Columbus has witnessed numerous protests against the murder of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant a day after she was shot by a police officer. The protest and mourning were joined by several high profile celebrities, including pop icon Beyonce, Justin Bieber and actress Zendaya.
The incident involving the murder of the 16-year-old took place on April 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio, around the time that Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd. The policeman who opened fire on the girl has been identified as Nicholas Reardon.
It was Ma’Khia who called 911 after older children threatened to attack her, her family said. The footage shows policemen shouting “Get off!” Then the officer fired four shots at Ma’Khia. The girl is seen holding a knife while rushing towards another person.
Posting a photo of the 16-year-old on her website, Beyonce expressed her sadness, saying, “We mourn the young life of Ma’Khia Bryant.”
Pop singer Justin Bieber, on Instagram, shared a photo of a vigil for Ma’Khia. He captioned his post: “It sounds so unreal, but this is the world we live in.”
“It saddens me that it has become such a normal thing. It is far from normal and no protocol.
Zendaya also looked heartbroken as she shared a photo on social media and said, “Ma’Khia Bryant. I don’t have the words for this one.
Besides celebrities, the general public also came to express their feelings for the deceased on social networks.
“After holding my breath for weeks, this verdict from Derek Chauvin offers only momentary relief. I could at least breathe for a moment before taking the next step,” said Elaine Welteroth, co-host of The Talk and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. her Instagram feed.
“But it’s not even an exhale. Because in the next breath we have to reckon with the current reality that our babies are still being killed by cops. Ma’Khia Bryant was killed by cops while this verdict was returned yesterday. Tomorrow we have to see #DaunteWright buried. We’re all still out of breath. It doesn’t stop. We couldn’t have a fucking moment of relief without someone else being murdered . “