One police officer went viral after roundly mocking NBA superstar LeBron James for sharing a photo of the police officer at the center of a shooting of a knife-wielding 16-year-old girl.
The young shooting victim, Ma’Khia Bryant, was reportedly trying to stab others during an incident in Ohio last week, which the teen’s foster mother said stemmed from a dispute surrounding housework.
What are the details?
According to Newsweek, the video amassed more than 2.5 million views on video-sharing platform TikTok alone as of Sunday.
In the video, Officer Nate Silvester of the Marshal’s Office in Bellevue, Idaho, was seen mocking the basketball player while pretending to respond to calls from dispatch by saying that he needs to conference with James before he acts on calls.
The Post Millennial also shared the video on Twitter, where it has received 158,000 views at the time of this reporting, captioning it, “A policeman calls LeBron for advice in hilarious viral video[.]”
In the video, Silvester can be seen arriving at a fictional scene and calling dispatch for advice.
“Dispatch, I’ve arrived at that disturbance,” he says. “Will you have LeBron call my cellphone right away, please? Thank you.”
While awaiting the call from “LeBron,” Silvester can be heard telling an off-screen person to “put down that knife.”
“Stop stabbing him,” Silvester commands.
“LeBron” returns Silvester’s call, and the officer says, “LeBron, hey, yeah, it’s me again. Listen, I’m out here at this disturbance call, and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do?”
After a pause in the fake conversation, Silvester asks, “Why does that matter?”
“OK, well, they’re both black,” he continues. “One guy is trying to stab another guy with a knife. Deadly force is completely justified.”
After another pause, he adds, “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? I mean, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again, you’re really good at basketball, so I guess I’ll take your word for it.”
He concludes the conversation, “Michael Jordan’s the GOAT [greatest of all time]. I gotta go.”
Silvester then turns to the fictional suspects and says, “Sorry, guys, you’re on your own. Good luck.”