‘Say her name: Ma’Khia Bryant’: Teen shot, killed by cop minutes before Derek Chauvin conviction

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Black skin often means being unable to breathe a sigh of relief in America, even after a rare instance of white police officers being held accountable for their brutality against Black people. There always seems to be another case, another death, and another white cop protected. Just minutes before former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, a white police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a 16-year-old Black girl while responding to a call about a threatened fight.

Ma’Khia Bryant died on Tuesday, the same day Columbus police officials released disturbing video of her shooting and her body lying in the street as first responders tried to help her. She was an honor student who “promoted peace,” her mother Paula Bryant told local news station 10TV. The officer who shot her, however, could be heard on the footage accusing the teen of coming at someone with a knife. 

Paula Bryant tells me her 16 year-old daughter Ma’Khia Bryant was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Ma’Khia was shot and killed by a @ColumbusPolice on Legion Lane at 4:30p today. pic.twitter.com/0FfbQVEgSD

— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021

I’ve decided not to embed the police video in this story, which is replayed in slow motion. If you choose to watch it, be advised it is extremely triggering. Interim police chief Michael Woods said during a news conference that normally the department doesn’t provide such information so soon “but we understand the public’s need, desire, and expectation to have transparency upon what happened.”

He said officers were dispatched at 4:32 PM when a caller said females were trying to stab them and “put their hands on them.” When officers arrived two minutes later, the footage shows someone pushing another person, who rolled to the ground in the direction of the officer that fired his gun. At that point, shouts of “get down, get down” could be heard. Then, video shows an officer aiming his gun beyond the two people in the altercation and firing four times. Someone on the scene yelled at the officer: “She’s a f—–g kid.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a statement released on Twitter hours after the teen’s death that officials are reviewing body-camera footage in the incident and that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is conducting an independent investigation. “We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” Ginther said. “I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”

— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings. We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available. I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.

— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 20, 2021

Ma’Khia’s death sparked immediate protests in Columbus. “Say her name: Ma’Khia Bryant,” a crowd chanted in one video of demonstrators. 

“SAY HER NAME”: Protesters marched in the streets of Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday night after a police officer shot and killed a Black teenage girl, identified by her family as 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant https://t.co/kTmUgur31Q pic.twitter.com/Rj3rn2JXb8

— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the shooting “tragic” during a briefing on Wednesday. “She was a child,” Psaki said. “We’re thinking of her friends and family and the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss.

“We know that police violence disproportionately impacts Black and Latino people and communities and that Black women and girls, like Black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.”

The White House addresses the killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant: “We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people and communities and that black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.” pic.twitter.com/DSDr3NGsNL

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 21, 2021

Ma’Khia was in foster care, which Psaki noted in her remarks. “We also know that there are particular vulnerabilities that children in foster care like Ma’Khia face, and her death came, as you noted, just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached,” Psaki said. “So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head-on and of course to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place at police departments around the country.”

Biden called Chauvin’s conviction “a giant step forward on the march towards justice in America” but also mentioned, “what we must do in his memory.” The president didn’t get into specifics, but Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will open a civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department focused on whether the department “engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that Chauvin was acting outside of department standards in detaining Floyd. The ex-cop is now being held “for his safety” in a segregated housing unit at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights until his sentencing, which is slated in about eight weeks, CNN reported

The guilty verdict does not bring back George Floyd. But through the family’s pain, they are finding purpose so George’s legacy will not be just about his death, but about what we must do in his memory. pic.twitter.com/swjH0yprjN

— President Biden (@POTUS) April 21, 2021

View other posts on social media about Ma’Khia:

“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

Roof killed 9 Black people & got Burger King. Bryant killed no one & got 4 bullets to her chest. That’s not justice—it’s white supremacy. Black kids are 6X more likely to be shot dead by police. Columbus PD has killed the third most number of kids of any city nationwide. Enough.

— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@QasimRashid) April 21, 2021

This is Ma’Khia Bryant. ⁣ ⁣ A child. ⁣ ⁣ She was 16, actually. ⁣She was just shot to death by police in Columbus, Ohio— police she called for help. pic.twitter.com/zL2uGwGECb

— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) April 21, 2021

Ma’Khia Bryant was a child. We must keep up the demands for accountability, for justice, for an end to the inequity that continues to define every moment of life for Black America. Now, more than ever. https://t.co/ZqetZMlSq3

— Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) April 21, 2021

Ma’khia Bryant is proof we need COMMUNITY policing. Cops that know us cuz they from around us. He could’ve stopped that fight and done some intervention but he immediately saw a threat. On top of that she didn’t even know he pulled up. He didn’t make his presence known.

— Kelsey Haynes (@KDHaynesPR) April 21, 2021

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

From Daily Kos at Read More. This article is republished from DailyKos under an open content license. Read the original article at DailyKos.

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