Ma’Khia Bryant latest – Hundreds of protesters gather for vigil for teen shot dead by cop in Columbus

HUNDREDS of protesters gathered for a vigil in memory of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant who was shot dead by a cop in Columbus, Ohio.

Crowds turned out to pay tribute to the black 16-year-old, who was killed as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Many pictured at the emotional event were wearing Ma’Khia’s signature footwear – brightly coloured Crocs.

They gathered on the streets in Downtown Columbus before another group joined in front of Columbus Police headquarters.

It follows use-of-force expert Seth Stoughton saying that the cop who fatally shot Ma’Khia had no other option but to use deadly force.

“With the caveat that I only know what is shown on the video, I don’t see any clear options or alternatives that were available to the officer,” Stoughton told the Columbus Dispatch.

Police officer Nicholas Reardon was criticized for not using different methods to disarm the teen and de-escalate the situation instead of using a firearm. 

However, Stoughton thinks that events of the incident happened “too quickly” for Reardon to take any other action. 

“When an officer sees one person attacking another person with a weapon at close range in a way that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, lethal force is appropriate,” Stoughton said.

“The use of a firearm is the most reliable way to address that imminent threat,” he added.

Read our Ma’Khia Bryant shooting blog for the latest news and updates.


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  1. As a former employee some 8 years ago in the good old days of honest banking, whilst it might stick in the throat of some people – this expensive bash – this was a reward for a staggering performance for the previous 12 months or so. undoubtedly there would have been a ‘selection process’ for this bash.

    I do object to the stupidly expensive tv ads that hbos are still pumping out on TV. they should save the money and save HBOS’s staff jobs with it.

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