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24-Year LAPD Vet Deon Joseph Requests Meeting With LeBron Via Letter

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Deon Joseph, who has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for over 24 years, published a letter to LeBron James Sunday asking to meet the NBA star to explain policing and to have an honest conversation about the times we’re living in. Joseph, who has spent over two decades working the L.A. skid row beat, once told the Los Angeles Times that “I came here to save lives, not to stand by and watch people die.”

Joseph, a hulking figure whose approach to the skid row problem has attracted the likes of CNN and the L.A. Times, acknowledges it’s a long shot to meet with LeBron over policing in America, but he’s trying anyway. “I don’t care if I’m talking to the president. If someone out here is talking to me, I have to respond because they have been ignored by society for too long. That won’t be me,” Joseph told CNN in 2016.

Now Deon Joseph is responding to LeBron and his stance on policing.

Dear Lebron:

I am not going to come at you from a place of hatred. There will be no name calling. I was raised to see the whole of a human being. Not to hyper focus on their flaws or make said flaws the whole of who they are. I’m an honest man.

What you do for children, and other acts of charity shows a huge heart. You show to be a family man, and that’s to be respected. You play for the team my family has cheered for since the 1960s, then myself since 1979. But… Your current stance on policing is so off base and extreme. Your tweet that targeted a police officer in Ohio who saved a young woman’s life was irresponsible and disturbing. It showed a complete lack of understanding of the challenge of our job in the heat of a moment. You basically put a target on the back of a human being who had to make a split second decision to save a life from a deadly attack.

A decision I know he and many others wish they never had to make. Especially when it involves someone so young.

Instead of apologizing, you deflected. You said you took your tweet down because you did not want it to be used for hate, when the tweet itself was the embodiment of hatred, rooted in a lack of understanding of the danger of the situation.

I don’t know if this will ever reach you, but my hope is that one day I can sit down with you and talk. As a man of faith, I can have no hatred toward you. But I do feel I can help you understand the reality of the profession of policing, and that there is another side you need to hear. You are tired of Black folks dying? So am I. You hate racism and police brutality? So do I. But you cannot paint 800,000 men and women who are of all races, faiths, sexual orientations and are also mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, preachers, coaches, community members and just human with such a broad and destructive brush.

Unlike some who have dug their heals in the belief that police are inherently evil, I think if you yourself actually sat down and had a real honest and open conversation with a cop, there is a strong chance you may discover we are not the monsters you have come to believe we are, who deserve the hate and distain you have. And even if you come away feeling the same way, I could respect it, because at least you gave the other side your ear instead of only hearing one narrative.

The offer is on the table Lebron. No cameras. No fanfare. Just two men who care talking. I know it’s a long shot. But this division and hatred must stop. It’s clear based on rising crime in marginalized communities that cops and the community need to build bridges to save lives on all sides. That cannot be done through the demonization of any group of people.

Just putting it out in the universe brother. Even if not me, please take the time to talk to a police officer instead of judging them. No shade. Thanks for all the positive things you do.

The ball is officially in LeBron’s court. Deon’s all ears if he’d like to talk. In the meantime, you might want to read up on Deon’s approach to policing and his thoughts on the profession. This man should be appearing on all network cable stations.

WHAT’S A GOOD COP?Often I get wonderful compliments about the outreach I engage in on Skid Row. From hygiene kits to…

Posted by Officer Deon Joseph on Saturday, April 24, 2021

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. That is one imposing human being, both figuratively and physically. His spiritual approach is awesome and it is clear his intentions to help and serve have sustainable merit. If Lebron won’t meet with him, I am happy to because I would love to hear and share his perspective.

  2. I’d love for this to happen especially since it’s an organic way. But he’s right…it’s a longshot. There’s no way LeFruad’s handlers would ever allow anything organic like this to happen.

    Much respect for this man at least making the effort…because it’s not the police that are killing black people and promoting racism.

  3. Don’t waste your time boss the queen has no interest in any honest conversation he is a blatant racist chicom loving and about as ignorant as they come thank you for your service we need a whole lot more like you.

  4. Thank you officer Joseph! Helping out with LA’s disastrous homeless issue by day and trying to bring common sense back to sports by night. Two impossible tasks. Keep up the good fight brother!

  5. Very unlikely a meeting will occur because this would require Lebron to have a conversation based on logic and facts, not his strong suit. If it happened it would be strictly a dog and pony show and nothing worthwhile would come of it.

  6. The officer speaks truth and makes sense. If the meeting occurs the officer will be vilified and LeMoron will be deified.

    Those with the gold make the rules. Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. Never try to set the PR agenda with Communist Democrat liars. All the above are deceit trades and excel at twisting, turning, and manipulation. Can thousands of hard working policemen, firemen, nurses, farmers, plumbers, electricians, truck drivers and many other honest tax payers all be wrong? America Matters.

  7. I applaud Officer Joseph but let’s be real, he as much of a chance sitting down with LeBron as I do of making the NBA the the young age of 43. LeBron only does what his Chinese and Nike handlers tell him to do. This won’t help LeBron’s fake narrative if he sits down with a real man like Officer Joseph.

  8. Remember when LeBron was all aboard the gun control bandwagon? Despite the fact years prior in Miami he had a great time at a shooting range with machine guns? This dude is a useful idiot that just parrots what his white liberal masters tell him to. Give me a Shaq or chuck any day over this false king!

  9. Since Bill Laimbeer or Rick Mahorn are no longer patrolling the paint, I’d LOVE TO SEE Officer Deon Joseph SMACK the fukkin King of SHITE UPSIDE THE HEAD!!!!
    Old school NBA…old school RULES FOR LIFE !!!
    We wuz kings? You wuz sheeeeet.

  10. There are bad apples in every profession in America. The police are no different. Human beings have flaws. There are no more bad cops as there are bad professors or bad plumbers. The difference is the cops have one of the most stressful dangerous jobs in America. They deserve our respect. Back the blue!

  11. The fake protesting communist Chinese government ball licking hate spewing racist divisive coward DramaQueen James is too big a pussy to meet with that cop. Bitch boy James has sold his soul to the criminals, communists, terrorists, racists and pedophiles of the Hollywood Hezbollah.

  12. Listen to this man’s words. I cannot hate. I was raised to see the individual. This is what we should be teaching all of our children. Not telling them they are a victim and cannot succeed because the system is against them. Bravo to you officer. I hope LaBron takes the time to meet with you. He will be better for it as will all of us.

  13. Officer Joseph is a true American hero. We’d be a much better country if the lame stream media, our demented politicians and especially our woke CEO’s like Chip Bergh at Levi’s, the guys at Delta & Coca-Cola and their ilk who spew lots of critique without considering the other side of the story. It’s time to recognize the job of a police officer is one of the most challenging out there. You can say what you will about President Trump, but he always showed these men & women a ton of respect. Unfortunately, that gave all these leftist yahoo’s cover to ridicule beat cops all day long. That includes Xiden and his 💩 Administration.

  14. Everyone always talks about needing conversations regarding race and other related topics. They never happen because the race hustlers and others are dug in and want to pin ALL blame on whites, white supremacy, and systemic racism. They never hold themselves accountable or take any responsibility, ever.

  15. This is exactly what we need! Anyone can be a leader, too bad those that consider themselves “leaders” continue to divide us. It’s so easy to hate but it takes courage to bridge that divide and try to reconcile and respect others. Go Deon!

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