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Late this week video footage of a black man confronting local police officers went viral because of how one officer responded to the heckling.
“Ya’ll gon’ kill me like Ma’Khia Bryant?” the black man, who some have suggested might be a Black Lives Matter activist, asked the officers in the clip.
One officer promptly replied, “Are you going to stab somebody like her?”
This angered the black man.
“No, but she called ya’ll for help! F–k is you talking about? Get your goofy ass … I can’t .. and you just said that on camera. This s–t going viral!” he replied.
Watch (*Language warning):
BLM activist: “Are ya’ll gonna kill me like Ma’Khia Bryant?”
Cop: “Are you gonna stab somebody like her?”
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) April 23, 2021
The clip definitely went viral, but the response it provoked was probably nothing like the man had expected.
The response from almost everybody, even the regular viewers of World Star Hip Hop, a video-aggregating site geared toward a more urban audience, was dismissive of the guy who’d confronted the officers.
The now-deceased 16-year-old black Ohio teen he’d referenced, Ma’Khia Bryant, was fatally shot by police during an incident last week.
While the shooting initially provoked outrage, particularly from Democrats and their media allies, the outrage dampened significantly once it became clear that the officer had opened fire because Bryant had been about to stab another young girl.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 22, 2021
And so because of these facts, very few people continue to blame the police for having opened fire at Bryant. It seems few likewise take issue with the officer in the video up top asking, “Are you going to stab somebody like her?”
Even at World Star Hip Hop, a site whose users are primarily black (54 percent, according to the website data company Quantcast), the general consensus has been that neither the officer who shot Bryant nor the officer who jokingly referenced her stabbing were in the wrong.
“I’m getting confused by my people…. you can’t defend someone attempting to murder another person in front of police, regardless of their age or gender. That sh1t just does not compute. Only h-s get emotional,” the top comment on WSHH’s re-upload of the video up top reads.
Look (*Language warning):
The response on Twitter has been similar, with some pointing out that the officer who opened fire on Bryant is nothing like Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted this week in the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin was a murderer. That Ohio cop potentially saved two young lives. Completely different pic.twitter.com/kQxJgb37sh
— Toy (@ComedyFan1981) April 24, 2021
It’ll go viral, but not for the reason he thinks
— Andrew Diamond (@andrewdfdiamond) April 23, 2021
I like how he says “This shit goin viral.” Like it’ll make a point for him or something.
— John Healey IV (@HealeyIv) April 23, 2021
That Officer needs a medal! 😂
— Joe G. F. (@GiJoe515) April 23, 2021
That Officer is a hero for saying that. That kid needed to hear the truth
— Austin Boyce (@clutchboyce) April 23, 2021
“She called y’all for help”
IDGAF if she called. She was swinging a shank about and was about to use it
How can u be so dense?
— AlonsoHoyt (@alonso_hoyt) April 23, 2021
Now that’s what I call some police brutality.
Can’t get over how you can hear the tough guy act drop and his voice waver after that comeback, don’t dish it if you can’t take it.
— Hihg Speed Kobold (@HihgSpeed) April 23, 2021
To be clear, the guy in the last tweet above was joking when he referred to “police brutality.”
The public’s near-unanimous response to all this seems like a good sign. It shows that support for the police does still exist, despite the loud rhetoric of BLM activists and their allies.
Enough support exists, in fact, that members of the public are still willing to take their side even when a black teen winds up dead, so long as the facts clearly show that the shooting was justified.
Of course, whether or not the police are justified in opening fire isn’t always so easily discernible. At times the issue is complex, and that’s where problems arise.
Recently police in Chicago opened fire on a 13-year-old criminal suspect, Adam Toledo, killing him. His shooting is highly complex because of all the interwoven factors:
- He’d reportedly been shooting at cars.
- He’d fled authorities when they’d tried to speak with him.
- He’d clearly been armed.
- But he’d allegedly dropped his gun at the last minute.
- The officer had feared for his life.
- But Toledo could be seen holding up his hands in bodycam footage.
To some, the evidence points to the shooting having been justified:
CNN’s law enforcement analyst, Chicago police union chief say cop shooting of Adam Toledo justified https://t.co/WXffAQqeNQ
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 16, 2021
But to many others, it doesn’t. What the clip displayed up top seems to demonstrate, however, is that the anger over Toledo’s shooting isn’t necessarily related solely to the fact that he’s a child, because otherwise, so many people wouldn’t be high-fiving the police for how they’d handled the Bryant situation.
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