Security footage of a neighbor shows moments before a white cop from Columbus, Ohio, arrived and killed the black teenager.
On Thursday, new footage emerged during the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl who was killed Tuesday by a white police officer during an alleged altercation in Columbus, Ohio.
Donovan Brinson, who lives across the street from where the accident occurred, had a camera in his garage recording during the events.
The video showed a chaotic scene. Several people gathered on a front lawn and Bryant, brandishing a knife, charged at a person falling backwards, and then lashed out at a second person as the policeman shouted, “Get out!”
New video from a different angle shows the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant as she was hurling herself at another woman with a knife
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 22, 2021
The policeman, who has been identified as Nicholas Reardon, can be heard shooting four times.
Speaking to Fox News, Brinson said he believed the police officer was faced with a complicated situation.
“She could have not fired and the young woman in pink could have been stabbed in the neck or fatally wounded and then she answered and shot and they would have been two young women maybe dead,” Brinson said. “Or he could have responded as he did and unfortunately a lady lost her life in the accident that probably could have been avoided,” she said.
On Wednesday, police released a 10-second body camera clip that begins with Reardon getting out of his car just as Bryant begins hitting the first person with a knife.
After the gunshots, Bryant collapsed against the parked car on the ground, and the knife was seen lying on the curb beside her as an officer crouches beside her to provide medical assistance. She was pronounced dead in the hospital.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said it was “a horrifying and heartbreaking situation”.
His shooting sparked immediate protests in Columbus, which occurred during the announcement of the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last year.
Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against the use of force by the police and sparked a debate on racial equality in the United States.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Ohio State University students held a sit-in and marched through the city to protest Bryant’s death.
His death also caused a stir on social media.
NBA star LeBron James tweeted and then deleted a tweet featuring Reardon’s photo with the words “YOU’RE NEXT” and #ACCOUNTABILITY, apparently implying that Reardon, like Chauvin, should be found guilty in court.
I’m so damn tired of seeing black people killed by the police. I removed the tweet because it is used to create more hatred – This is not an agent. it affects the whole system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more RESPONSIBILITY
– LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
His tweet sparked a scolding from the National Fraternal Order of Police, one of the largest police unions in the country, which called his comments “shameful” and “extremely reckless”.
.@ King James, with his vast resources and influence, he should educate himself and, frankly, he has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before evaluating. This is shameful and extremely reckless.
The officer saved the life of a young girl. No amount of gaslighting will change this fact. pic.twitter.com/GTHn1VAAlf
– National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) April 21, 2021
A funeral was held on Thursday for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who was shot during a traffic stop on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a few miles from the courthouse as it unfolded. the Chauvin process.
“He was a brother, a prankster, he was loved by so many,” said Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother at the funeral. “We will miss him very much.”
Kim Potter, the white police officer accused of her death was charged with second degree manslaughter. The former police chief said Potter accidentally fired his gun when he intended to use his Taser. Potter has resigned from his post.