COLUMBUS, OH– According to a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, April 22nd, Black Lives Matter activists protesting near the site where an armed 16-year-old was fatally shot by police, threatened to kill police in retaliation.
BLM activists call for assassinations of police in response to the Columbus shooting of an armed teenager. pic.twitter.com/U5TWhyI0iZ
— Mr. James (@TheElefentGamer) April 22, 2021
In the video, an unidentified speaker says:
“We’re not gonna sit here and just sit around while you shoot and kills us and back to the suburbs. We’re sick…maybe it needs to be an eye for an eye.”
The individual continued:
“They shoot us, we shoot them! You shot us, we shoot you!”
In the days since the fatal shooting, activists have argued that Officer Nicholas Reardon should have attempted to de-escalate the situation.
According to the Daily Caller, Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio founder Kiara Yakita said that Reardon’s use of force was unjust because he chose to immediately use deadly force.
Yakita said in a statement:
“When I saw the body-cam, I noticed the difference in how they police. When it comes to black people, they do not like to de-escalate. The reaction seems to be to fear black people who are in conflict and to just try and violently stop them.”
“There’s not many questions asked, there is hardly any time spend trying to identify who’s the victim, who’s the aggressor, who’s the person who even called us here for help in the first place.”
Happening now: #BLM protesters take to the street in Columbus, Ohio again to protest the police shooting of a knife-wielding black teen who was trying to stab a girl. #makhiabryant pic.twitter.com/aYzJFb6B2s
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 22, 2021
Body-cam footage that has been released shows 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant lunging at an unidentified female while wielding a knife. Reardon can be heard repeatedly telling Bryant to “get down” before he fires his weapon.
At a press conference after the incident, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods stated that the officers would undergo an administrative investigation by another agency to ensure an independent review of what transpired.
Woods said that the video of the incident was made public just hours after for the purpose of “transparent.” Since the fatal shooting, protests have taken place in Columbus, Ohio, with many chanting the name of Bryant and calling for the defunding of the city’s police department.
More than 500 Ohio State University students marched to the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, April 21st, calling on university leaders to sever ties to the police division.
Activists gathered calling for abolition of the police and then reread a list of demands sent to the university by three Ohio State student government in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd.
— Scioto Post (@sciotopost) April 22, 2021
On Tuesday night, April 20th, a few protesters were able to breach a set of doors at the Columbus Police headquarters. Once officer was evaluated for head injury related to the incident.
Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua said that an officer was hit in the head by some sort of stick during the incident. One person was detained by police and according to Fuqua, it is not yet clear is charges will be filed.
Authorities said that at least one demonstrator used pepper spray against an officer. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther issued the following statement:
“We share the frustrations over police killings of unarmed black men and we support nonviolent protests. That does not include breaking into public buildings or violence against officers. Let me be clear: Violent and destruction will not be tolerated.”
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Protests erupt in police-defunded New York City, NYPD captain has his life threatened
April 18th, 2o21
NEW YORK CITY, NY– Over the last several days, protests have broken out in New York City and on Saturday night, April 18th, videos circulated social media of protesters threatening the life of NYPD Police Captain Delgado.
#HappeningNow at the protest in Brooklyn.
Protesters yell at capitan Delgado after he told his officers to attack Protesters
Filmed and owned by leeroy Johnson #NYPD #AdamToledo #DaunteWright pic.twitter.com/ganPVwjYM2
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) April 18, 2021
In one of the posted videos, a protester can be heard yelling:
“You’ll get (expletive) clapped, Delgado.”
According to reports, getting “clapped” means getting murdered if someone does not watch themselves.
Protesters were out in large numbers over the weekend, yet COVID-19 measures still do not allow restaurants to have full capacity. Rioting is allowed, but dining out is not.
— Cat Hyde Кот Хайд (I'm just here for my ban)🖤🧡 (@KBoomhauer) April 18, 2021
ABC7 New York reported that on Wednesday night, April 14th, an NYPD sergeant was elbowed in the head on the Upper East Side. Police said that the incident happened at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and East 76th Street around 9 p.m.
The sergeant suffered a cut to the head. The individual who reportedly struck the officer in the head has since been identified as Mikael Bucknavage.
Bucknavage is a 23-year-old public school teacher and was charged with assault on a police officer, riot, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and possession of a graffiti instrument.
According to authorities, Bucknavage was one of eight people arrested during the protests that evening. Seven others were arrested. Police said:
“After they engaged in violent behavior and were observed breaking multiple windows of businesses, yelled and harassed outdoor diner, and made graffiti on multiple buildings.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that he is demanding jail time for all individuals that were arrested. He said in a statement:
“I’m past asking. I’m actually demanding at this point. They need to go to jail. They need to be held accountable. They were arrested for misdemeanors. They cannot be prosecuted. We are going to follow these arrests. A misdemeanor in New York State, you’re eligible for up to a year in jail. Well, I can’t think of anyone that deserves a year in jail better than that.”
— #AccountabilityBeforeUnity🇺🇸 (@thnkflagnostic) April 18, 2021
However, Bucknavage was reportedly released without bail. A prosecutor asked for supervised release, but the educator was released without bail and no terms of supervision.
Before he appeared in court, sources stated that Bucknavage called his girlfriend and told her how to log onto his Department of Education email, pretend to be him, and let his boss know that he would “be out sick” Thursday.
The city Department of Education refused to say where Bucknavage works, stating only that he is no longer in the classroom. The Department of Education also declined to comment on his past and current arrests.
Bucknavage was previously convicted of another case of assaulting a police officer during a protest in July 2020.
NYC teacher, Mikael Bucknavage, released by de Blasio appointee, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anne Thompson, after 2nd bust for attack on cops at “protests” https://t.co/O4PIBjtqOd
— A.C. Spollen (@ACSpollen) April 17, 2021
The New York Post reported that some of the graffiti that was sprayed by the group said things like, “Kill cops,” “(expletive) the cops,” and “ACAB,” which the group sprayed on walls, doors, and cars. Shea said:
“You had an incident on 76/77 Street, Fifth to Madison, last night where a number of arrests were made. You had windows broken, at least one window broken. You had people’s cars graffitied. You had people spray painting, “kills cops?”
“Kill cops?” This is why we have memorials for cops because, as I’ve said, and you’re probably tired of me saying that, but I’m not going to stop saying it, words matter and spreading hate.”
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