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On April 27 of 2021, I posted The Ma’Khia Bryant Case: Justice?  I began that article with this:

There is much conjecture about a two-tiered system of justice in America, which conjecture comes closer to indisputable fact every day.  It is, as much else, a set of tiers delineated by class.  On the lower tier are Normal Americans, people who see the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, not a list of suggestions or a “living document.”  They fully embrace the rule of law with its fundamental pillars of the presumption of innocence, due process, and a criminal justice process without intimidation.  On the upper tier are the self-imagined elite: politicians, the academy, professional athletes, Hollywood and virtually all of its denizens, and whatever favored victim group is currently useful to the Democrat/Socialist/Communist narrative.  They embrace only the pursuit of power, and whatever means necessary—all is fair in defeating and destroying Normals–to achieve that end, though whatever power they amass will never be enough.

Inevitably, reality intrudes on their narrative, leading to severe cases of narrative dissonance.  Black lives matter, but only if they support the narrative.

In this case, Columbus, OH police were called to a disturbance, where “a girl” was trying to stab others.  Within seconds of arriving, an officer shot and killed 16-year old Ma’Khia Bryant.  She was Black, he was white, which provoked the usual RACISM!!! narrative.  Biden press flack Jen Psaki was predictable:

The White House Wednesday condemned ‘police violence’ after police shot and killed teenage girl Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, after she appeared to attack another person with a knife.

‘The killing of 15-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by the Columbus police is tragic,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a prepared statement during the White House press briefing. ‘She was a child.’

Psaki pointed to the racial disparities surrounding ‘police violence’ as part of the White House reaction to the shooting.

‘We know that police violence disproportionally impacts Black and Latino people and communities and that black women and girls, like black men and boys, experience higher rates of police violence,’ she said.

Take the link to see why Psaki was lying about everything she said, including “the” and “and.”  We hire the police to do violence, when necessary, on our behalf.  Characterizing the actions of police officers acting within the law, doing what we hire them to do so we won’t have as “police violence,” makes precisely as much sense as calling the criminal misuse of firearms “gun violence,” which is to say, none at all.  As George Orwell said:

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.’

These days we’d need to add women like Leigh Ann Hester, Monica Lin Brown and Kimberly Campbell.  You can read about them here.  The included link about Campbell is no longer active, but an alternate article is here.  It’s an inspiring story, as are the stories of Hester and Brown.  Racist, ambulance-chasing lawyer Benjamin Crump was also predictable:

So was NBC:


And Lebron James, who issued a death threat against the officer:

More on James later.  What the usual suspects did not want people to know is the officer, Nicholas Reardon, shot and killed Bryant because she had a knife in her hand and was in the process, within fractions of a second, of stabbing another black girl.  In other words, a white police officer saved a black girl from imminent serious injury or death.

Lebron James was forced to vanish his tweet very quickly after posting it, so fierce was the backlash, like this:

To which James stupidly replied:

By all means, take the link and read the entire article, which is a primer on the kinds of racist, unthinking, anti-police narrative directed against an officer who did everything right, and actually saved a black girl’s life.  Writing about such incidents, the races of those involved should be irrelevant.  That would be equality.  Unfortunately, D/S/C race hustlers have shoved equity down America’s throat, making it nearly impossible to do otherwise.  Heinlein’s prophetic tweet applied well to James:

Do black lives matter?  Not unless they’re politically useful, as I noted last April:

From everything that is currently known, the officer was entirely justified.  Not only did he use correct judgment, he saved a life, a Black life, which to the way of faux-thinking of most D/S/Cs, just doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is a white cop shot a Black girl, who was trying to kill another Black girl, but that doesn’t matter because RACISM! And COPS! And WHITE SUPREMACY! And of course, THE HOLY SOCIAL JUSTICE NARRATIVE.

The case was professionally investigated, and on March 12, 2022, Legal Insurrection reported Officer Reardon was cleared, or at least, not indicted:

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.

As I noted in my original article, this was about as clear a case of a lawful shooting as one could imagine.  What saved Reardon from life in prison was not only his entirely lawful and correct actions, but his body camera, which recorded the whole thing.  Take the Legal Insurrection link to see the footage.  However, Reardon is not remotely out of danger, as CNN reports: 

The next step in the case is ‘an administrative investigation to determine whether the officer’s actions were within Division policy,’ the public safety department of the city of Columbus said in a statement.

‘Because of that pending investigation, at this time we are not able to comment further,’ the Friday statement said.

As is common, the Daily Mail, a British news outlet, has a much more complete version of initial coverage of the event here.  

 Final Thoughts:  Officer Nicholas Reardon, has escaped being prosecuted for correctly doing his duty, but he remains in jeopardy.  Even today, Bryant is a holy social justice martyr, though not quite with the cachet of George Floyd or Trayvon Martin.  She was stopped in the act of trying to murder another black girl, but the D/S/C media and others cannot stop trying to make her a victim, an eternal slave to the narrative.  ABC News, shortly after the event, decried the “adultification” of Bryant, carrying on the theme that because Bryant was a teenager, Reardon was someone wrong to keep her from committing murder, and of course, race somehow played a role in an incident with no racial component.  Long before 2021, Temporary President Biden was pushing the idea police officers should never actually stop people from committing murder:

It’s an issue I addressed in Joe Biden: Shooting Reason In The Leg.  He’s never stopped pushing that dangerous and unlawful advice, though to be fair, he probably barely knows who’s looking back at him in the mirror in the morning.  An example:

There’s a lot of things we’ve learned and it takes time, but we can do this. You can ban chokeholds … you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances… Instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.

Ahead for Reardon is an administrative review, where he could be disciplined, including being fired, and while I’ve not been able to find much of anything on the subject, it’s certain Reardon and the Columbus Police Department are being sued.  Will Columbus fold like a cheap lawn chair to avoid being called “racist,” leaving Reardon’t reputation forever soiled, as well as that of every Columbus officer, and every officer nationwide?  Sadly, that would be the usual course of action.

While the Columbus Police have, for the moment, done the right thing, there is no guarantee they’ll continue to support Reardon, who did no wrong, and in doing no wrong, saved a life.  Certainly, he’ll have a target on his back for the rest of his life.  Were I him, I’d absolutely move, perhaps to take a police job elsewhere, perhaps not—it might be smarter to get out of the profession entirely–but he’ll need to look over his shoulder as long as he lives.

Ma’Khia Bryant’s death was a tragedy, as is the death of anyone so young, but it was no one’s fault but hers.  Teenagers in a murderous rage are no less deadly then adults, and because they so often lack impulse control, they’re equally often more dangerous.  That a significant portion of America cannot or will not accept these essential truths does not portend at all well for us all.