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Foster Mum Of 16-Year-Old Killed By Police In Ohio Says Fight That Led To Shooting Was About Housekeeping

by : Mike Williams on : 23 Apr 2021 12:53
Foster Mum Of 16-Year-Old Killed By Police In Michigan Says Fight That Led To Shooting Was About HousekeepingMa'Khia Bryant/Facebook/Columbus Police Department

New details over the fatal shooting of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant have emerged in the wake of the tragedy that happened earlier this week.

16-year-old Ma’Khia was killed on April 20 after police showed up to a 911 call she had made, in which she had reported someone was trying to attack her with a knife.

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Upon their arrival at the scene, one of the officers asked for an explanation, before one girl – Ma’Khia – pushed another to the ground and then another against a car. Slow-motion bodycam footage released after the incident showed a knife visible in Ma’Khia’s hand, and it was after the officer in question shouted at her to ‘get down’ several times that he opened fire four times.

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According to Angela Moore, the foster parent who was caring for the girl at the time, Ma’Khia was arguing with two other women who used to live there over the messiness of the house, before a fight broke out.

Moore explained that she had arrived home from work to the dispute, and that ‘it was over keeping the house clean. The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty’.’

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Moore also shared what one of the other girls living there had told her had happened. Ma’Khia is claimed to have said, ‘You’re not the guardian of me.’

‘They argue all the time,’ said Moore, ‘but I never thought it would escalate like that.’

She says she received a worried call from one of her former foster kids – who can be seen on the video of the officer’s bodycam – pleading for her to get home quickly.

‘Mom, get home. Where are you? They’re going crazy,’ Moore recalled the young woman saying down the phone. ‘She said they shot Ma’Kiah and I said, ‘Huh?’ It was just crazy.’

Upon hearing that, she immediately started to pray, before text messages flooded through saying how sorry they were. Upon arriving home, officers informed her that Ma’Khia was dead.

‘I never in my worst nightmare would have thought it would ever come to this,’ she explained. ‘[Ma’Khia] was fun,’ Moore said of the teenager. ‘She liked to dance. She did chores around the house.’

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Ma’Khia’s family also spoke about the sort of girl she was, with her cousin describing her as ‘a good student, a good person’ whose life had been unfairly cut short.

Her mother, Paula Bryant, grieved that her ‘beautiful baby’ had been cruelly ‘taken away’.

‘I love God and I’m just going to put it in God’s hands right now,’ she shared, when discussing accountability for her daughter’s death at the hands of a police officer. ‘That’s all I know how to do.’

‘I want the world to know that Ma’Khia was beautiful,’ she said. ‘She had a sweet little voice. Oh my gosh, she was just so talented. She was… on the path to going many places, definitely.’

The incident took place just moments before Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts of killing George Floyd, and raises yet more questions about the use of firearms in the US.

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