Ma'khia Bryant shooting latest – Knife-wielding 16-year-old was arguing with 2 girls over unmade bed before cop shot her

MA'KHIA Bryant was arguing with two other girls over an unmade bed moments before she was shot by police, her foster mom said yesterday.

The 16-year-old Black teen was shot by police in Columbus on Tuesday mere hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of manslaughter and murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

Angela Moore, her foster mom, said Bryant was involved in a fight with two other girls over housekeeping.

"It was over keeping the house clean," Moore told CNN. "The older one told them to clean up the house because 'Mom doesn't like the house dirty,'" Moore said. "So that's how it all started."

Moore said two of her former foster children had come to their Columbus, Ohio home to celebrate Moore's birthday when they began arguing with Bryant.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    CANDACE OWENS CALLS SLAIN TEEN A ‘KNIFE-WIELDING MANIAC’

    Candace Owens has shockingly branded Ma’K hia Bryant, who was killed by police, a “knife-wielding maniac” – and called the cop who shot her dead a “hero”.

    The controversial right-wing commentator shared her opinions of the incident on Twitter, writing: “Makhia Bryant was a knife-wielding maniac.

    “But the goal now is to convince black people to celebrate criminality so I’m really excited to learn about how heroic, kind, and inspiring this knife-wielding maniac was.”

    Owens’ remarks drew a great deal of backlash, with journalist Imara Jones pointing out that Bryant “was 16”.

    “I do not care,” Owens thundered back in response. “Normal sixteen year olds do not attempt to butcher another human being to death with a knife. Neither her skin color or her age absolves her from any guilt. The responding officer is a hero.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SINGER KEHLANI CALLS FOR POLICE REFORM

    Singer Kehlani is calling for police reform following after Ma’Khia Bryant was shot dead just before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

    She tweeted: “ABOLISH THE F****** POLICE. the same day we “celebrate” a verdict for another loss that should’ve never happened, a Black child is murdered. ABOLISHMENT IS THE ONLY ANSWER.”

    The singer continued by saying that Bryant was “calling the police for help”.

    “What is ‘justice.’ what does that verdict mean. what does it stop?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEMORIAL FOR MA’KHIA BRYANT CONTINUES TO GROW

    People who live around the Columbus neighborhood where 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a police officer continue to add to a makeshift memorial for the teen.

    Qniqua Newby, who lives nearby, told WBNS that the memorial evokes painful emotions every time she drives by it.

    “I literally want to cry just looking at that,” she said. “I don’t know the girl, but I hurt like it’s my little sister.”

    Credit: AFP
  • Joseph Gamp

    MA’KHIA BRYANT’S SHOOTING: FIGHT ERUPTED OVER HOUSEKEEPING

    The woman who was caring for Ma’Khia Bryant in foster care at the time of her death said the fight that preceded her death — that led to the teen brandishing a knife around two other people — started over housekeeping.

    Angela Moore told CNN that two of her former foster children had come to her Columbus, Ohio, home on Tuesday to celebrate her birthday and ended up getting into an argument with Bryant, who was also at the home.

    “It was over keeping the house clean,” Moore said. “The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty.'”

    Moore said the foster children argue often, but she “never thought” it would escalate like it did on Tuesday.

    Video footage of the Tuesday fight appears to show Bryant lunging at another female while holding a knife before she was fatally shot by a cop.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DONALD TRUMP CALLS LEBRON JAMES RACIST AFTER NBA STAR TWEETED PHOTO OF MA’KHIA BRYANT COP

    Donald Trump released a statement calling LeBron James “racist” after the NBA star tweeted, then deleted, a photo of Nicholas Reardon — the cop who shot Ma’Khia Bryant — along with the caption, “You’re next.”

    “LeBron James should focus on basketball rather that presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the league,” Trump said.

    “His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning.

    "He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together.”

    After James deleted his tweet about Reardon, he explained that he did so because the post was causing “more hate.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MICHIGAN REP RASHIDA TALIB SAYS MA’KHIA BRYANT’S TIKTOK ‘BREAKS’ HER & SLAMS THOSE CONDONING ‘KILLING OF A CHILD’

    Michigan Rep Rashida Talib took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant and comment on the girl’s TikTok videos — which are now being widely shared online.

    The teen would share lighthearted videos on TikTok, where she did things like hair tutorials.

    “Ma’Khia’s TikTok videos show her childhood and joy,” Talib wrote.

    “Her smile at the end of the videos just breaks me a little more.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MA'KHIA BRYANT FOSTER MOM (CONTINUED…)

    Police body cam during Tuesday's shooting showed Bryant lunge at another woman with a knife outside the home.

    Police have since urged people to await judgrment pending the investigation.

    "You're not the guardian of me," Bryant apparently told one of the girls, Moore said when recounting the story. "They argue all the time, but I never thought it would escalate like that."

    The foster mom said she got a frantic call from one of her former foster kids, seen on body cam video wearing pink and jumping out of the way as Bryant brandished a knife at her.

    "Mom, get home. Where are you? They're going crazy," Moore said her former foster child said. "She said they shot Ma'Kiah and I said, 'Huh?' It was just crazy."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MA’KHIA BRYANT, 16, WAS FIGHTING WITH GIRLS OVER AN UNMADE BED BEFORE FATAL POLICE SHOOTING, FOSTER MOM REVEALS

    MA'KHIA Bryant was arguing with two other girls over an unmade bed moments before she was shot by police, her foster mom said on Thursday.

    The 16-year-old Black teen was shot by police in Columbus on Tuesday mere hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of manslaughter and murder charges in the killing of George Floyd.

    Angela Moore, her foster mom, said Bryant was involved in a fight with two other girls over housekeeping.

    "It was over keeping the house clean," Moore told CNN. "The older one told them to clean up the house because 'Mom doesn't like the house dirty,'" Moore said. "So that's how it all started."

    Moore said two of her former foster children had come to their Columbus, Ohio home to celebrate Moore's birthday when they began arguing with Bryant.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘UPLIFT, CELEBRATE & HONOR’ MA’KHIA BRYANT, SAYS BLACK LIVES MATTER

    The official Black Lives Matter Twitter account encouraged followers to remember 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant for the things she loved in life, not just how she died.

    “We refuse to define or remember Ma’Khia by her final moments,” the tweet said.

    “We uplift, celebrate & honor this Black child for what she loved – doing her hair, making TikToks, having fun. Just being a teen. Rest in power, Queen.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    OHIO: ATTORNEY GENERAL PROMISES ACCOUNTABILITY AFTER INVESTIGATION INTO MA’KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING

    Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost would not yet say if the Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant was justified in doing so, but promised “accountability” after an investigation into the shooting was concluded.

    “The bottom line is, these are complicated investigations,” Yost told WCMH.

    “Each piece of video tells a different piece of the story, and I’m not going to prejudge the story until it’s done,” he went on.

    The AG said that similar cases usually take about 400 hours of investigation time.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MA’KHIA BRYANT’S FAMILY: TEEN WAS DEFENDING HERSELF

    Ma’Khia Bryant’s mother and aunt have both come forward saying that the teen was defending herself when she was fatally shot by a police officer.

    Bodycam footage appeared to show the teen waving a knife at another person she was in a fight with.

    “Those were grown, adult women. It looked like that was a child. That was not no child,” her aunt Hazel Brown said of the fight captured in the video fooage.

    “Those were women attacking my niece and she was defending herself.”

    Her mother, Paula Bryant, added: “All I’m gonna say is that she was defending herself.

    “And she was a young girl. She was 16. She should not have had to do that.”

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    COLUMBUS ACTIVISTS CALL FOR FEDERAL PROBE INTO POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER MA'KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING

    Activists in Columbus, Ohio, asked for a federal probe into the city's police department after 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a cop on Tuesday.

    According to Mapping Police Violence, Columbus police are responsible for killing more black people in the last few years than departments in much larger cities like Los Angeles or Philadelphia.

    "We have one of the most violent police departments in the United States," activist Jasmine Ayres told NPR, adding that it's time the city called in the Justice Department.

    "The Department of Justice just went into Minneapolis. They can come into Columbus, and we need [the city] to make that phone call," she said.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    MEMORIAL FOR MA'KHIA BRYANT CONTINUES TO GROW

    People who live around the Columbus neighborhood where 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a police officer continue to add to a makeshift memorial for the teen.

    Qniqua Newby, who lives nearby, told WBNS that the memorial evokes painful emotions every time she drives by it.

    "I literally want to cry just looking at that," she said. "I don't know the girl, but I hurt like it's my little sister."

    A makeshift memorial was set up where Ma'Khia Bryant was shot on TuesdayCredit: AFP
  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    FIGHT THAT PRECEDED MA'KHIA BRYANT'S SHOOTING DEATH WAS OVER HOUSEKEEPING

    The woman who was caring for Ma'Khia Bryant in foster care at the time of her death said the fight that preceded her death — that led to the teen brandishing a knife around two other people — started over housekeeping.

    Angela Moore told CNN that two of her former foster children had come to her Columbus, Ohio, home on Tuesday to celebrate her birthday and ended up getting into an argument with Bryant, who was also at the home.

    "It was over keeping the house clean," Moore said. "The older one told them to clean up the house because 'Mom doesn't like the house dirty.'"

    Moore said the foster children argue often, but she "never thought" it would escalate like it did on Tuesday.

    Video footage of the Tuesday fight appears to show Bryant lunging at another female while holding a knife before she was fatally shot by a cop.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    DONALD TRUMP CALLS LEBRON JAMES RACIST AFTER NBA STAR TWEETED PHOTO OF MA'KHIA BRYANT COP

    Donald Trump released a statement calling LeBron James "racist" after the NBA star tweeted, then deleted, a photo of Nicholas Reardon — the cop who shot Ma'Khia Bryant — along with the caption, "You're next."

    "LeBron James should focus on basketball rather that presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the league," Trump said.

    "His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together."

    After James deleted his tweet about Reardon, he explained that he did so because the post was causing "more hate."

    Donald Trump released a statement calling LeBron James 'racist' over his reaction to Ma'Khia Bryant's deathCredit: AP
  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    REP RASHIDA TALIB SAYS MA'KHIA BRYANT'S TIKTOK 'BREAKS' HER & SLAMS THOSE CONDONING 'KILLING OF A CHILD'

    Michigan Rep Rashida Talib took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant and comment on the girl's TikTok videos — which are now being widely shared online.

    The teen would share lighthearted videos on TikTok, where she did things like hair tutorials.

    "Ma'Khia's TikTok videos show her childhood and joy," Talib wrote. "Her smile at the end of the videos just breaks me a little more."

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    'THE THREAT WAS STOPPED': LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERT WEIGHS IN ON POLICE SHOOTING OF MA'KHIA BRYANT

    The police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant acted swiftly to stop a threat, former Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday.

    When asked if the officer, who is reportedly an expert military sniper, could have fired his weapon fewer times in an attempt to not kill Bryant, Barksdale pointed to the circumstances.

    "When you are in a situation like that, it happens so fast … four shots can happen in basically the blink of an eye," he said, "and the threat was stopped at that point."

    "Four shots, the young lady was incapacitated — I'm not celebrating that — but that is the job, that is the training," he added.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    'LET KIDS BE KIDS': TUCKER CARLSON MOCKS CALLS FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IN MA'KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING

    In the opening monologue for his show on Thursday night, Tucker Carlson mocked calls for police accountability in the Ma'Khia Bryant shooting case, pointing out that the teen was carrying a knife during the altercation.

    "Just because someone's getting stabbed doesn't mean you have to stop it, racist," Carlson quipped.

    "Children have been stabbing their friends forever. Get over it. Let kids be kids. Let them stab each other."

    The controversial Fox News host then played a clip of former NAACP leader Cornell Brooks calling the fight Bryant was involved in just a "school yard fight," which Carlson also took issue with.

    "It's just a school yard fight … you mean you didn't go to a school like that? Where kids were plunging blades into each other?" he said.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    BLM ENCOURAGES FOLLOWERS TO 'UPLIFT, CELEBRATE & HONOR' MA'KHIA BRYANT

    The official Black Lives Matter Twitter account encouraged followers to remember 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant for the things she loved in life, not just how she died.

    "We refuse to define or remember Ma'Khia by her final moments," the tweet said.

    "We uplift, celebrate & honor this Black child for what she loved – doing her hair, making TikToks, having fun. Just being a teen. Rest in power, Queen."

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    OHIO AG PROMISES ACCOUNTABILITY AFTER INVESTIGATION INTO MA'KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING

    Ohio's Attorney General Dave Yost would not yet say if the Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant was justified in doing so, but promised "accountability" after an investigation into the shooting was concluded.

    "The bottom line is, these are complicated investigations," Yost told WCMH.

    "Each piece of video tells a different piece of the story, and I'm not going to prejudge the story until it's done," he went on.

    The AG said that similar cases usually take about 400 hours of investigation time.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    MA'KHIA BRYANT'S FAMILY SAYS TEEN WAS DEFENDING HERSELF

    Ma'Khia Bryant's mother and aunt have both come forward saying that the teen was defending herself when she was fatally shot by a police officer.

    Bodycam footage appeared to show the teen waving a knife at another person she was in a fight with.

    "Those were grown, adult women. It looked like that was a child. That was not no child," her aunt Hazel Brown said of the fight captured in the video fooage.

    "Those were women attacking my niece and she was defending herself."

    Her mother, Paula Bryant, added: "All I'm gonna say is that she was defending herself.

    "And she was a young girl. She was 16. She should not have had to do that."

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    MA'KHIA BRYANT HOPED TO MOVE BACK IN WITH HER BIOLOGICAL MOM

    Ma'Khia Bryant had only moved into a foster care home, where her younger sister had been staying, on Valentine's Day this year.

    Angela Moore, who provided foster care for the girls, told The New York Times that before she was killed this week, Bryant would often say she hoped to one day live again with her mom.

    "That's all she said, was, 'I want to be with my mom,'" Moore told the outlet.

    Bryant and her sister were staying at the home in southeastern Ohio.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    COP WHO SHOT MA'KHIA BRYANT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILY

    Details are beginning to emerge about Nicholas Reardon, the Columbus police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant on Tuesday.

    His father, Edward Reardon, was also reportedly a member of the city's police department, serving as a basic training sergeant at the Columbus Police Academy.

    He retired from law enforcement in May 2020, according to the Daily Beast, which first reported Reardon's law enforcement and military background.

    The younger Reardon joined the force in 2019.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    MEGHAN MCCAIN SAYS LEBRON JAMES PUT COP WHO SHOT MA'KHIA BRYANT IN 'DANGER' WITH TWEET

    The View's Meghan McCain slammed basketball great LeBron James after he tweeted, then swiftly deleted, a photo of the police officer who fatally shot Ma'Khia Bryant earlier this week.

    "…when you have people like LeBron James posting pictures of this police officer before it has been adjudicated and litigated, you're also placing that police officer's life in danger," McCain said.

    On Wednesday afternoon, James posted a photo of the cop, Nicholas Reardon, along with a caption that read, "You're next."

    He deleted the tweet shortly thereafter, and clarified that he took the post down because it was "being used to create more hate."

  • Katie Davis

    COP WHO SHOT MA'KHIA 'IS EXPERT AIR NATIONAL GUARD MARKSMAN'

    The cop who shot and killed Ma'Khia Bryant appears to be an "expert Air National Guard Marksman," reports say.

    Officer Nicholas Reardon was a graduate of Bishop Watterson Catholic school in Columbus and was a member of the school's wrestling team, according to Daily Beast.

    The school posted updates on his progress whilst he attended Air Force basic combat training.

    According to those updates, he graduated from the training in August 2017 before attending the military's Security Forces Tech School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

    The paper discovered a photograph of Reardon in his uniform at the time, which indicated he had completed training within a rank of Airman First Class.

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