Police officer killed teen but truth died, too

Friday, April 23, 2021
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Columbus, Ohio knife attackA longtime law enforcement officer, who routinely defends the difficult job police officers face every day, says he was stunned by reactions after a police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding black teenager just as she was attempting to stab another girl.

“The officer literally had seconds to make a life-and-death decision,” Law Enforcement News spokesman Randy Sutton says of the chaotic scene outside a home in Columbus, Ohio, “and interpreted the facts exactly as they were.”

The fatal shooting of the 16-year-old attacker, Ma’Khia Bryant, was captured on the police officer’s body camera. The footage shows the officer fire four times as Bryant was moments away from plunging a large knife into the side of a second black teenager who was unarmed and pinned against a car.

The police officer, who was responding to a frantic 9-1-1 call about a knife attack, rolled up to the scene just as Bryant was attacking someone else before she jumped off the ground and charged at the second girl.

Despite the camera footage, much of the Left has reacted with jaw-dropping comments that defended the attacker, ignored the weapon, and shamed the gun-shooting cop for taking the life of a black person.

“We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people and communities,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters in prepared statement. “Black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence.”

Psaki also referred to Bryant as a “child” in the same statement.

Elsewhere in politics and the media, MSNBC host Joy Reid suggested on-air that she had witnessed knife fights in high school in which a teacher was able to “defuse” the fight and no gun was ever used.

Responding to the attack on Fox News, Juan Williams suggested the police officer should have shot into the air as a warning for Bryant to drop the knife.

In a Twitter post, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown pointed out that a “sixteen-year-old-girl” had been shot and killed by a Columbus police officer as the jury verdict was being read for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin.

“Her name was Ma’Khia Bryant. She should be alive right now,” he wrote.

On the Ohio State University campus, students marched to protest Bryant's killing (pictured below) and demanded that the university ends its partnership with the Columbus Police Department. 

Among all the reactions to the shooting, NBA standout LeBron James likely created the biggest reaction. He used his Twitter account to post a photo of the as-yet unidentified police officer. "You're next," James wrote. 

Second video shows knife attack

Approximately 24 hours after the knife attack and fatal shooting, the Left’s narrative only eroded farther after a surveillance camera from a nearby home shows the incident. In that footage, Bryant can be seen in the driveway screaming “I’m gonna stab the [expletive] out of you” moments before attacking the first person.

The responding police officer can also be seen, gun still holstered, as he attempts to break up the attack right in front of him. In a matter of about five to six seconds, Bryant jumps up and attacks the second girl, however, and the officer fatally shoots her.  

Among the network news channels, NBC News solely edited the body camera footage so viewers never saw Bryant’s knife attack while audiences at ABC and CBS saw the entire footage that included the knife attack.

Like the NBC News version, NPR’s online story describes the police officer’s actions, moment by moment, but fails to state that Bryant was attacking the second girl with a knife.

Ohio State protest fatal shootingIn both news stories, despite the camera footage, the knife is described as simply lying on the ground.

Sutton says only minutes had passed after the shooting for the “usual suspects” to claim a police officer had murdered another innocent black person.

Jason Johnson of Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund tells One News Now that, truthfully speaking, no one really believes what happened on Legion Lane was an unjustified shooting of an innocent black teen.

And that, he says, leads to a terrible conclusion.

“The misinformation program is so pervasive, and so widespread,” he concludes, “that you have to believe that this is an intentional effort to create a perception that is so at odds with fact that it's steering us in another policy direction.”

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