The White House condemned “police violence.” After appearing to attack another person with a knife; police shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, a teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio.
“The killing of 16-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.
Bodycam video was released by the Columbus Division of Police showing Bryant having a knife while fighting another girl when police fired shots.
Psaki also noted Bryant was a foster care child and noted the “particular vulnerabilities” foster children face.
“Her death came, as you noted, just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin, and the verdict was reached,” she concluded.