THE VIEW slammed Don Lemon as “wrong” on Thursday after the CNN host claimed we “need to be honest” about the police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Lemon claimed on his show on Wednesday night that Americans need to “acknowledge that police have jobs to do” as he urged caution in jumping to conclusions.
“Friends often disagree,” The View host Sunny Hostin said.
“And Don is wrong here,” she insisted.
“Why is deadly force the first order of business and especially the first order of business with black and brown people in this country?
“Why is it ok? We shouldn’t live in a country where it’s acceptable to shoot a 16-year-old four times in the chest over a fight,” Hostin continued.
“It goes from zero to execution very, very quickly when threre is a black and brown person involved and that is just the truth.”
Hostin also criticized Lemon for comparing Bryant’s shooting with the death of George Floyd.
The host listed a number of white teens who had been brought into custody safely after shooting people dead as she claimed that Lemon needed to compare “apples with apples.”
On his Wednesday night show, Lemon had spoken out over the ourage surrounding Bryant’s death.
“People are anguished watching another video like this,” he said.
“And I get it.
“But even in our anguish, we cannot abandon the responsibility we have to be fair,” the host argued.
“And even while our hearts are hurting, we have to judge each incident based on what we see and the facts we know.”
Cops have said that Bryant was wielding a knife and was attacking another person when she was fatally shot by white police officer Nicholas Reardon.
Her family claims she was the person to call the cops as she was being abused in her foster home.
Bryant’s foster mother said she was not at home at the time of the shooting.
Police released bodycam footage of the incident hours after it happened in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon as protests erupted.
The shooting has resulted in intense debate on whether Reardon could have ended the fight another way.
The View co-host disagreed with both Hostin and Joy Behar on Thursday as she claimed “the police officer did what he thought he had to do.”
“This one is harder for me and if there’s anything I learned from the Me Too movement, it’s that I’m going to take everything by case by case by case situation and I don’t think that everything is always comparable,” she added.
“There’s something wrong with this,” Behar had claimed of the shooting, questioning why Reardon could not have shot in the air or hit Bryant in the leg.
“People keep getting shot and nothing ever gets done about it,” she argued.
Multiple video clips showed Ma’Khia Bryant being shot four times as she apparently attacked another girl with a knife.
A second officer’s footage showed him giving medical aid to Bryant as she laid on the floor, bleeding, while another cop administered CPR while pleading: “stay with us Ma’khia.”
The graphic bodycam footage of the shooting was released by officials after cops responding to reports of a stabbing at 4.32pm, with officers arriving on scene minutes later at 4.44pm
In the chaotic footage, two girls can be seen arguing before a cop shouted “Get down” and began firing his weapon at one of them, moments after arriving on the scene.
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