Purported Black Lives Matter protesters are reportedly threatening to shoot police officers in an “eye for an eye” move following the officer-involved fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
What are the details?
The Daily Caller reported Friday that Black Lives Matter protesters rallied in the streets of Columbus, Ohio, following the teen’s death.
In a video, the news organization explained that a video posted to Twitter shows a group of protesters threatening to kill police officers.
“We’re not gonna sit here and just sit around while you shoot and kill us and go back to the suburbs,” an unidentified male can be heard saying. “We’re sick … maybe it needs to be an eye for an eye.”
Members of the crowd responded in agreement, yelling “Yeah!”
The speaker added, “They shoot us, we shoot them! You shoot us, we shoot you!”
The video, shared by Twitter user TheElefentGamer, was captioned, “BLM activists call for assassinations of police in response to the Columbus shooting of an armed teenager.”
The video has been viewed more than 10,000 times at the time of this reporting.
BLM activists call for assassinations of police in response to the Columbus shooting of an armed teenager. https://t.co/U5TWhyI0iZ
— Mr. James (@Mr. James)1619072741.0
Kiara Yakita, founder of the Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the officer’s use of force was unjust because he didn’t attempt to de-escalate the situation.
“When I saw the bodycam, I noticed the difference in how they police. When it comes to black people, they do not like to deescalate,” Yakita said. “The reaction seems to be to fear black people who are in conflict and to just try to violently stop them.”
“There’s not many questions asked, there is hardly any time spent trying to identify who’s the victim, who’s the aggressor, who’s the person who even called us here for help in the first place,” she added.