Though many Democrats and left-leaning pundits are criticizing a Columbus, Ohio police officer for killing a black 16-year-old black teen a split second before she appeared to be about to stab another black youth, the same scenario played out elsewhere in Ohio earlier this week, with similar deadly results.
Only, the victim did not have Officer Nicholas Reardon to protect her.
According to reports, a 13-year-old black teen in Winton Hills, Ohio, pulled a knife on Nyaira Givens, a friend who was the same age, killing her Monday night.
“A whole lot of people are hurting. Young lady who was a viable part of the community — energetic, friendly — is no longer here,” said Pastor Peterson Mingo with GOD Squad with Cincinnati Police Department, Local12 reported.
Laterra Givens Burnett shares these photos of her niece, 13-year-old Nyaira Givens. She says she had a beautiful smile and loved her siblings. @CincyPD say Nyaira died after being stabbed by another 13-year-old girl last night in Winton Hills. @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/oyqnfuLSvo
— Andrea Medina (@AndreaMedinaTV) April 20, 2021
The pastor spent time in the young girls’ neighborhood following the deadly incident.
“Young folks are venting like they never have before. And they can see the differences in their household situations. They can see the differences in their finances; they can see the difference in everybody’s attitude,” said Mingo.
“I would say that what we’ve seen in the last couple weeks falls in line with that trend that we’ve seen locally — that uptick of violent offenses,” added Heather Chura Smith of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, the local outlet reported.
“I held her. I watched her as she died. I watched her, you know. All I could do was just hold her, hold her,” Maurice Jackson, Givens’ father, said, according to WLWT-TV. “I tried. I tried to stop the bleeding.”
He added: “Just tried my best to protect her and be the father I could be, you know? I guess I didn’t pay attention to all the other stuff that was going on around her.”
Meanwhile, several Democrats and like-minded pundits criticized Reardon’s quick reaction to the threat posed by Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who died from her gunshot wounds Wednesday, suggesting that it was another case of a white police officer gunning down a black person.
Rutgers University associate professor Brittney Cooper suggested during an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid Thursday evening that Reardon simply acted too quickly, subtly suggesting there could have been a racial component to his actions.
“Look, the arguments for our movement have never been that black people have to be perfect in order for them to deserve dignity, for us to have good policing, for us to be viewed with humanity, for cops to take a breath before they literally get out of the car, guns blazing,” she said.
“What are we training police to do if they are not actually showing up on the scene and making the situation better for all involved?” Cooper continued. “If you can’t figure out how to deescalate a 16-year-old, even with a kitchen knife, when you’ve got a gun and you’re a grown man, you shouldn’t be a cop.”
During his opening monologue Thursday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson mocked black liberals who appeared to jump through hoops in order to criticize Reardon’s actions.
In showing several clips of left-wing black commentators trying to make the incident about race, Carlson also played one featuring Jason Johnson, an MSNBC contributor, who described Bryant as “an honor roll student who was making TikTok videos on makeup and hair.”
“He’s an accredited scholar. He teaches communication at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Professor Johnson has concluded that if kids can’t continue to stab people in their own driveways, then we’re going to have to abolish the police,” Carlson said contemptuously. “Any institution that won’t allow child stabbings doesn’t deserve to exist.”
Not all liberals agreed that the officer made a bad — or racist — decision.
CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo supported the officer’s decision, with the former noting bluntly on his show after the shooting that “police have jobs to do.”
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