Footage from a neighbor's security camera was released on Thursday that sheds more light on the Columbus police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as she was about to stab another black girl. The shooting has become the latest police incident to anger Democrats and some in the mainstream media.
The video shows the officer pulling up to the scene. While the officer gets out of the car and walks up to the driveway, the people involved in the incident are not actively fighting, but are shouting. Bryant lunges, knife in hand, at someone and can be heard screaming, "I'm going to stab the f**k out of you, b***h!"
That is when the officer pulls out his handgun, tells people to get down, and shots Bryant as she is about to stab the girl in pink. It takes about 12 seconds from the time the officer gets out of the car till the first shot is fired, highlighting how quickly a situation can spiral out of control.
BREAKING!— SCUBA MIKE?? (@scuba2024) April 22, 2021
Neighbors security camera shows Columbus cop had NO CHOICE but to shoot! pic.twitter.com/OIORidEiS2
Another body camera footage shows an officer escorting the girl in pink away from the scene.
"She f***ing came at me with a knife," the girl said.
"She came at you with a knife earlier?" the officer asked.
"She just did. That is why the police did it. She came after me," she replied.
Bodycam footage following the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant.— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 22, 2021
Potential victim: "She f***ing came at me with a knife."
Officer: "She came at you with a knife earlier?"
Potential victim: "She just did. That is why the police did it. She came after me." pic.twitter.com/tg0oi0sBRx
Depsite the video evidence, the BLM movement has latched onto the Bryant shooting, saying the knife was not a big deal and the officer should have done more to deescalate the situation.
Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES (@BreeNewsome) April 21, 2021