MONEY FOR GUNMAN WHO AMBUSTO TWO DEPUTIES IN COMPTON
Stefanie Dazio, California-based crime reporter for the Associated Press, initially shared a video clip in which Villanueva urged athletes, elected officials and civilian leaders to emphasize trust in the criminal justice system, rather than “blowing the flames of hatred”.
“How can he talk about trust in the system?” asked @ElanMaree in a quote tweet. “Her sheriff’s department could not be trusted to protect the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene, her agents took and shared graphic photos of crash victims. Vanessa Bryant sued them.”
Later, Bryant shared a headline and May article from The Hollywood Reporter, showing that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Union was suing Villanueva to keep the internal affairs investigation of the distribution of the photos private.
Bryant’s complaint against Villanueva’s office was filed in May.
“No fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were on the scene taking cell phone photos of the dead children, parents and coaches,” the statement read, for People magazine. “As the department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for MPs to take photos at the crash site. Rather, MPs took photos for their own personal purposes.”
The following text he took a screenshot of was from lakersnation.com, discussing reports from the Los Angeles Times of a potential cover-up attempt by Villanueva.
Villanueva has since made waves, challenging a subpoena related to how it would protect inmates from COVID-19.
In a Monday interview with KABC Radio on the John Phillips Show, Villanueva challenged James to contribute to efforts to find the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County deputies at point-blank range and to match and double the reward money. offered for information.
Villanueva said the reward money reached $ 175,000 – a combination of donations of $ 100,000 from the county and $ 75,000 from two individuals.
“This challenge is for Lebron James. I want you to equal it and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You made a 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 appreciated that,” he continued. “But likewise, we must appreciate that respect for life runs through all professions.”
The Los Angeles Lakers star has been one of the most vocal pro athletes on social issues and police misconduct. After Jacob Blake was shot multiple times by officers in Wisconsin last month, leaving him paralyzed, James said blacks in America are “terrified” of police misconduct.
“I know people get tired of hearing this, but we’re as scared as blacks in America,” James said after the Lakers’ Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers last month. “Black men, black women, black guys, we’re terrified.”
He had previously tweeted his frustrations over the police shootings.
“And you all wonder why we say what we say about the police !! Someone please tell me what is this ??? !!! Exactly another black man being targeted,” wrote James. “This shit [sic] it’s so wrong and so sad !! I feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE !! We want JUSTICE “.
There was no immediate response from James to the sheriff’s challenge.
Bryant posted a second tweet from @ElanMaree, saying Villanueva shouldn’t challenge James to “get on the plate” because the sheriff “couldn’t even” get on the plate “and hold his deputies responsible for photographing dead children.”
She then posted a photo of eight of the people killed in the incident, including her husband and daughter, and tagged the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Instagram account.
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Finally, Bryant posted a screenshot of a quote from Democratic City of Angels Mayor Eric Garcetti, in which he condemns the killing of deputies.
“Not all MPs are bad apples. Prayers for the 2 MPs who were killed,” he wrote.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.