CNN’s Don Lemon prompted millions of Americans to wonder if the end of the world was nigh after he gave an uncharacteristically rational analysis of the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. In fact, his exchange with fellow media activist Chris Cuomo was so out of character that it likely caused many to reflect on the accuracy of malfunctioning timepieces.Don Lemon
Don Lemon Chimes in on Police Shooting
On a recent airing of CNN Tonight, Lemon made remarks that went against the typical leftist demonization of police officers during a short exchange with Cuomo. He urged viewers to use “common sense” when looking at stories involving police shootings of black Americans.
“When I look at this video, I see police responding to a dangerous incident where someone is armed with a knife,” Lemon said. “Police have walked up on a situation they need to figure out what’s happening. Other lives are in danger.” He continued: “If we’re going to discuss this case, we need to be honest and use our common sense, we cannot have a double standard. We have to acknowledge that police have jobs to do.”
Outrage erupted shortly after the announcing of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial when bodycam footage emerged showing an officer shooting Bryant as she seemed to be preparing to stab another female, who is also black. Many on the hard left attempted to promote the usual “racist cop shoots black person because everything is racist” trope despite the fact that the other girl’s life was in danger. As can be imagined, some were not too happy about Lemon’s newfound and likely short-lived common sense. The ladies of The View took umbrage at the notion that a police officer should use force to save a black girl’s life.
The View Pounces
On Thursday, the cohosts of the chat show pushed back on Lemon’s comments, insisting that the officer was wrong to shoot Bryant despite the threat to the girl she seemed to be preparing to assault with a knife. Joy Behar suggested that the officer should have fired a shot “in the air” or “in the leg,” or used his taser instead of a firearm.
“If the only solution is to kill a teenager, there’s something wrong with this,” Behar said. “There’s something very, very wrong with the way that these things are being conducted. Even if the cop had to do it, there’s something wrong with it.”
Sunny Hostin was even more forceful than Behar. She claimed that the “deadly force” used in the encounter was the result of racism, saying:
“My question is, you know, why is deadly force always the first order of business, and especially the first order of business when it comes to Black and Brown people in this country? … We shouldn’t live in a country, quite frankly, where it’s acceptable for the police to shoot a 16-year-old four times in the chest over a fight. It goes from zero to execution very, very quickly when there is a Black or Brown person involved. That is just the truth.”
Nevertheless, most sane people can see that the Ohio shooting, while tragic, was justified. The girl that Bryant was attempting to stab might have been the one who lost her life if the officer had not acted. Unfortunately, members of the activist media are only concerned with exploiting the tragedy instead of looking for authentic solutions and the right does not seem interested in engaging in the conversation. Until this changes, there can be no positive outcomes.
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