The Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke out on Tuesday to blast the crazed rioters who showed up at the hospital where the two deputies who were ambushed last weekend were recovering, and called for them to die. Villanueva went so far as to call what the protesters did “something almost worthy of ISIS.”
“It’s just a new low for the hatred that I don’t think anyone in this nation has ever seen before,” Villanueva said while appearing on Fox News. “We just don’t expect it on our own shores and we have been here fighting to save people’s lives across the county – it doesn’t matter who you are and it is not something we are going to expect or tolerate.”
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This comes one day after Villanueva called on NBA star LeBron James to match and double the current $200,000 reward that has been offered in finding the gunman who attacked the cops.
“This challenge is to LeBron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African American community.”
“And I appreciated that,” the sheriff added. “But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”
James said last month that black people are “terrified” of police in this country.
“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as Black people in America,” James said. “Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”
Villanueva said today that he has not heard anything back from James yet. He added that he would like to see the NBA “take some ownership of exactly what he said in terms of propagating the idea that people are being hunted” due to the color of their skin.
“I think that is just flat out not the case,” the sheriff said. “I think we need to hold those accountable for breaking the law, be it law enforcement when we are crossing the line, but, then we have to acknowledge the bigger problem of violence overall and this ambush, cowardly ambush, of the two deputies just doing their own job, doing their business there in Compton, really illustrates that. That is that the problem we need to address.”