Black Caucus chair Rep. Joyce Beatty: Police could ‘shoot in the air’ to stop would-be killers


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COLUMBUS, OH – The Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus has joined hordes of untrained armchair quarterbacks, in order to render her opinion on police procedure after the officer-involved shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.

In Columbus, Ohio on April 20, 2021, Officer Nicholas Reardon had to make a split second decision to intervene as Ma’Khia Bryant rushed toward her potential victim with a knife, after ignoring lawful orders to “get down.”  Reardon fired his pistol, striking Bryant and ending the attack.  

Aid was rendered at the scene, but Bryant was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Neighbors reported that Bryant “was in full attack mode” and also said:

 “She needed to be stopped at that point. 

“That young lady’s life was at stake.”

The opinion of Bryant’s neighbors evidently holds no water for CBC chair Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), who has shared that she believes that responding officers “could shoot in the air” at such incidents.

Beatty spoke these words on the April 24 edition of MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt.”

She began the interview by sharing what she has been hearing from her constituents:

“Well, we are hearing what you’ve been saying all across the nation on TV:  ‘Enough is enough.’”

Beatty continued:

“People are devastated.  This is a teenager.

“We have to have a better way of de-escalating. Here is an occurrence where the police knew they were coming with two girls fighting — or a girl and two adults fighting.”

Beatty went on to assert that police procedure needed to change, saying:

“So, I think we have to look at the system. One size can’t fit all.  

“You can’t say that you are trained to only shoot to the center of the body.”

Adding an opinion that appears rooted in fictional television and movie depictions of shooting, she added:

“Four shots? 

“I mean, come on, the first shot would knock the knife, a kitchen knife, to the ground.”

Beatty continued:

“And when you look at what’s happening here in Franklin County, I’m embarrassed by it. 

“When you look at the number of percentages of fatal shootings at the hands of law enforcement, when you look at, we’re rated 18th out of 100 of the largest, most populous cities in the nation.”

The congresswoman next transitioned back to her call for reforming police procedure, saying:

“We need to take a longer look, a better look, rather, at our system. 

“Training.  How are we training police officers? 

“I find it unacceptable that one way of training, one system, one size cannot fit all.  You cannot put four bullets into a fif— sixteen-year-old’s chest. 

“You can’t put six bullets into a person’s back. 

Apparently implying that police tend to shoot persons holding innocuous objects, she added:

“Now, you know, we’re going from a kitchen knife, a sandwich, a cell phone, car keys. 

“We have to call for more transparency, more training, and more justice.”

Interviewer Alex Witt added her two cents to Beatty’s critique of police procedure, quoting a previous guest as saying, “police are really good at shooting people,” and asking:

“Why not shoot, if you have to, shoot in a leg?  Shoot in an arm?

“What is it about this targeting, for killing?

“I mean, how can that be addressed?

“Should that be addressed?”

Beatty responded by apparently suggesting that police would shoot young children, saying:

“Well, I think it definitely should be addressed.  And that’s my point of one size fitting all.

“So if you have a 6-year-old with a knife in her hand looking like she’s going to attack her sister, what, you shoot her four times in the chest?

“I think it’s ridiculous.”

Rendering more advice to police, she continued:

“You could shoot in the air.”

Beatty added:

“If you look at that video, with Ma’Khia Bryant, the first shot, the knife is on the ground, people are scattering. It did not make sense.”

Echoing the sentiment of Black Lives Matter activist Bree Newsome, who recently tweeted that police do not need to use weapons in knife attacks because “[t]eenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons,” the congresswoman stated:

“Teachers go and break up fights with knives every day. 

“So, there has to be a better way in this situation.”

Beatty went on to say:

“At the same time we’re getting the verdict on the George Floyd case, we’re finding out in my home district in Ohio yet another killing at the hands of law enforcement.

“It’s just not acceptable.”

Rep. Beatty shed additional light on her armchair quarterbacking in an interview on CNN’s “Out Front” on April 23, when she asserted:

“We can’t say that the lady in pink would have been killed.

“Here’s what I believe: You see in eleven seconds, four shots and a teenager on the ground dead. 

“I think there has to be a better way. One size can’t fit all. ”

Beatty went on to criticize center-mass shots in this interview as well, saying:

“I think that it’s appalling that we can have someone say, our system is to train officers to go to the center of the body no matter what.”

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Black Lives Matter activist: Teens have been having ‘fights involving knives for eons’, so police don’t need to use weapons

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A Black Lives Matter supporter and activist by the name of Bree Newsome tried to pass off and normalize teenagers having deadly knife fights in a tweet from April 20th.

This ridiculous sentiment was in response to the officer-involved shooting that occurred in Columbus, Ohio on April 20th where an officer fatally shot a teen that appeared to be armed with a knife and who was about to stab another young girl.  

Whenever an officer-involved shooting manages to land on the national news media’s radar, terrible takes and speculation coming from complete buffoons just comes with the territory.

But my goodness, I think the officer-involved shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant has managed to really let the idiots broadcast their stupidity at full volume.

One of the dumbest takes that I’ve seen on this case and the circumstances surrounding it are adults acting as though, or at least attempting to pass off the idea, that having knife fights in your teenage years is just a coming-of-age thing that kids do.

These aren’t just coming from folks that have a rather minimal, or nearly non-existent, soapbox to spread their dumb opinions from either.

For example, you have this BLM treasure known as Bree Newsome with nearly half a million followers on Twitter pretending like knife fights are common for children:

“Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.”

Oh, it gets better if you’re wanting to see if Newsome will opt to die on this proverbial hill comprised of idiotic takes that teeter on wearing tinfoil on her head.

Not only is Newsome trying to gaslight people into thinking that knife fights are common things that happens with teens, but she takes it even further by conveying that if you have the common sense to believe that knife fights aren’t normal during your adolescent years then you’re getting brainwashed by the “white elite.”

She said:

“Everyone should be frightened that the ruling white elite have done such a thoroughly successful job of not only disconnecting us from the means of basic self-sufficiency but also convincing us we need armed white officers to manage our children & communities. Frightening.”

Her saying stuff like this leads me to believe that this Newsome woman is just insane…like, she has to be insane. No rational person genuinely believes that knife fights are a normal occurrence in someone’s youth in the United States.

It’s not to say that a knife fight can’t happen, as evidenced by the altercation that happened in Columbus, Ohio on April 20th, but they are not normal either.

Believe it or not, most people in their adolescent years didn’t have to fend off knife wielding people like our brave President Joe Biden did decades ago when he faced down that rusty-blade wielding Corn Pop outside of the swimming pool.

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