Another horrible incident reported involving a black teenager being shot by the police in broad daylight. To make matters worse, after the shooting one police officer was seen shouting at the crowd "blue lives matter."
A disturbing incident reported where a black teenager was shot by the police saw a cop shouting ‘blue lives matter’ at the scene.
Ma’Khia Bryant, 16-year-old, from Columbus, Ohio, was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon, April 20. Police arrived at the crime scene after receiving a call from the teen reporting for an attempted stabbing.
Bryant was shot by the police after she failed to listen to the police and lunged at another person with a knife in her hand. After the tragic incident, one police officer was seen shouting at the bystanders 'blue lives matter.'
In a Facebook video posted by Tay Jones, officers can be seen standing behind police tape, before one appears to say ‘blue lives matter’ to the upset crowd around them. This prompts immediate anger, with one person responding: ‘It’s an insult, especially at this place right now.’
As the video has been circulating on the online platform and has been viewed more than a million times, the police officer in question is facing criticism for his highly insensitive comment.
‘Those police are so cowardly and clearly scared. If they genuinely thought it was a justified shooting, would they be so scared and defensive? I think not,’ one user wrote.
Bystander video shows the aftermath of the killing of 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant by Columbus police, minutes before Derek Chauvin was found guilty— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) April 21, 2021
Apparently *she called the cops for help*—but they killed her, then taunted neighbors & family members by saying "Blue Lives Matter" pic.twitter.com/MEPkuoVn6A
The killing of the teenager comes only an hour before Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of Geroge Floyd, another black person who was brutally murdered in broad delight and his unjust death sparked worldwide protests and gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Another commented: ‘Killing a 15yo who called police for help and then telling neighbours that Blue lives matter right after the Chauvin verdict stinks of retribution.’
The bodycam footage, in which a man can be heard shouting ‘she’s just a f*cking kid, man!’ as she falls to the ground, was released by interim Columbus police chief Michael Woods within hours of the incident in the interest of ‘transparency’.
The officer who shot the teen hasn’t been identified, but has been ‘taken off the street’ pending a full investigation into the incident, Reuters reports.
“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
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has since opened an inquiry into the case, with public safety director Ned Pettus Jr. asking for calm after a ‘devastating’ loss of life.
During a news conference, he said: ‘Fast, quick answers cannot come at the cost of accurate answers. BCI will conduct a fully independent investigation, which will be made public. If an officer has violated policy or the law, if they have, they will be held accountable.’
While Mayor Andrew Ginther expressed it was a ‘horrible, heartbreaking situation’ and ‘tragic day in the city of Columbus’, he also said the officer ‘took action to protect another young girl in our community’.
Columbus police just showed the body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant at the press conference. A man can be heard yelling in the video "SHE'S A FUCKING KID!"— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 21, 2021
The cop who shot her will be taken off the street during the investigation pic.twitter.com/zrwG9RlN7W