As America reacted to the news that a jury found former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the social justice cabal that has held the country hostage for much of the past year shifted its focus to the death of a 16-year-old black girl in Columbus, Ohio.
Following a now familiar script, those who continue to push a contrived narrative of racist police intentionally targeting black Americans ran with emotion and facts that proved not to be true, claiming the teen, identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, was unarmed and gunned down needlessly.
Body-cam footage from the officer who shot Bryant captured the scene, showing that the teen had what appeared to be a large knife in her hand and was in the process of trying to stab a young female — multiple news outlets reported that she “dropped the weapon before she was shot multiple times.”
The Columbus Police Department was responding to a call of someone attempting to stab others. Upon arriving, Bryant was reportedly seen tackling a female to the ground before charging toward a young female up against a car while raising her arm in a stabbing position. It was at this point that the officer fired several shots, fatally wounding the aggressor.
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Protesters are already rallying around the police shooting of a 15-year-old girl in Columbus, OH, but body camera footage shows she was trying to stab another girl with a knife when she was shot and killed. pic.twitter.com/Wr9YXhQWoN
— Dan O’Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) April 21, 2021
The teen’s mother, Paula Bryant, spoke with a local news reporter and said her child was a “very loving, peaceful little girl”
“She was a very loving, peaceful little girl, she was an honor-roll student and Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace,” the mother said.
“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace,” said the 16 year-old girl’s mother, Paula. pic.twitter.com/vhBauZn3Kc
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident, according to Fox News.
With emotions already on edge due to the trial in Minneapolis — the incident occurred just after the Chauvin verdict was announced — interim Police Chief Michael Woods said during a press conference late Tuesday that they rushed to release the bodycam footage.
“We took some unprecedented steps tonight,” Woods said. “We’ve never been able to release video this fast, but we thought it was important to share with the community, to be transparent about this incident, to let them have some answers that we can provide tonight.”
He added that officers are authorized to use deadly force to protect themselves or a third party.
Calling the incident “tragic,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the police officer was protecting the other female.
“It’s a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It’s a horrible, heartbreaking situation,” he said. “The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home.”
Still shots of the footage suggest the officer did save the life of the other female.
Body camera video released by Columbus Police in Ohio shows #MakiyahBryant attacking another female with a knife before she is shot by police. #BLM have been protesting, calling the shooting racist because Makiyah is black. pic.twitter.com/LY1HaJyI1F
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 21, 2021
The shooting prompted a small angry crowd to protest, despite the fact that a life may have been saved by the cop’s actions.
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The crowd on Legion Lane is growing (language warning). This is a very raw scene. Many are screaming and crying. pic.twitter.com/IaakFXs6NV
— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 20, 2021
WARNING: Video contains strong language. People now upset after a deadly officer involved shooting, right as the George Floyd verdict was announced. pic.twitter.com/FJZ98Uk2ki
— Alexis Moberger (@alexiswsyx6) April 20, 2021
A bullhorn-equipped brigade of Black Lives Matter activists were soon on the scene, driving emotion as they gathered outside the Columbus Police Department well into the night, as seen in the video below:
Here’s a look at CPD HQ right now – pic.twitter.com/cxoPV1DBpQ
— Haley Nelson (@HaleyWSYX6) April 21, 2021
Of course, there was plenty of misinformation being spewed by the regular suspects.
Here’s a sampling of some of the responses to the story from Twitter:
The Vice President’s sister seems like a good place to start. pic.twitter.com/3qgYTIzMlj
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2021
Julian Castro & MSNBC host Jason Johnson. pic.twitter.com/CoQubytNn1
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2021
Yes, the media is lying to you. pic.twitter.com/7tX6w88n6h
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2021
HOLY SHIT – Look at how the NYT sanitizes Crump’s tweet by removing the “unarmed” lie. Keep in mind the NYT story comes after the footage is released (and in fact references it). Just insanely dishonest. https://t.co/hT8uTpy0eo pic.twitter.com/mymTI9S1MJ
— Contrite bird (@pleasehandlethx) April 21, 2021
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