White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the police shooting of a teenage girl who was attempting to stab another girl in Columbus, Ohio a tragedy on Wednesday before going on to insinuate it was also a part of ‘systemic racism.’
Psaki failed to mention that the police officer in question likely may have saved the girl who the perpetrator was trying to stab’s life, or the. fact that 16-year-old, Ma’Khia Bryant, was brandishing a large knife.
As Fox News reports:
“Let me just say, since you gave me the opportunity, the killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by the Columbus police is tragic. She was a child,” Psaki said. “We know that police violence disproportionately impacts Black and Latino people and communities and that Black women and girls like Black men and boys experience higher rates of police violence.”
“We also know that there are particular vulnerabilities that children in foster care like Ma’Khia face,” Psaki added…
The White House struck a forceful tone in light of the Derek Chauvin verdict and renewed police brutality protests across the country. Psaki did not mention that the girl appeared to be attacking another with a knife.
“Her death came, as you noted, just as America is hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached. So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on and, of course, to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place at police departments around the country,” she continued.