Home UK News Ma'Khia Bryant latest - Mom 'plans to SUE' as family blame foster...

Ma’Khia Bryant latest – Mom ‘plans to SUE’ as family blame foster system over cop death


MA’KHIA Bryant’s family is filing a lawsuit demanding justice for the dead teenager who was shot by the police in Columbus, Ohio, it has been claimed.

Bryant’s cousin Deja Torrence told Insider on Friday that her mother Hazel Bryant – Ma’Khia’s aunt – and Ma’Khia’s mother Paula Bryant are considering legal action.

The family is reportedly in talks with a lawyer.

.”Someone has to be held accountable,” Torrence said.

“The family just doesn’t want this to be another senseless killing that goes under the rug and gets overlooked.”

Torrence didn’t mention who the lawsuit will be filed against or when it will be filed.

The 16-year-old Black teen was shot by police in Columbus on Tuesday mere hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of manslaughter and murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

Angela Moore, her foster mom, said Bryant was involved in a fight with two other girls over housekeeping.

“It was over keeping the house clean,” Moore told CNN.

“The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty,'” Moore said. “So that’s how it all started.”

Moore said two of her former foster children had come to their Columbus, Ohio home to celebrate Moore’s birthday when they began arguing with Bryant.

Read our Ma’Khia Bryant shooting blog for the latest news and updates.

  • ‘YOU SHOOT MY BABY’

    After teen Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot in the street, and her body collapsed onto the ground, a man yelled: “No! You ain’t shoot my (expletive) baby! You shot my (expletive) baby!”

    Police officer Nicholas Reardon replied: “She had a knife. She just went at her.”

    A black man, who lives across the street, can be heard yelling in the footage: “You have no respect for life. No, actually, you have no respect for black life.”

    Another neighbor was heard on body camera footage saying: “You ever hear of de-escalating? No, you guys just shoot.”

     

  • ‘GET DOWN’ – COP ORDERS BEFORE SHOOTING

    In those next 11 seconds, Ma’Khia Bryant was seen on surveillance footage charging at 20-year-old Shai-Onta Lana Craig-Watkins with a kitchen knife.

    She then moved on to 22-year-old Tionna Bonner before police officer Reardon yelled, “get down!” and fired four consecutive shots into her chest.

    The teenager’s body collapsed to the ground.

    While cops took turns giving CPR, several neighbors filled the residential street.

    Others stood in their driveways and doorways, shaking their heads.

    Some had heard the fatal gunfire from their backyards, while others were in the middle of unloading groceries from their car.

  • DETAILS OF 911 CALL DURING FIGHT…MORE

    Police officer Nicholas Reardon, who has been on the Columbus, Ohio, force since December 2019, was dispatched three minutes after that 911 call.

    Two other officers, Eric Channel and Serge Akpalo, followed shortly behind.

    “Hey, what’s going on?” Reardon asked upon exiting his vehicle at 4.44pm.

    What should have been a routine day in a quiet Columbus neighborhood was shattered instantly last Tuesday, when a police officer fired four shots at 16-year-old MaKhia Bryant as she swung a knife at a young woman.

  • DETAILS OF 911 CALL DURING FIGHT

    Hours of official police footage and bystander videos detail how the country’s latest tragedy, involving one of its youngest victims, Ma’Khia Bryant unfolded in 35 minutes.

    At 4.32pm last Tuesday, a male dispatcher received a call from a female caller.

    It remains unclear who called 911, but Bryant’s family members told the Associated Press that she herself summoned law enforcement.

    “We got these grown girls over here trying to fight us. Trying to stab us.

    “Trying to put their hands on our grandma”, the caller says as the background filled with female voices screaming and arguing.

    “Get here now!” they urged.

  • CRIPPLING GRIEF

    The grieving mother of Ma’Khia Bryant has likened her loss to the family of Breonna Taylor, tearfully admitting: “now I know what it’s like to lose a child”.

    Paula Bryant’s daughter Ma’Khia, 16, was shot dead by police in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday during an apparent knife fight sparked by an unmade at her foster home.

    The teen’s death came mere hours after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

    Paula Bryant said she was at the dentist when she got the call about what happened to Ma’Khia.

    “This is so unreal, the hurt that I feel, I’m devastated. I was shocked when I heard the news. It was unbelievable,” she told CNN. “No parent should have to go through this.”

  • ‘NO PROOF’

    Kayleigh McEnany has slammed Jen Psaki for “damaging” comments on the fatal Ma’Khia Bryant shooting that tied the teen’s death to race.

    The ex-White House secretary for former US President Donald Trump condemned her replacement for “demonising” the officer involved and “dubbing the police as racist.”

    The 16-year-old black teen was shot by police in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, mere hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of manslaughter and murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

    Angela Moore, her foster mom, said Bryant was involved in a fight with two other girls over housekeeping.

    Psaki told reporters on Wednesday: “She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family in the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss.

    “We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people in communities, and that black women and girls – like black men and boys – experience higher rates of police violence. We also know that there are particular vulnerabilities that children in foster care, like Ma’Khia, face.”

  • TWEET STORM

    Basketball superstar LeBron James’s threatening “YOU’RE NEXT” tweet wasn’t flagged by Twitter for violating its policies – with Trump describing the post as “racist”.

    LeBron sent the tweet – featuring a photo of white Colombus, Ohio, police officer Nicolas Reardon – following the fatal cop shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant on Tuesday.

    But the deletion was not prompted by any outrage by Twitter’s normally-censorial overseers, it emerged on Friday.

    That is despite the platform having suspended or banned accounts like former-president Trump.

    “Our teams cannot evaluate deleted Tweets since they no longer exist on the service”, according to an email response received by The Washington Times.

  • COPS OUT

    Seven North Carolina cops have been suspended and three have quit after two days of protests following the police shooting of dad-of-10 Andrew Brown Jr as he was driving away – as pressure grows on officers to release bodycam footage.

    “I’m working tirelessly to make sure this sheriff’s office stays afloat,” Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office Tommy Wooten told WAVY.com on Friday after confirming the total number of deputies – including the deputy who fired the shot that killed Brown – were off patrol pending the outcome of a state’s investigation.

    “We have other sheriff’s offices coming in and rotating shifts with my people.”

  • CONTINUED – MA’KHIA ‘LAWSUIT’ 

    Both Bryant’s biological mother, Paula, and Torrence’s mother, Hazel Bryant, are in close communication since the devastating news hit them on Tuesday.

    The specifics as to who would be put on legal notice and when remain unclear.

    However, the cousin fingered the foster system for failing Ma’Khia Bryant for they had custody over her when she was slain.

  • MA’KHIA ‘LAWSUIT’ 

    The grieving kin of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant who died after being struck by an Ohio cop’s gunshots on Tuesday believes the foster family system failed her and is looking to sue.

    The family has already started the process of consulting with an attorney and plans on moving forward to take legal action.

    “Someone has to be held accountable,” the late teen’s cousin, Deja Torrence, said in an interview with Insider, without being specific as to who that might be.

    “The family just doesn’t want this to be another senseless killing that goes under the rug and gets overlooked.”

  • ACTIVISTS ARE CALLING FOR PROTESTS THIS WEEKEND

    Activists are organizing a protest in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday in the wake of Ma’khia Bryant’s death. 

    Activist group People’s Justice Project called for people to gather at Goodale Park in the city during the weekend to demand justice for Bryant and protest against the Columbus Police Department. 

    “Join us 4/25 to demand justice for Ma’Khia Bryant and for all of our children that have been murdered by CPD!” the group said in a Tweet on Friday.

  • MA’KHIA BRYANT’S FAMILY ‘CONSIDERING LAWSUIT’

    Ma’Khia Bryant’s family is filing a lawsuit demanding justice for the dead teenager who was shot by the police in Columbus, Ohio, it has been claimed.

    Bryant’s cousin Deja Torrence told Insider on Friday that her mother Hazel Bryant and Ma’Khia’s mother Paula Bryant are considering legal action.

    The family is currently in talks with a lawyer, according to Insider.

    “Someone has to be held accountable,” Torrence told Insider. “The family just doesn’t want this to be another senseless killing that goes under the rug and gets overlooked.”

    Torrence didn’t mention who the lawsuit will be filed against or when it will be filed.

  • MA’KHIA BRYANT’S DEATH IS AN ‘UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY’, SAYS OFFICIAL 

    The Director of Columbus Department of Public Safety Ned Pettus described the shooting as an “unspeakable tragedy for everyone involved.”

    In a video on YouTube, Pettus said that details of the incident are still limited at the time being as it is undergoing an investigation that is focused on finding facts of the shooting. 

    “We have to recognize that to our Black friends and neighbors, this is yet another grievous, emotional wound on top of so many that have preceded it,” he said. 

    “Our Black community is emotionally exhausted,” he added. 

    Pettus stressed that recognizing the pain of the black community is equally important as pushing for answers, transparency, and accountability.

    “We can’t lose sight of the history of trauma and pain in our black community. We have to face that and work to heal it,” he said.

  • ‘SHE WAS A GOOD STUDENT’: FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE  SAID ABOUT HIS COUSIN MA’KHIA

    Former Mansfield Mayoral candidate and Ma’Khia’s older cousin Don Bryant said that the 16-year-old was on a “straightforward path with grades.”

    Bryant said that Ma’Khia was caring and offered to help him with his campaign when he was running for higher office as mayor, according to 10TV News.

    He said he is used to dealing with public affairs and media outlets but described his cousin’s shooting as “overwhelming.”

    “She was caring, smart, and a good person and she liked to do different hairstyles,” he told 10TV News  as he remembered his cousin.

    Bryant will be working with Ma’Khia’s grieving family, especially her mother Paula in going through the coming days. 

  • ACTIVISTS ARE CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO COLUMBUS POLICING PRACTICES 

    Some activists in Ohio are pushing for a federal probe to investigate Columbus police’s practices following the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.

    Activists want the Department of Justice to launch an investigation similar to the one that the Biden administration announced this week which will look into the Minneapolis policing practices, according to NBC News.

    “Now that we’re here and we’ve had a consistent decade of patterns and practices of ineptitude and racism, our call is for the Justice Department to investigate,” Jasmine Ayres, a community organizer told NBC.

    Hana Abdur-Rahim is another activist who agrees that the Department of Justice should launch a probe that investigates policing habits in Columbus, according to NBC. 

    Abdur-Rahim is filing a lawsuit against Columbus police alleging that an officer used excessive force by pepper-spraying her during a protest in 2017.

    Black residents, who make up around 28% of Columbus’ population, made around half of all use-of-force incidents from 2015 to 2019, according to a city data report.  

  • MORE THAN 37,000 SIGN PETITION DEMANDING ‘JUSTICE FOR MA’KHIA’

    More than 37,000 people have signed a petition calling for “justice” for Ma’Khia Bryant.

    The petition page reads: “On April 20th 2021, another beautiful black life was stolen from us when a white police officer with Columbus Police Department shot and killed 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant outside her home. Ma’Khia was being attacked and called the police for help. 

    “We will not let Ma’Khia become just another hashtag.

    “Justice would mean that Ma’Khia would still be alive, safe in her home with her family. Ma’Khia was an honor roll student and was loved deeply by her friends and family.  

    “The undersigned of this petition demand that the State of Ohio, City of Columbus and the Columbus Police Department immediately terminate and arrest the officer who fatally shot Ma’Khia, not once but four times.”

  • RECAP: HOW DID MA’KHIA BRYANT DIE?

    Police arrived at a home on Legion Lane, Ohio at about 4.44pm after receiving a call at 4.32pm that a woman was attempting to stab someone.

    Police bodycamera video from the incident showed two females in an argument, as one was thrown to the ground.

    The female who was standing appeared to have a weapon in her hand – which police said was a knife – and moved against a vehicle with another female.

    As the pair moved toward the vehicle the girl, who cops say had the knife, raised her arm.

    Someone could be heard yelling “Get down!” multiple times as an officer immediately pulled out his gun and fired multiple shots.

    The female then collapsed on the ground. She was identified by family as 16-year-old black girl named Ma’khia Bryant.

  • CANDACE OWENS CALLS SLAIN TEEN A ‘KNIFE-WIELDING MANIAC’

    Candace Owens has shockingly branded Ma’K hia Bryant, who was killed by police, a “knife-wielding maniac” – and called the cop who shot her dead a “hero”.

    The controversial right-wing commentator shared her opinions of the incident on Twitter, writing: “Makhia Bryant was a knife-wielding maniac.

    “But the goal now is to convince black people to celebrate criminality so I’m really excited to learn about how heroic, kind, and inspiring this knife-wielding maniac was.”

    Owens’ remarks drew a great deal of backlash, with journalist Imara Jones pointing out that Bryant “was 16”.

    “I do not care,” Owens thundered back in response. “Normal sixteen year olds do not attempt to butcher another human being to death with a knife. Neither her skin color or her age absolves her from any guilt. The responding officer is a hero.”

     

  • ROW OVER CLEANING ESCALATED IN STREET

    On Thursday, Angela Moore, who was fostering Ma’Khia, revealed the teen had been feuding with two other girls over an unmade bed shortly before the fight that would end her life.

    Moore said two of her former foster children had come to her home in Columbus on Tuesday to celebrate her birthday when the young women and Ma’Khia began arguing over housekeeping.

    “It was over keeping the house clean,” Moore said. “The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty. So that’s how it all started.”

    “You’re not the guardian of me,” Bryant apparently told one of the girls, Moore said when recounting the story.

    “They argue all the time,” Moore recalled, “but I never thought it would escalate like that.”

  • DEATH OF MA’KHIA ‘LIKE LOSS OF BREONNA TAYLOR’

    The grieving mother of Ma’Khia Bryant has likened her loss to the family of Breonna Taylor, tearfully admitting: “now I know what it’s like to lose a child”.

    Paula Bryant’s daughter Ma’Khia, 16, was shot dead by police in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday during an apparent knife fight sparked by an unmade at her foster home.

    “I’ve always had sympathy for the Breonna Taylor story, and the family and her friends and her situation,” Paula said. “Now I know what it feels like to lose a child.”

    Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot dead in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020, when police served a no-knock warrant in the middle of the night.

    Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed they were being robbed when three officers stormed inside. He fired once, striking an officer in the leg. The cops returned fire with a hail of bullets, striking Taylor six times.

    Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot dead by police in Kentucky last March inside her home
    Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot dead by police in Kentucky last March inside her home
  • MA’KHIA ‘ANGEL IN HEAVEN’

    Ma’Khia Bryant’s mom really wants the wider public to focus on the good things in her 16-year-old daughter’s short life.

    Paula Bryant, the teen’s biological mother, told CNN she’s keen for others “to remember Ma’Khia… the good things about Ma’Khia, the loving things about Ma’Khia,”

    “Ma’Khia I believe is in heaven. She’s an angel.”

     

  • MA’KHIA BRYANT ‘HOPED TO MOVE BACK IN WITH HER BIOLOGICAL MOM’

    Ma’Khia Bryant had only moved into a foster care home, where her younger sister had been staying, on Valentine’s Day this year.

    Angela Moore, who provided foster care for the girls, told The New York Times that before she was killed this week, Bryant would often say she hoped to one day live again with her mom.

    “That’s all she said, was, ‘I want to be with my mom’,” Moore told the outlet.

  • MA’KHIA BRYANT ‘JUST A CHILD’ – JEN PSAKI

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday: “She was a child.

    “We’re thinking of her friends and family in the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss.

    “We know that police violence disproportionately impacts black and Latino people in communities, and that black women and girls – like black men and boys – experience higher rates of police violence.

    “We also know that there are particular vulnerabilities that children in foster care, like Ma’Khia, face.”

  • KAYLEIGH MCENANY SLAMS JEN PSAKI FOR ‘DEMONISING COPS’

    Angry Kayleigh McEnany has slammed Jen Psaki for ‘damaging’ comments on the fatal Ma’Khia Bryant shooting that tied the teen’s death to race.

    The ex White House secretary for former US President Donald Trump condemned her replacement for “demonising” and “dubbing the police as racist”.

    McEnany said on Fox News Outnumbered that Psaki “holds an incredible megaphone here.

    “And to demonise this officer, to dub the police as racist which is basically what she did by saying that act was not justified or merited when this young girl was about to lose her life at the end of a knife, it’s so damaging.

    “[Psaki] has not only gone that far, she’s gone even further to directly tie this to race without evidence, without proof.”

  • MICHIGAN REP RASHIDA TALIB SAYS MA’KHIA BRYANT’S TIKTOK ‘BREAKS’ HER

    Michigan Rep Rashida Talib took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant and comment on the girl’s TikTok videos — which are now being widely shared online.

    The teen would share lighthearted videos on TikTok, where she did things like hair tutorials.

    “Ma’Khia’s TikTok videos show her childhood and joy,” Talib wrote.

    “Her smile at the end of the videos just breaks me a little more.”



RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments