Black Lives Matter co-founder Bree Newsome found it “frightening” and unacceptable that a police officer in Ohio would shoot and kill 16-year-old Makhia Bryant while she was trying to stab another girl to death with a knife.
The officer’s body-cam footage shows him arriving on the chaotic scene as Bryant was wielding a knife and going after another girl in a fight. She charged at the girl next to a car with her arm up, knife in hand, ready to stab her. At that point, after warning Bryant to stop, the officer fired multiple times, fatally wounding her.
The media and activists immediately started claiming that Bryant was unarmed and just an innocent, sweet girl. But the video shows exactly what she was doing. Newsome unbelievably seized on the tragic incident to posit that teenage knife fights were normal and that the police had no business interfering.
Newsome tweeted: “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.”
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She continued to berate police over the shooting: “Everyone should be frightened that the ruling white elite have done such a thoroughly successful job of not only disconnecting us from the means of basic self-sufficiency but also convincing us we need armed white officers to manage our children & communities. Frightening.” And ended with: “FRIGHTENING level of oppressive conditioning. Absolutely frightening.”
Newsome also defends rioting and looting: “I’m definitely in the camp of defending rioting & looting as a legitimate, politically-informed response to state violence,” Newsome said last week. “I’ve tweeted on this topic many times & I’m always willing to engage people in good faith discussion of why I hold that position.”
Noted D-celebrity Kathy Griffin echoed Newsome’s belief that a casual neighborhood knife fight was nothing to call police about, writing: “WARNING. How in the hell does this police officer think it’s a good idea to fire shots blindly into a group of teenagers having a fight. Yes one of them has a knife. Oh, that never happened in your school or neighborhood? She didn’t deserve to die. 16 years old.”
The reaction to Newsome’s telling police to not get involved in a knife fight among teenagers was harsh, to say the least:
“we should let the kids stab each other to death” is quite the take
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 21, 2021
We've gone from, we can defund policing to address underlying social ills, to, let's just let teenagers stab it out amongst themselves rather than get police involved. https://t.co/FMgU5ZURDQ
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 21, 2021
When I was in middle school in one of the local high schools there was a knife fight that ended with a student being stabbed to death by another student. Is that the result you are looking for?
— Maxine McCann (@maximccan) April 21, 2021
— I got your #Unity right here (@jtLOL) April 21, 2021
Just as Abraham Lincoln famously said: "Kids have been having knife fights since ancient times and we must never intervene to protect a child who is about to be stabbed for it is an ancient rite." https://t.co/xisimRT0M9
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 21, 2021
A chicken in every pot, a knife in every teen fight. https://t.co/wkUCk5ZGDE
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) April 21, 2021
Hmm .. "old fashioned knife fight" was not a childhood neighborhood activity in my neck of the woods🤔
— Max Q ⚡ (@Randy_Shannon) April 21, 2021
Remember all our teenage knife fights? My first was in the Paradise Valley Mall food court. She punctured my lung and sliced off an ear. Killed two of my friends. “They’re white,” the grizzled mall cop said to his rookie partner. “Let ‘em have their fun.” https://t.co/GPSnlQ4piF
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) April 21, 2021
You're…arguing its racist for the police to *prevent* the murder of black teenagers? https://t.co/IHDFJiMPxj
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 21, 2021
“The police need to stand there and let people get stabbed or it’s white elitism” is a heck of a commitment to a bit. https://t.co/JQN8PvL3NJ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 21, 2021