(USA Features) The National Fraternal Order of Police responded Friday to comments from ABC’s “The View” co-host Joy Behar in which she suggested that instead of immediately shooting at suspects, police officers should fire “a warning shot” first.
Behar’s comments came on the heels of an incident on Wednesday in which Columbus, Ohio police officer Nicholas Reardon, who is also an Air National Guard member, shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who is black, right before she stabbed another black girl, likely saving her life.
“If you’re going to comment on police matters, have the decency to educate yourself first. You owe it to your viewers. Warning shots are prohibited by every agency in this country. Also, you might want to take a physics lesson… what goes up, must come down,” the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted.
.@joyvbehar, if you’re going to comment on police matters, have the decency to educate yourself first. You owe it to your viewers. Warning shots are prohibited by every agency in this country. Also, you might want to take a physics lesson… what goes up, must come down. https://t.co/8yBmBBuVPq
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) April 22, 2021
On Thursday, Behar explained that she and CNN host Don Lemon exchanged texts about the incident, adding that he took a different view.
On his show Wednesday night, Lemon noted that the police were responding to “a dangerous incident where someone is armed with a knife.”
“Police walked up on a situation, and they need to figure out what is happening. Other lives are in danger. We need to be honest and use our common sense. We cannot have a double standard. We have to acknowledge that police have jobs to do,” he said.
“Well, he texted me, because I mentioned this case yesterday vis-a-vis the George Floyd case. He said, you know, that he — the cop had no choice or something to that effect. My feeling is I don’t know if that’s true or not. I really can’t figure it out anymore. I mean, it seems to me in a situation — this is what it looked to me and I looked at the tape and still can’t figure it out,” Behar said.
“Shoot the gun in the air as a warning. Tase a person. Shoot them in the leg. Shoot them in the behind. Stop them somehow buy if the only solution is to kill a teenager, there’s something wrong with this,” she added.
“There’s something very, very wrong with the way these things are being conducted. Even if the cop had to do it, there’s something wrong with it.”
She noted further: “I can’t explain it any better than that, but he and I were going back and forth last night, because he has a completely different view of this. All I can say is we keep talking about this over and over, and kids still keep getting shot. It’s like the gun issue in this country. People keep getting shot, and nothing ever gets done about it. It’s a very frustrating conversation to have, but I can’t add much to it.”