Jack Baer, Yahoo, April 21, 2021
The tweet in question featured a picture of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot the 16-year-old Bryant while responding to a 911 call on Tuesday. The tweet read “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” and included an hourglass emoji:
The tweet likely refers to the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday of three charges, including second-degree murder. James posted a tweet that simply read “ACCOUNTABILITY” after the verdict, and appeared to be calling for the Columbus officer to receive similar consequences.
A day after posting the tweet, James said he deleted it because it was “being used to create more hate” and called for more accountability in the criminal justice system.