The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was shot and killed by police in Ohio in an apparent knife fight, compared herself to Breonna Taylor’s mother, saying, “Now I know what it’s like to lose a child. ‘
Paula Bryant’s daughter Ma’Khia died in Columbus on Tuesday after police were called to a chaotic scene in a house. The teenager attacked two people with a knife before she was shot and killed by a police officer.
Bryant, who was asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo what his daughter would like, replied, “The killing has to stop.”
She described her daughter as ‘peaceful and loving’.
“I’ve always been sympathetic to Breonna Taylor’s story, and the family and her friends and her situation – and now I know what it feels like to lose a child,” she said.
Paula Bryant spoke to CNN on Thursday night in a face mask bearing her daughter’s name
Paula Bryant, whose daughter Ma’Khia was murdered on Tuesday, advocated an end to the bloodshed
The killing must stop. There have been too many murders – I want the murders to stop, ‘says Paula Bryant, mother of 16-year-old Ma¿Khia Bryant, shot and murdered by the police.
“That’s what Ma¿Khia would like. Ma¿Khia was peaceful and loving. She wanted everyone to get along.” pic.twitter.com/DdAMwuckSJ
– Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 23, 2021
Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and murdered by Louisville police in March 2020
Ma’Khia Bryant (left) with her mother Paula, on a Facebook photo posted by Paula
Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, was shot dead in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020, when police stormed in at night.
Bryant added, “I am a single mother of five and, you know, now Ma’Khia is gone and I only have four more children.”
She fought back tears and added, “That’s so hard for me to say.”
Bryant’s daughter was in foster care, but she hoped to be reunited with her soon. The last time she saw her was on Thursday, when the teenager told her mother that she had made an honors roll at school.
She said, “I was at the dentist’s office in Columbus, Ohio. I said hello and got the disturbing news that Ma’Khia had been shot.
What did I say? The dental assistant got me off the chair.
My heart was beating fast and I didn’t know what to make of it.
No parent should experience this. This is so unreal. I am devastated. ‘
She added: ‘She was peaceful, she loved, she wanted everyone to get along.
“She was a Christian.”
She said she wanted to remember the good things about her daughter.
Bryant told Cuomo that she had seen the video of her daughter’s murder, calling for an end to the loss of life.
Columbus police released bodycam footage of Ma’Khia with a knife (circled)
A woman writes Ma’Khia’s name in chalk on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio
The killing has to stop. There are too many murders in the world. I want the killing to stop, ”she said.
‘Ma’Khia is gone. And I want the killing in the world to stop, and that’s what Ma’Khia would like. ‘
She said, ‘Ma’Khia is in God’s hands. I have faith in God. ‘
Her daughter is named in the Bible after a male prophet.
Columbus Division of Police officials had released the first footage of the shooting Tuesday night, just hours after it happened, which was a deviation from protocol as police face immense scrutiny of the public following a series of recent high profile police killings that have led to collisions.
“The fact that I see what I saw on that video is not how I know my Ma’Khia,” said her grandmother, Debra Wilcox.
She told The Associated Press on Wednesday, “I don’t know what happened there unless she was afraid for her life.”
Paula Bryant has said she wants answers to her daughter’s murder
The incident has caused outrage in the community and across the country, as Bryant’s murder is the second high-profile deadly murder of a teenager by police in the past month. Body cameras released last week show an officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago.
It’s a tragedy. There is no other way to put it. It’s a 16 year old. I’m a father, ”said Michael Woods, Columbus’s interim police chief.
Her family mourns. Regardless of the circumstances related to this, a 16-year-old died yesterday. ‘
He added, “I wish it wouldn’t have happened.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the Columbus shooting “ tragic ” and said President Joe Biden had been briefed on it.
‘She was a child. We think of her friends and family and the communities that hurt and mourn her loss, ” Psaki said in a statement.
Protesters in Columbus took to the streets on Wednesday to demand justice for Ma’Khia
The 10-second camera clip begins with the officer, identified as Nicholas Reardon on Wednesday, getting out of his car at a house where police had been sent after someone called that they were being physically threatened, Woods said.
It remains unclear who called the police.
A spokesman for the Ohio Air National Guard confirmed to DailyMail.com that Reardon is a Staff Sergeant assigned to the 121st Security Forces Squadron and has served in the National Guard since 2015.
His alma mater’s Twitter account stated that he had earned the expert marksman badge for the M4A1 Carbine fully automatic assault rifle used by the military.
Reardon, hired by police in December 2019, is seen taking a few steps towards a group of people in the driveway when Bryant starts waving a knife wildly at another girl or woman, who falls backwards .
The officer calls several times to come down.
Bryant then stands out against another girl or woman, who has been pressed against a car.
From three feet away, with people on either side of him, the officer fired four shots and Bryant fell to the ground. A knife with a black handle, similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife, lies next to her on the sidewalk.
Officer Nicholas Reardon is seen standing on the scene after shooting and killing Bryant. He has been employed since December 2019
Authorities said they responded to an initial stabbing call around 4:30 PM. The call for shots was made just 15 minutes later
A man immediately yells at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot her! She’s just a kid, man! ‘
The officer replies, “She had a knife. She just went over to her. ‘
The officer is out patrolling the street for now.
Bryant was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. Police did not say if anyone else had been injured.
In the moments after the shooting, people living or visiting the street were filmed as police ran off the area with yellow tape in front of the house where the shooting took place.
A neighbor’s video shows a cop performing CPR on the teen, while a man can be heard shouting, ‘You all just jumped out of the (expletive) car and shot her!’
Ma’Khia Bryant’s death prompted an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
People listen as friends of Ma’Khia Bryant speak about her at a community vigil on Wednesday at Douglas Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio.
Neighbors were filming in open doorways and shaking heads behind cars, showing eyewitness images.
Woods said state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such a case.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now reviewing the murder following a recent agreement with the city.
The shooting took place about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd.
It also took place less than five miles from the site of the funeral of Andre Hill, who was murdered in December by another Columbus police officer, earlier this year.
The officer in Hill’s case, Adam Coy, a 19-year police veteran, is now on trial for murder and the next hearing is scheduled for April 28.
Less than three weeks before Hill was murdered, a Franklin County deputy sheriff shot 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus. The case remains under federal investigation.
Last week, Columbus police shot a man with a gun at him in the emergency room of a hospital. Officials are continuing the investigation into that shooting.
Ohio governor Mike DeWine said on Wednesday that he had seen the footage of Bryant’s murder, calling it a “terrible tragedy.”
He added that while the audience has the video evidence, “we need to let the investigation play.”