Charles Barkley draws backlash for Breonna Taylor comments

Carrie Guzman
September 25, 2020

"We do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop", Barkley said of Taylor. It was him that the police officers were searching for with their no-knock warrant on Taylor's apartment.

Barkley said for that reason, we shouldn't be comparing Taylor's situation to the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, whose killings didn't involve such controversial extra-curriculars.

National Basketball Association legend Charles Barkley says he is not a fan of the political movement pushing for the defunding of police departments, arguing Thursday that pulling officers off the streets would hurt lower income black communities the most while asking, "Who are black people supposed to call?"

"The no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of.across the board", he told broadcasters ahead of the showdown between James's Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.

"I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that", Barkley said.

"Please tell me i heard that wrong incorrectly".

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Former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, who was also on the TNT panel with Barkley, came to his co-host's defence and also become the subject of backlash.

As the crew reacted to the decision of a Kentucky Grand Jury to not vote murder charges against the three police officers involved in the March 13 shooting death of Breonna Taylor, Charles Barkley asked if "black people" were supposed to call "Ghost Busters" for help if the police are defunded.

"I didn't know I could be this disgusted by Charles Barkley", Democrat strategist Adam Parkhomenko tweeted, along with others who expressed similar views. A homicide occurred and we're sorry a homicide occurred.

"How can you justify what happened to Breonna Taylor and just dismiss the cops?"

"We want justice, no matter how long it takes", he insisted. "And it is just so unjust, what's going on".

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