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White House Condemns Columbus Police Shooting Of Teenager With A Knife As Racist

Jen Psaki

The White House condemned the Tuesday police shooting of a black teenage girl who charged another with a knife as gunshots motivated by racism.


The White House said, without evidence, that Tuesday’s police shooting of a black teenage girl who charged another black teen with a knife was motivated by racism.

Sixteen-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a police officer whose body camera footage, released Tuesday night, revealed Bryant was charging another girl with a deadly weapon.

“She was a child,” the White House wrote in a Wednesday statement on the shooting.

“We know that police violence disproportionately impacts Black and Latino people and communities and that black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence,” the statement said without evidence.

The White House promoted the progressive narrative that the Columbus officer’s gunfire, which saved another black teenager, was motivated by racist inclinations.

“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 was reached,” the White House wrote in response to a reporter’s inquiry.

The Columbus shooting came moments after jurors in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin found the defendant guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. The rush to conflate Floyd’s death with all other police shootings sensationalized in legacy media, however, has erased all nuance in what are often chaotic scenes, such as an officer forced to make a snap decision to save the life of another teen.

Progressives in turn, such as former Obama White House staffer Valerie Jarrett, have escalated the anti-police rhetoric to propose law enforcement ought to refrain from allowing knife fights to happen.