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Killing of Ma'Khia Bryant

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Killing of Ma'Khia Bryant
Part of 2020–2021 United States racial unrest
Incident location
DateApril 20, 2021 (2021-04-20)
Time4:45 p.m. EDT
LocationColumbus, Ohio, United States
Coordinates39°54′56.6″N 82°50′22.8″W / 39.915722°N 82.839667°W / 39.915722; -82.839667Coordinates: 39°54′56.6″N 82°50′22.8″W / 39.915722°N 82.839667°W / 39.915722; -82.839667
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TypeShooting
ParticipantsOfficer Nicholas Reardon
DeathsMa'Khia Bryant

On April 20, 2021, Ma'Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old African-American girl, was fatally shot by Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon in Columbus, Ohio.[1] Body camera and security camera footage released after the shooting shows Bryant, with a knife, charging one person then another as she was shot.[2][3][4] The officers applied medical treatment and Bryant was transported to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 pm EDT. The incident is under investigation.[5]

The shooting of Bryant gained attention for occurring less than half an hour before the guilty verdict of State v. Chauvin was announced,[6] as well as for occurring as the United States was grappling with other cases of police killings of young people of color, including Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo.[7] Reactions have included protests.[8]

People involved[edit]

Ma'Khia Bryant[edit]

Ma'Khia Bryant was a 16-year-old African-American girl who lived in Columbus. She was in foster care with the Franklin County Children Services system.[9][10]

Nicholas Reardon[edit]

Nicholas Reardon was hired by the Columbus Division of Police in December 2019.[9]

Background[edit]

Franklin County, where Bryant was killed, has one of the highest rates of fatal police shootings in the U.S.[11] Several Columbus police officers had recently been involved in controversial fatal shootings, including the killing of Andre Hill in December 2020, in which the officer was later charged with felony murder.[12]

Incident[edit]

External video
Columbus Police show body cam footage of officer shooting, killing teen girl, YouTube video by NBC4 Columbus

Bryant lived in foster care at the home of Angela Moore. On April 20, 2021, two of Moore's former foster children, who were young women, had come over to celebrate Moore's birthday. When Moore came home from work she was told that Bryant and the two young women were arguing about housekeeping.[13]

Around 4:45 pm EDT, officers from the Columbus Division of Police responded to a 911 call reporting an attempted stabbing at a foster home.[13][1] It is not yet clear who originally placed the call.[2]

As Officer Reardon arrived at the home, footage from multiple angles showed several people in the driveway, including Bryant emerging from behind the house. Bryant pushed over a woman in front of Officer Reardon and fell over her. As Bryant got up, Officer Reardon drew his service weapon. The woman who was pushed over was then kicked by a man. Bryant then yelled to a girl standing next to a nearby car "I'm gonna stab the fuck out of you" and lunged toward the second girl brandishing a knife and pinning the girl to the car.[3][1][2][14] As she did this, officer Reardon can be heard shouting "get down!" several times before firing four shots, striking Bryant before was able to stab the second woman. Bryant immediately collapsed in the driveway, and police officers administered CPR until emergency responders arrived.[1][2][15] She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.[2] The shooting occurred less than half an hour before the judge read the verdict convicting former police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd.[6]

Reactions[edit]

Protesters in Downtown Columbus on the night of the incident

Later that evening, Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods held a press conference about the shooting. Woods stated that the department's use of force policies permitted deadly force to protect the officer's own life or the life of another person. Investigation of the shooting has been transferred to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Andrew Ginther, the mayor of Columbus, said that "based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community", calling the shooting a tragic day.[16] Later, in another press conference, Ginther called the situation a failure.[17]

Experts on use of force policies stated that the body camera footage gave the impression that Reardon acted with a reasonable use of force that is legally justified. Those interviewed include Philip Stinson, a Bowling Green State University criminal justice professor and James Scanlon, a CPD veteran and former trainer who has served as an expert witness at use-of-force trials. The two described that guns are an appropriate response to situations involving lethal force, and that police are trained to target a person's center mass, in order to effectively neutralize the threat. Stinson stated that if Reardon failed to act, it would likely have led to serious bodily harm or death.[18] Geoffrey Alpert and Seth Stoughton, criminology and criminal justice professors at the University of South Carolina, also gave personal assessments that the use of deadly force seemed appropriate.[9]

Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, told reporters that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the situation.[19] She said that the shooting was tragic, making reference to higher rates of police violence experienced by Black and Latino communities, as well as the particular vulnerabilities of children in foster care.[20] Psaki said the government focus is on working to address "systemic racism and implicit bias".[21] Senators Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock commented that the killing pointed to the need for police reform.[22] Professional basketball player LeBron James tweeted with the hashtag #Accountability, and an image of video shot in Columbus, Ohio, writing "You're next", as a nod to the conviction of Derek Chauvin; after "a flurry of outrage and accusations", James deleted the tweet.[23]

Protesters marching on April 21

About 50 protesters gathered in Downtown Columbus on the night of the shooting; more gathered as they marched to the police headquarters to protest the shooting.[10]

On April 21, Woods held another press conference, during which two 911 calls relating to the shooting were played. During the first, the caller tells the dispatcher that there were girls trying to stab them. More body camera footage was also released. Mayor Ginther said that the footage from the cruiser camera would be released later that day or the following morning.[24]

At 2 p.m. on April 21, over 500 Ohio State University students marched from the Ohio Union to the Ohio Statehouse,[25] chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "Say her name".[26] More than 150 protesters gathered for a vigil for Bryant followed by a march to Columbus Division of Police headquarters later that day.[25] At 9:30 p.m., a group of between 200 and 250 protesters marched to the Ohio Judicial Center.[26]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruner, Bethany. "Ma'Khia Bryant shooting: Columbus police release 911 calls, ID of officer involved". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-21. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Welsh-Huggins, Andrew; Amiri, Farnoush (21 April 2021). "Police kill Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, who attacked 2 with knife". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vera, Amir; Moshtaghian, Artemis (2021-04-21). "Ohio police officer shot and killed a Black teenage girl holding a knife, police say and bodycam video shows". CNN. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-21. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Security camera shows wide-angle of deadly police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant". WSYX. 2021-04-22. Archived from the original on April 23, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Al-Arshani, Sarah; Jankowicz, Mia (21 April 2021). "Columbus, Ohio, police release graphic bodycam footage of Ma'Khia Bryant shooting". Insider. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Amiri, Farnoush; Welsh-Huggins, Andrew (26 April 2021). "Recordings show chaos surrounding Ma'Khia Bryant shooting". Associated Press. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  7. Gamar, Maryam. "The history of police killing children in America". Vox. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Protests across Columbus following fatal police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant". USA Today. 22 April 2021. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Williams, Kevin; Healy, Jack; Wright, Will (April 21, 2021). "'A Horrendous Tragedy': The Chaotic Moments Before a Police Shooting in Columbus". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. 10.0 10.1 DiTrolio, Megan (April 22, 2021). "A Columbus Police Offer Shot and Killed Ma'Khia Bryant. Here's What We Know". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on April 23, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Gabbatt, Adam (21 April 2021). "Ohio county where girl, 16, was killed is state's deadliest for police shootings". The Guardian. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Will Wright, Lucia Walinchus and Kevin Williams (April 22, 2021). "Columbus Grapples With Police Shootings That Have Taken Black Lives". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 23, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN, Ray Sanchez, Mark Morales and Jason Carroll. "Ma'Khia Bryant argued about housekeeping before fatal police shooting, foster parent says". CNN. Archived from the original on April 23, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. https://twitter.com/MattWalshBlog/status/1385305451428990978?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1385305451428990978%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fmakhia-bryants-life-mattered-black-lives-matter-release-statement-say-another-black-life-stolen
  15. Vigdor, Neil; Pietsch, Bryan (20 April 2021). "Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Officials Say". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Romo, Vanessa; Diaz, Jaclyn (20 April 2021). "Columbus Police Shoot and Kill Black, Teenage Girl". NPR. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "'This Is A Failure', Columbus Mayor Says After Death of Ma'Khia Bryant". The New York Times. April 21, 2021. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Futty, John. "'No opportunity' to de-escalate: Use-of-force experts say Columbus officer obeyed training in shooting Ma'Khia Bryant". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. Villareal, Alexandra (April 21, 2021). "Biden briefed on 'tragic' police killing of Ma'Khia Bryant, White House says". The Guardian. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  22. Ludlow, Randy; Hawkins, Derek; Firozi, Paulina; Olorunnipa, Toluse (April 21, 2021). "Fatal police shooting of Black teenager in Columbus sparks new outcry". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 21, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  23. "LeBron James deletes tweet targeting officer in Ma'Khia Bryant shooting". Global News. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  24. NBC4 Staff (21 April 2021). "More body camera video released from fatal shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant by Columbus police officer". NBC4. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  25. 25.0 25.1 Hendrix, Sheridan; Zachariah, Holly; Lagatta, Eric (April 21, 2021). "Protests, vigil take place across Columbus one day after Ma'Khia Bryant shooting". The Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Protesters gather downtown following fatal Columbus police shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant". WBNS-TV. April 21, 2021. Archived from the original on April 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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