Benjamin Crump: Columbus Police Shot ‘Unarmed’ Ma’Khia Bryant

Attorney Benjamin Crump addresses the National Association of Black Journalists, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Detroit. Crump talked on litigating cases of black men killed by police and the social impact. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Attorney Benjamin Crump tweeted Tuesday evening that police in Columbus, Ohio, had shot an “unarmed” Ma’Khia Bryant, though body camera footage later released by police to the media appeared to show that the teenager was armed with a knife.

Screenshot from bodycam video showing the knife laying beside the teenage girl shot by police.

Screenshot from bodycam video showing the knife laying beside the teenage girl shot by police (Columbus PD)

Crump, a civil rights attorney who frequently represents the families of those killed by police, jumped to conclusions:

But as Breitbart News’ Bob Price reported Tuesday night, Bryant appeared to have been armed — and attacking another girl:

The Columbus Division of Police released a bodycam video showing Tuesday’s shooting of a young black girl who appeared to be armed with a knife. The video appears to show the girl fighting with another girl as the officer opens fire.

The knife can be seen in the girl’s hand as she appears to attempt to stab the girl in pink. The officer fires his weapon and the girl falls to the ground. The video shows the knife laying beside her.

It appears the officer shot to save the life of the girl in pink.

The shooting, which came shortly after former Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the 2020 death of George Floyd, provoked protests in Columbus.

Police and the National Guard were on alert in cities across the country in anticipation of possible unrest after the Chauvin verdict.

Bryant was also 16 years old, not 15 years old, according to statements to the media by a woman identified as her mother.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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