"I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that," Barkley said during TNT's NBA pregame coverage. "I feel sad that this young lady lost her life... The no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of ... across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together."
"I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop," Barkley continued. "So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don't think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery."
"I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in," co-host Shaquille O'Neal said. "You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we're sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back."
"We have to really be careful," Barkley said. "I hear these fools on TV talking about 'defund the police' and things like that. We need police reform, prison reform, and things like that. Because you know who ain't going to defund the cops? White neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods."
"So, that notion, they keep saying that. I'm like, wait a minute, who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters when we have crime in our neighborhoods?" Barkley asked.
"We need police reform," he said. "Like I say, white people, especially rich white people, they're always going to have cops. So we need to stop that 'defund' or 'abolish the cops' crap."