Democrats were quick to denounce the police officer who shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday even though bodycam footage shows that he was attempting to stop her from stabbing another girl to death.
Police were summoned to the scene of a violent altercation around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday after a report that someone was trying to stab others at a home. Bryant tackled another teenager with what appeared to be a knife in her hand. She then charged another girl against a car raising the knife as she advanced, at which time Officer Nicholas Reardon discharged his firearm four times, fatally hitting the girl. This followed multiple warnings by the officer.
On Tuesday evening, Bryant’s family accused Reardon of shooting their daughter without provocation or justification. Following that, numerous prominent liberals took to social media to condemn the officer even though footage shows exactly what happened during the attack. According to Franklin County Children Services, Bryant was a foster child.
The focus appeared to be entirely on the officer shooting Bryant and little to no concern was shown for the girl who was almost stabbed to death in front of Reardon.
(Video Credit: NBC4 Columbus)
The national American Civil Liberties Union tweeted, “We’ll say it again — a system that kills children with impunity cannot be reformed.”
Ma'Khia Bryant was 16 years old and had her entire life ahead of her.
For the second time in less than a week, we are collectively mourning a child killed by the police.
We'll say it again — a system that kills children with impunity cannot be reformed. pic.twitter.com/HcVdgFDpVe
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 21, 2021
The White House response was also accusatory. Rather than acknowledging that the officer-involved shooting was in any way justified, the White House’s statement referred to the incident as an example of “police violence” that “disproportionately impacts black and Latino people and communities[.]”
Psaki was asked about the Columbus police shooting of Ma'kiyah Bryant, a teen killed while trying to stab another girl with a knife.
Psaki said Biden has been briefed on it, adding, "She was a child… Our focus is on working to address systemic racism & implicit bias head on." pic.twitter.com/E0xdeZUvJv
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 21, 2021
Nowhere in that statement was the mention of the officer saving the other teenager’s life.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Bree Newsome tweeted on the incident that it was just a knife fight: “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.”
She then stated: “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.”
Other Democrats piled on as well including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “While the verdict was being read in the Derek Chauvin trial, Columbus police shot and killed a sixteen-year-old girl. Her name was Ma’Khia Bryant. She should be alive right now,” Brown tweeted on Wednesday.
Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett also entered the melee: “A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.” She followed up with another tweet: “Just because an officer can use deadly force does not mean the officer should. Let’s spend more time responsibly training them to de-escalate violent situations, and if force is required, use the minimum force necessary.”
A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 21, 2021
Just because an officer can use deadly force does not mean the officer should. Let’s spend more time responsibly training them to de-escalate violent situations, and if force is required, use the minimum force necessary.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 21, 2021
“Black girls deserve girlhood — uninterrupted. Black girls deserve to grow up and become women,” Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) wrote on Twitter.
Black girls deserve girlhood — uninterrupted.
Black girls deserve to grow up and become women.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 21, 2021
George Floyd’s family’s attorney Ben Crump also referred to Bryant as “unarmed” in a tweet: “As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15 [year old] Black girl named Makiyah Bryant. Another child lost! Another hashtag.”
NBC News allegedly edited out a portion of the 911 call in the incident. Nicholas Fondacaro of Newsbusters reported that: “In their report on the officer-involved shooting in Columbus, Ohio, NBC Nightly News deceptively edited the 911 call to leave out the part where the caller says a girl was “trying to stab us.” They also don’t show viewers the knife in the attacker’s hand just before the shots.”
In their report on the officer-involved shooting in Columbus, Ohio, NBC Nightly News deceptively edited the 911 call to leave out the part where the caller says a girl was "trying to stab us." They also don't show viewers the knife in the attacker's hand just before the shots. pic.twitter.com/r5uXD1qDb1
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) April 22, 2021
There were a few cases where those on the left walked back their comments. The Washington Post’s Radley Balko retracted his initial comments concerning the incident and then apologized for not waiting until he had more facts.
I’m deleting this tweet, which was based on the statements from Bryant’s aunt. It was premature. Holding off until we know more — which is what I should have done last night. Apologies. pic.twitter.com/Hys9lN27Nb
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) April 21, 2021
CNN’s Don Lemon stated on “CNN Tonight” Wednesday that “we need to be honest” and “acknowledge that police have jobs to do.”
“People are anguished watching another video like this. And I get it. But even in our anguish, we cannot abandon the responsibility we have to be fair. And even while our hearts are hurting, we have to judge each incident based on what we see and the facts we know,” Lemon remarked.
Squad member Rep. Cori Bush also portrayed Bryant as a “baby” shot and killed by police:
Ma’Khia Bryant was a 16-year-old baby. She was shot and killed by police yesterday.
This is why no single verdict can deliver justice. Convictions don’t save lives. Convictions don’t end violent policing.
Stop killing us and our babies. Stop.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) April 21, 2021
The blowback on that comment was intense:
That 16 year-old baby was trying to stab another person to death. I guess the life of the baby she was trying to stab doesn't matter. https://t.co/tIIZ94HMKE
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 21, 2021
You need serious mental help.
— JimmyB 🇺🇸 (@MOTT7) April 21, 2021
So last week 16 was old enough to vote, now 16 is a baby?
— Gershom Born (@GershomBorn) April 21, 2021
Clearly at this point there are so many of the loudest voices on the left that would’ve preferred the other girl get stabbed and thus treat this as inner city black on black crime that they could ignore as they always have.
— Loren (@LorenSethC) April 21, 2021
You’re going to defend a “baby” who was swinging a knife at another “baby”? Which one should have died? The one being attacked? You should be working for families to be stronger and there to be better role models everywhere. This is not the right fight.
— This World Makes Me Tired (@Ron3965) April 21, 2021
Quick question Cori: what is the name of the young girl Bryant attacked with a knife? Have you tweeted about what she went through yesterday?
— Akash Shetye (@AkashShetye) April 21, 2021
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