It seems brutal for the administration to take advantage of it Almost 3 billion dollars In finance, he asks civilians for financial assistance to do his job.
What’s even crazier is that this position includes one of the most perverted police departments in the country, and arguably the most popular athlete in the world since the turn of the century.
However, here we go.
After the hateful shooting of two Los Angeles County lawmakers in Compton, California, Saturday night that resulted in the two officers being hospitalized, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva went to a radio station on Monday and invited Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to a “match” And “double” the bounty set by the county and other pledges to find the person responsible for this heinous act.
In total, the amount is around $ 175,000, which means if James were to commit he would have paid around $ 350,000.
“I want to do a challenge … To LeBron James, I want you to match that and double that reward because I know you care about law enforcement,” Villanueva He said.
“I made a very interesting statement about race relations and shootings that officers participate in and the impact that has on African American society and I appreciate that, but likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life passes through professions, races and beliefs, and I’d like to see LeBron James ascend to Painting and doubles it. “
James did not respond publicly to Villanueva’s request.
I amIt’s a question that sounds odd at best, considering that the Los Angeles Police Department is subject to an approved county budget that will allocate billions of dollars to law enforcement.
The total budget for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department $ 3.4 billion.
Not to mention, the Los Angeles mayor’s oath was almost forced out $ 81.5 million In litigation fees during the fiscal year 2018-2019. Many of these expenses are due to lawsuits related to violent and unnecessary force used by Los Angeles County officers. These expenditures cost the administration nearly $ 20 million more than the previous fiscal year for which they were responsible $ 62.1 million In legal costs.
The Los Angeles Police Department that patrols the city of Los Angeles, not the county, had an approximate budget $ 1.8 billion Before their cuts.
James was defending individuals who did not get justice for being shot or killed by police officers. The shooting of these two lawmakers has already prompted an ad hoc search and a $ 100,000 bounty by the county.
It is possible that the shooter will eventually be captured, arrested, and imprisoned. And rightly so. However, the majority of policemen who shoot unarmed civilians remain without legal repercussions.
Should I mention Briona Taylor or Jacob Blake? Or that countless motivated black Americans pulled them into law enforcement, but never saw anyone accused of a crime.
Relatives of Taylor A. Millions of dollars in settlement From Louisville city for wrongful death filed by the family. However, no charges were filed against the officers.
Villanueva has put James in an unnecessary bind. If he does not heed the sheriff’s request, he will be seen by many as insensitive to the false fire of these two representatives.
However, the responsibility to sue this shooter shouldn’t lie with James. Athletes are forced to speak out when justice is not being served. When the militants are not accused. When an officer is not arrested, he kills an unarmed black person and is brought to trial. In these moments, when law enforcement is unable to press charges against one of them, James and others feel compelled to speak up.
James shouldn’t be obligated to take charge of an entire police department that has the resources and supplies to handle the situation just because of his bad reputation and stature.
It’s time for the Los Angeles Police Department to do their job here and they shouldn’t need the help of James or any other sports star.