The Idaho police officer who managed to raise more than $500,000 after mocking LeBron James' reaction to Ma'Khia Bryant's death has now been fired - but many aren't happy about it...
Now, this all started on April 20th in Columbus, Ohio.
Police officers responded to an emergency call over an attempted stabbing and when they arrived on scene, they found sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant attempting to stab another girl.
Ma'Khia was told repeatedly to drop her weapon but she refused...
Which sadly lead to her being shot dead.
Ma'Khia's aunt, Hazel Bryant, told reporters that her niece had got into a disagreement with another girl at the foster home in which she resided.
She later said the teen called the police, her father, and grandmother for help, and grabbed a knife to protect herself.
"She was a good kid. She was loving," Hazel Bryant said, "Yeah, she had issues but that's OK. All of us go through sh*t... She didn't deserve to die like a dog in the street."
Protesters quickly gathered at the scene where Ma'Khia died...
With many holding signs saying: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH."
"It is absolutely devastating that I am driving home from an appointment in elation, honking my horn in jubilation, filled with hope in thinking there's maybe a turn that the nation deserves, and then simultaneously all of those feelings of positivity brought down to devastation in the blink of an eye is devastating," Thomas-St. Clair said.
The officer who fired the fatal shot has since been identified as Officer Nicholas Reardon.
Officials say that Officer Reardon, who has been a Columbus police officer since December 2019, has been placed on leave while the incident is investigated.
Of course, opinions on Reardon's actions that day are mixed...
Officer Nicholas Reardon shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant. She was 16 and she only had a knife and was shot 4 times.… https://t.co/QeJQb81gf2— Destiny Brown (she/her) (@Destiny Brown (she/her))1619097132.0
With many slamming Officer Reardon for shooting a sixteen-year-old girl and saying that it is yet another example of systematic racism.
But on the other hand, others have applauded Reardon for saving the life of the young girl at risk of being stabbed...
@ColumbusPolice Officer Nicholas Reardon is a hero. He saved a young girl from a knife attack. Thank you Officer Reardon.— SophiaPv8 (@SophiaPv8)1619043101.0
With some even hailing him as a hero.
But basketball legend LeBron James decided to go the extra mile to express his anger over the tragic situation.
ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger… https://t.co/NkW6ZGJSN6— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047341.0
LeBron took to Twitter in the wake of Ma'Khia's death to express his sorrow and anger over yet another Black life being lost.
"ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil' girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!"
But he then seemed to take things a step too far with a follow-up tweet about Officer Reardon...
And people really weren't impressed.
LeBron tweeted a picture of Officer Reardon on April 21st...
This man saves a girl from getting stabbed. LeBron James threatens him bc he doesn’t wait for the facts and then de… https://t.co/blwH2jz6IU— Meseidy | Libertas Sisters 🗽🌸 (@Meseidy | Libertas Sisters 🗽🌸)1619038295.0
Along with the caption, "YOU'RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY."
Upon seeing the backlash, the basketball star swiftly deleted his tweet.
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create m… https://t.co/aP2xoizYEk— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1619047885.0
And he explained his decision in a follow-up tweet shortly afterward.
"I'm so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it's being used to create more hate - This isn't about one officer. It's about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY."
Although the basketball player gave a reasonable explanation for his controversial tweet...
It hasn't stopped the criticism.
But this criticism came with some serious consequences for some...
Which is what brings us back to today's story.
Idaho police officer Nate Silvester went viral shortly after Ma'Khia's death when he posted a TikTok video mocking LeBron's response to the incident.
Silvester pretended to receive a phone call from LeBron, who was giving the officer advice on how to respond to an incident in which one Black man was attacking another with a knife.
"What do you think I should do?" the deputy asked the basketball player in the skit, "Deadly force is completely justified."
After pretending to hear James' response, Silvester said:
#DoritosDuetRoulette #lebron #comedy #humanizethebadge #copsoftiktok #fypシ #foryou
"So you don't care if a Black person kills another Black person, but you do care if a white cop kills a Black person even if he's doing it to save the life of another Black person?"
The video, which has racked up over 5.5 million views, was a clear reference to the reason Ma'Khia was shot...
And quite predictably, people were furious over the deputy's sarcasm over the situaiton.
The backlash was intense, to say the least...
Which is what resulted in Silvester being suspended indefinitely without pay.
Silvester's suspension caused even more outrage...
Which resulted in a GoFundMe page being set up to help the officer and his family.
"I started this GoFundMe to help out my friend Nate due to his suspension without pay over a viral TikTok. As I stated originally, the future of his job is still unclear, so I started this GoFundMe to help him," the owner of the page wrote, "He has spoken to his attorney to help him figure out how to best help him with all of this, since this is his first time ever being in a situation where he can help others and give back in this capacity."
But Silvester seems to be in good spirits.
#neveroffduty #humanizethebadge #speakup #foryoupage #fypシ #copsoftiktok #lebron #leo ##tiktokcop
Alongside his GoFundMe page surpassing $509,000, he has been posting light-hearted TikTok videos to update his followers on what he's been doing since his suspension.
He's also decided to write a book about what it's really like to be a police officer here in the United States.
Per Insider, Silvester announced he has signed a book deal.
"I signed a book deal yesterday, the working title of which is Never Off Duty."
KTVB-TV, a news station in Idaho, reported that Silvester's book deal is with Di Angelo Publications.
Reply to @badass.danger #copsoftiktok #fypシ #humanizethebadge #foryou #learnontiktok #thinblueline #hmu
"The whole point of my TikTok account is to humanize the badge and help shed a positive light on law enforcement that a lot of people don't get to see," he explained.
"This book is going to further that cause and help educate people like LeBron James and others, who have a very limited understanding of the work that they do."
But it's now been confirmed that Silvester has been fired.
The Mayor of Bellevue took to Twitter to share this post.
What do you think of this? Should Silvester get to keep his job?
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