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Ohio Officer Cleared In Shooting Death Of Knife-Wielding Ma’Khia Bryant

Ohio Officer Cleared In Shooting Death Of Knife-Wielding Ma’Khia Bryant

Officer who saved the black life of Bryant’s intended victim: “At the time I fired my weapon, I was in fear for the life of the female in pink”

Despite the best efforts of the Joe “I am the Democratic Party” Biden, the infotainment media “news” industry, and BLM, the Ohio police officer who saved the life of knife-wielding Ma’Khia Bryant’s intended victim has been cleared of criminal wrong-doing in the case.

When Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon fatally shot Bryant, she was in the process of reaching back with a knife in her hand, apparently about to plunge the blade into her intended victim, whom she had backed against a car.

As always, the entire activist left collectively lost their minds before they had any details of the incident beyond the skin color of the people involved: Bryant was black, and Reardon is white.  That Reardon almost certainly saved the life of Bryant’s intended black victim didn’t matter, even once the details were released and the evidence of his lawful action to save a life became crystal clear.

Here’s our previous coverage of this incident, including the absolute crazy from the left:

Reardon explained that “At the time I fired my weapon, I was in fear for the life of the female in pink,” and the bodycam footage supports his statement.

Fox News reports:

An Ohio police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl as she swung a knife at another teenage girl and moments after pushing a woman to the ground last year was cleared of criminal wrongdoing Friday.

Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant last April as officers were responding to a 911 call from her foster home about a group of girls threatening to stab members of the household. She was struck four times and died.

. . . . “At the time I fired my weapon, I was in fear for the life of the female in pink,” Reardon said, referring to Shai-onta Craig, the woman who was attacked by Bryant. She has previously lived at the foster home.

She returned that day and argued with Bryant, Craig said.

Countless lives and businesses, many of them black, have been destroyed by the knee-jerk overreaction of the hacktivist media and radical leftist social justice warriors who, instead of waiting for the facts of a case to be determined and released, go on burning, looting, and murder sprees . . . only to find out later that their ‘hero’ of the day was anything but and that the officer/s involved acted lawfully.

Any kind of “justice” that is qualified (social, racial, environmental, economic, and on) is inherently rooted in injustice, so the left’s destruction of American principles, values, and socio-cultural norms will continue apace. This latest example of radical left bias and media malpractice will be memory-holed, and the next time a black person is shot by police, more cities will burn, more lives ruined within hours of the incident, and because “racial/social justice” is inherently unjust and little more than violent mob rule, long before an investigation is conducted or exculpatory police bodycam footage released.


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She was a good girl, just getting her life turned around. She wanted to go to college.

I weep that it takes a year of “punishment process” to clear a lifesaving case of lethal self-defense against a crazy murderess.

Alex deWynter | March 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm

If anyone ought to be charged it’s the thug in the gray hoodie who kicked the girl on the ground.

The rub in this story is that the state probably paid for the would-be killer’s funeral.

And do you know much a piano case and fork lift rentals costs these days, let alone a day’s worth of a back-hoe and operator. The only thing small about this deceased woman is her brain.

    CountMontyC in reply to | March 12, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    The intended victim’s name was Tionna Bonner. Simply saying “intended victim” makes it somewhat impersonal and let’s the left ignore that there was a real human being about to be stabbed to death.

      Milhouse in reply to CountMontyC. | March 12, 2022 at 11:29 pm

      Shai-onta Craig, according to the quoted story. Is it incorrect?

        diver64 in reply to Milhouse. | March 13, 2022 at 9:04 am

        Yes, it’s incorrect but the actors names are confusing. The intended victim in the pink track suit was Tionna Bronner. The foster home had Ma’Khia Bryant and her sister Ja’niah (apparently the mother like apostrophes) as residents. Tionna Bronner was a former resident of the home and returned there for a party. Ma’Khia and Tionna had a history and what ended up happening was the result. Shai-onta Craig was at the party and also a former foster child in the home but was just a witness to the entire thing and not charged I think, just interviewed.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to | March 12, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    The local Reverends demanded a Steinway piano crate.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to | March 13, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    She looks and acts like she is related to Abrams.

Defense of this police officer brought to you by the police union.

She was a crazed young woman, but she was a very young woman and it’s a shame people Have kids and then just throw them
Away into the system and then blame the system For all their problems
Maybe if she had had a real
Family with loving parents, this fiasco would have been avoided, but no, her “parents”, after putting her in the “.system” to raise now with out any shame, try to sue the system when their daughter tries to murder another girl.

Ain’t America great!!!

    Dathurtz in reply to gonzotx. | March 13, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Fewer than 1/3 of my students live with both parents (biological or adoptive). It is gonna get worse.

    diver64 in reply to gonzotx. | March 13, 2022 at 8:51 am

    several generations of children have now been failed by primarily Democrats in not only running the disasters of cities but also starting the “2 parents are not needed” nonsense and promoting welfare policies that actually penalize having a father in the home. These two things coupled with a foster care system that allows kids to be used as a money making venture means that kids never have a chance right from the start.

      Another Voice in reply to diver64. | March 13, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      A generational way of life established by the Democrats having pushed through The Great Opportunity Act of 1965 with a variety of social programs which literally paid them more to be single with children then married. The work fare program which was to train and get them employed was not funded at the same rate as being single with dependents. And even trained, the employment was not available until much later (another generation) with EEOC, and even then the Democrat southern states were lax to accept or integrate black citizens but would take federal dollars to keep them isolated. Now it’s a generational inherent way of life which with all that is available a single person with 2 children have income of $28,550. aprrox. $10,000 more than one who worked at low wages for 30 years and have paid into Social Security while working.

ahad haamoratsim | March 13, 2022 at 8:20 am

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) used this shooting as an example of how African American children are being failed.

Then again, back in the Obama administration, she told us she was supporting the Iran deal in hopes that it would cause Iran to mitigate its behavior. A few weeks later, Iran took a group of American sailors hostage and exposed them to ridicule in violation of international law.

Shai-onta and Ma’Khia….ok.

It’s an abomination that it took a year to clear an officer in a case where his actions are so plainly justifiable.

    diver64 in reply to TargaGTS. | March 13, 2022 at 8:52 am

    I’m not sure that was a bad thing. Wait until the hysteria dies down then release this finding. I’m sure they knew how it was going to go months ago as the video was widely available almost immediately.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to TargaGTS. | March 13, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Think about this, we pay to provide welfare money to benefit children, while those children’s mothers handle that money. Thye squander the money and do little to help their children.

    Then we have to pay more money to prosecute and jail those now adult children,

    I was in schools when bussing started. On one hand I feel sorry for those who either due to genetics or environment, are unlikely to do well in life.

    But having been there, seeing how exposure to those children greatly degraded school for all those white kids, especially if they were smart enough to be in college prep classes.

    What is so sad about this is, I do not think it improved black children’s overall prospects.

    The reason is in part genetic, in part culture and incredibly poor parenting.

    I have known a handful of successful blacks, often they were raised in fairly strict religious homes, all but one were 2 parent homes. Two others were trades, one was Seventh Day Adventist

E Howard Hunt | March 13, 2022 at 8:53 am

Ma’Khia? A life punctuated by violence.

texansamurai | March 13, 2022 at 9:11 am

took some serious poise/focus in the moment to make that shot(s)–the “female in pink” is alive and otherwise unharmed due to the actions of that officer–hope that she and her faimily are aware of the same and are grateful to him

he acted to save the life of a stranger–am grateful there are men and women like him that get up every morning, put on a badge and go to work

    gonzotx in reply to texansamurai. | March 13, 2022 at 10:01 am

    He probabaly would have protected MAGA rally attendees instead of like many of his brethren, standing down amd letting old women and men get beaten, sometimes killed.

“took some serious poise/focus in the moment to make that shot(s)”

I never shot anyone with my duty weapon when I was a cop, but I was in more than one situation that either went less lethal or came very close to lethal force being used.

It’s amazing how, when in such an intense event, how time slows down and we fall back on our tactical training. The best “shooting” I ever did with tasers was not in training, but on the street.

I won’t say that every cop will experience the same thing as I have, but I’m sure it was the same with this officer. Sometimes events just click and everything falls into place. He did a great job.

I had a similar experience long before I became a cop. I worked in a hospital and, long story short, one of the patients went into cardiac arrest. Everything clicked and I was instrumental in saving the man’s life. Just like my tactical experience, I can step through every part of that event almost 50 years later.

It’s amazing how, when in such an intense event, how time slows down and we fall back on our tactical training.

indeed–years ago, when training with a kensei have known for a long time, questioned the necessity of beginning slowly–his reply is with me still: “it’s all about control–seeing and feeling the movement entirely, from beginning to end, repeatedly, so your body can perform it immediately, without thought.”

Another Dazzling Urbanite…

Saint_Floyds_Banana | March 13, 2022 at 3:35 pm

The MSM showed a picture of the little angel smiling at the camera instead of her homicidal rampage.

If it weren’t for the RACIST left, this incident would have never been more than a local news story. For one day. That no one cared about.

Totally justified action by the officer. Any officer that would not shoot in that situation has no business wearing a badge.

But, lets put the HERO officer who saved this woman’s life – by killing her attacker – through hell for what, a year?

Totally baseless accusations of racism against him, and the lefty bigots extended the same false claims to ALL police officers nationwide.

What they are actually doing is inciting racial hatred and violence. Supposedly in the name of trying to end it. The racism they claim they oppose does not, in fact, exist. Their own racism is plain for all to see in every statement they make.

I saw a memorial to Trayvon Martin on local TV and they didn’t mention that he made an unprovoked attack on George Zimmerman! That Trayvon was a thug who liked to beat up people and got what he deserved. The news was pandering to the racist progressive fascists. They sacrificed the truth for their ideology.

She had just completed her lifetime supply of calories.

What a waste.