Security footage of a neighbor shows moments before a white Columbus, Ohio policeman arrives and shoots dead a black teenager.
The new footage appeared on Thursday in the shooting and death of police Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl was shot by a white policeman on Tuesday in an alleged chaos in Columbus, Ohio.
Donovan Brinson, who lived across the street from where the incident took place, had a camera in his garage recording the events.
The video shows chaos. Several people were gathered on the lawn ahead and Bryant, swinging his knife, lunged at a person falling backwards, then rushed into the second person as the policeman yelled, “Get down!”
New video from another angle shows moments leading up to Ma’Khia Bryant’s deadly shooting as she dashes with a knife at another woman
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) April 22, 2021
The policeman, who is identified as Nicholas Reardon, can be heard firing four times.
Speaking to Fox News, Brinson said he believes the police officer is facing a complicated situation.
“He might not fire and the young girl in pink could get stabbed in the neck or injured, then retaliate and shoot and that could be two young girls who could die,” Brinson said. . “Or he might have responded the way he did and unfortunately a woman lost her life in the incident that was probably avoidable,” he said.
On Wednesday, police released a 10-second full-body camera clip that started with Reardon getting out of the car just as Bryant started swinging a knife at the first person.
After the shots, Bryant collapsed into the parked car and lay on the ground, and the knife was seen lying on the sidewalk beside her as an officer bent beside her for medical assistance. She is presumed dead in the hospital.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said it was “a horrifying, heartbreaking situation”.
Her shooting caused immediate protests in Columbus, which occurred during the launch session guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, the white policeman was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last year.
Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against the use of police force and fueled a debate about racial equality in America.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Ohio State University students sat down and paraded across the city to protest Bryant’s death.
Her death also caused a stir on social networks.
NBA star LeBron James tweeted and then deleted a tweet featuring Reardon with the words “YOU’RE NEXT” and #ACCOUNTABILITY, seemingly hinting that Reardon, like Chauvin, should be found guilty in court.
I’m too tired to see Blacks killed by the police. I took down the tweet because it was used to create additional hatred – This is not about an officer. it’s about the whole system and they’re always using our words to make more racism. I really desire to have more ACCOUNTING CAPACITY
– LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
His tweet made the National Fraternity Police, one of the largest police associations in the country, who called his comments “disgraceful” and “extremely reckless”. .
.@KingJames, with your vast resources and influence, educate yourself and frankly it is up to you to do so, based on facts before consideration. This is disgraceful and extremely reckless.
The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gas will change that fact. pic.twitter.com/GTHn1VAAlf
– National Fraternity Police Order (FOP) (@GLFOP) April 21, 2021
On Thursday, a funeral was held for Daunte WrightA 20-year-old black man was shot while stopping traffic on April 11 at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, just a few miles from the courthouse like in the trial Chauvin opened.
“He’s a big brother, a joker, he is loved by a lot of people,” said Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother at the funeral. “He will miss it very much.”
Kim Potter, the white policeman charged with death, has been charged with second degree manslaughter. The former sheriff said Potter mistakenly shot her pistol when she was about to use her Taser. Potter has resigned.