Source: Evan James
The timing was incredible: Shortly before a jury pronounced Derek Chauvin’s fate on Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old black girl named Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. A large crowd gathered almost immediately and a protest took place downtown later that night.
But to many Americans it was clear from the get-go that the officer who shot Bryant was 100 percent justified. Police body cam footage captured Bryant lunging at two women with a knife and obvious intent to cause serious harm or death.
Some despicable agitating, race-baiting, and excuse-making persisted through Wednesday, but by Thursday cooler heads have prevailed. Security camera footage lends additional credence to Nicholas Reardon’s decision to shoot Ma’Khia Bryant, and major news networks are beginning to change their coverage of it.
Donovan Brinson, a military veteran and neighbor of Bryant, said his home security camera captured the entire incident and clearly shows that Columbus police saved the life of the young woman whom Bryant attacked—and perhaps the lives of others as well.
“He could have either not fired and the young lady in pink could have been stabbed in the neck and brutally or fatally injured and then he could shot [Bryant] and we could have had two [young women] dead—or he could have responded in the way that he did and one young lady lost her life,” he told Fox News Thursday morning.
And on Thursday morning’s episode of “New Day,” CNN law enforcement analyst Anthony Barkdale told hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar that “the officer did his job, and we need to start looking at each incident as its own incident.” Berman then replied as follows:
“I’m so glad you said that. I’m so glad you put it that way. Because we have to be able to say that, ‘Yes, things are a tragedy. Something can be tragic and not necessarily call into question the entire way that an officer responded.’ And you say, ‘Look, we’ve got to look at each of these cases differently.’”
LeBron James also deleted his outrageous Wednesday tweet that targeted Officer Reardon and said “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”