When 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant brandished a knife at a bystander, the officer arriving at the scene had a split-second decision to make: Does this situation meet the requirement for lethal force?
Several lives were changed in that instant. The Ohio officer’s life was changed, both personally, and in the perception of others. Bryant’s life came to an abrupt end. And another life was most likely saved.
To call it ‘complicated’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
LeBron James wasted no time in rushing to conclusions about another man’s guilt, using his considerable public platform to whip up public anger against him and sympathy against the girl who had been shot dead.
He literally posted a photo of the police officer and wrote, “YOU’RE NEXT”
Read the background on both the shooting (with images from bodycam video) and the Lebron story here: LeBron James Has ‘Dumb Jock Privilege’
It’s true enough that seeing a sixteen-year-old girl shot to death is traumatic. But the circumstances that led to her death were not irrelevant, either.
The Columbus police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in April 2021 will not be charged, a grand jury decided following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Bryant was shot four times in April by Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon as she held and appeared to swing a knife during an altercation with a group of teenage girls.
Police were originally called to the scene for a report of an attempted stabbing. Video from a neighbor’s security camera showed a wider view of the incident, and saw the group get larger as Reardon walks up. Within seconds, things appeared to get more physical and then video shows Reardon reach for his gun and fire it four times as Bryant appeared to swing the knife at another female.
…Following the incident, the a BCI investigation was conducted that included processing the crime scene for evidence, interviewing 19 witnesses and nine law enforcement officers, analyzing 18 items of evidence in the laboratory, reviewing available video of the incident and evaluating the training of involved officers, Attorney General Dave Yost said.
After completing the investigation, BCI then referred the case to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney on July 7, 2021. —News5Cleveland
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