(4-22-21) The fatal police shooting in Columbus this past week of of Ma’Khia Bryant (16), a Black teenager seen on police video charging at two people with a knife, came within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd’s killing in Minnesota-the incident caused outrage by some over the use of lethal force by Columbus police.
Philip Stinson, a Bowling Green State University professor told the Columbus Dispatch in a story today –
“My first impression is that the officer was legally justified in using deadly force.”
“It’s a terribly tragic situation, and my heart goes out to the girl and her family and friends. But from looking at the video, it appears to me that a reasonable police officer would have had a reasonable apprehension of an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death being imposed against an officer or someone else. That’s the legal standard.”
Jen Psaki the White House press secretary commented on the shooting during her daily briefing –
“We know that police violence disproportionately impacts Black and Latino 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”.
“Our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on and of course to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place at police departments around the country,”
NBA star LeBron James tweet has caused quite a stir on social media –
James later took the Tweet down and tweeted the following –