From today’s White House press briefing:
Q Hi, Jen. Taylor Popielarz with Spectrum News. Three quick —
MS. PSAKI: Hi, Taylor.
Q — questions, so I’ll make them quick. First, has the President been briefed on 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant being shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday? It happened moments before the Chauvin verdict came out.
MS. PSAKI: Yes. I should say — yes. And let me — let me just say, since you gave me the opportunity, the killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by the Columbus Police is tragic. She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family and 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 — care, like Ma’Khia, face. And her death came, as you noted, just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached.
So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implici- — 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.
Q And has the President been briefed on it?
MS. PSAKI: Yes.
In reality, as I pointed out yesterday, the heroic cop should be given a parade.
He saved the life of one, possibly two black girls during this chaotic incident with his superb shooting.
The officer stopped the knife attacker with just inches to spare from impaling the girl in pink.
Meanwhile, the King of the NBA, LeBron James piles on the white cop for acting like he really believes Black Lives Matter:
Then James took the tweet down.
But says he only did for tactical reasons:
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
Here’s a tweet from Barack Obama’s consigliere:
A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability. Fight for justice. #BlackLivesMatter.— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) April 21, 2021
It’s not a “knife fight” when the would-be murderer is armed with a big knife and the would-be victim is armed only with a small puppy.
By the way, the city of Columbus did a great job yesterday of hustling the police shooter’s body cam footage out within about 7 hours of the shooting. If they hadn’t gotten the footage of the officer’s spectacular display of grace under pressure out by 10:30 pm (EDT) Tuesday night, the MSM would be in an absolute paroxysm of racist hate today. As it is, they will probably wind up memoryholing the incident. But if the body cam footage hadn't been released until today, too many Big Names would have committed themselves on this incident via their racial bigotry to walk it back.
Here’s today’s follow-up press conference with body cam videos from the other officers on the scene:
Columbus’ interim police chief appears excellent, but apparently he has little chance of getting the job full time, probably due to the perceived need to hire a black lesbian or whatever.