“The Breakfast Club” co-host Rashawn “DJ Envy” Casey is under attack for comments he made regarding the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Ma’Khia was gunned down by a Columbus, Ohio police officer on April 20 when she attempted to stab a woman during a fight over an unmade bed at a foster group home.
DJ Envy chose the side of reason and facts during a debate with co-host Charlamagne the god, who allowed anger to rule his emotions.
After the show, Black Twitter went into a frenzy, attacking DJ Envy and calling him a sellout.
“I understand people are upset and they have the right to be — but what I don’t like is this cancel culture, when they try to cancel somebody for an opinion,” DJ Envy tells Page Six.
“It doesn’t hurt me … because people are mad about what’s going on and I’m mad and upset as well. But I know who’s on my side and who’s not. I know who tries to help the community and who doesn’t. We sit here and raise money every year for organizations that fight against this. I help our community with financial freedom and learning about buying their own homes, and their own investment properties. So people can have financial freedom so they can use their own money.”
“Every case is different,” Envy told Page Six. “And in this case, if I pull up to a scene and see a girl chasing another girl about to stab a girl, my job as a police officer is to make sure that girl doesn’t get killed. And the law allows me to stop that killing or that stabbing by any means necessary. That’s what the law allows me to do, on both sides.
“The whole situation is tragic and it’s sad because that system failed that young lady. The fact that she’s out there fighting at 16 with a grown woman. The fact that the older man seen in the video would rather kick the girl on the ground and join the fight instead of stopping the fight, all these things come together and the system failed that girl and it is sad.”
He added, “Everybody’s saying [the police] shoot first, but he possibly saved that [other girl’s] life … if she would’ve stabbed her who knows if she would’ve lived. She could have got cut in the throat, in the face, we just don’t know what could happen.”
DJ Envy is the son of a retired NYPD cop, and a victim of police harassment. He said he “has experienced with both sides of the spectrum.”
Watch video of DJ Envy and Charlamagne’s debate below.