Media, Activists, Politicians Ignore Evidence, Rush to Conclusions in Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting

A police vehicle drives past a Black Lives Matter flag during a demonstration in Columbus, Ohio, April 20, 2021. (Gaelen Morse/Reuters)

Hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday, media and activists tried to cram the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant into a pre-ordained narrative box, taking advantage of the incident’s proximity to Chauvin’s conviction to cast the shooting of an armed teenager, who was in the act of stabbing someone, as yet another example of the kind of brutality visited upon George Floyd.

Columbus police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday evening to find a group of teenage girls in a physical altercation in a suburban front yard. Body-camera footage shows that an unnamed officer exited

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