Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther sat down and talked with Magic 95.5’s own Divine Martino to talk about this tragic loss to the community and her family, “I’m not just the mayor I’m a dad as well. I have a daughter and the city is grieving the loss of that 16-year-old and lifting that family up in our thoughts and prayers. We released the officer’s body-worn camera footage as soon as we could in record time. We thought it was very important to be as transparent and responsible as possible and we will release additional information soon.”
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He goes on to express how the loss of a 16-year-old girl weighs heavy on him as a father and a leader of the Columbus community.
“What led to a 16-year-old girl to believe her only option was to resolve a dispute with a knife. I promise to you that and our community is that we will address both of these questions in a transparent and responsible way.” – Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
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#SayHerName Celebrities and Notable Figures React to The Killing of #MakhiaBryant
1. Bernice King
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Dear baby girl Ma’Khia:— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 21, 2021
Right now, someone is excusing your death for their own reasons.
I believe that you being shot and killed by police is reflective of an ideology and persistent inhumanity that this nation refuses to address.
I mourn you and I’m sorry. pic.twitter.com/CsHaOO8EdB
2. Nicey Nash
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3. Justin Timberlake
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Say her name, #MaKhiaBryant.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) April 21, 2021
4. Derrick Johnson
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The emotional contrast between the #DerekChauvinVerdict and the killing of #MaKhiaBryant is exactly why we must not use small wins to justify the end of large fights! We must stay steadfast in our pursuit of #PoliceAccountability— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) April 21, 2021
WE NEED #PoliceReformNOWhttps://t.co/2jp2nhx8rR
5. Brittney Cooper
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A Black girl is dead because the cops brought a gun to a damn knife fight. If you don’t know how to de-escalate teen girls who are fighting, you should not be a police officer. I said what I said. #MakhiaBryant— Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk) April 21, 2021
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ACAB— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 21, 2021
ABOLISH THE FUCKING POLICE.
the same day we “celebrate” a verdict for another loss that should’ve never happened, a Black child is murdered.
ABOLISHMENT IS THE ONLY ANSWER.
💔💔💔💔💔 #MAKHIABRYANT https://t.co/CdGdefooeE
7. Senator Sherrod Brown
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While the verdict was being read in the Derek Chauvin trial, Columbus police shot and killed a sixteen-year-old girl.— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) April 21, 2021
Her name was Ma’Khia Bryant. She should be alive right now. #MaKhiaBryanthttps://t.co/8SBdK4mxlE
8. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
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It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation. Sharing the body worn camera footage — while incomplete — was critical. We will share more footage as it becomes available. https://t.co/sae7c2SsuP— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 21, 2021
9. The Game
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There was absolutely no time between celebrating the conviction of Derek Chauvin & having to mourn Ma’Khia Bryant... This is really numbing !!!— The Goat (@thegame) April 21, 2021
10. Roland Martin
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This is PRECISELY what I said last night. That cop arrived on the scene, and it was 22 seconds from opening the door to first shots. He had. I way of ascertaining if #mahkiabryant was the aggressor or defending herself. She's now dead https://t.co/cALu1dJcbB— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 21, 2021
11. Jada Pinkett Smith11 of 12
12. Kathy Griffin
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WARNING. How in the hell does this police officer think it’s a good idea to fire shots blindly into a group of teenagers having a fight. Yes one of them has a knife. Oh, that never happened in your school or neighborhood? She didn’t deserve to die. 16 years old. #makhiabryant https://t.co/hnimSwnG7s— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 21, 2021
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