The tragic case of Ma’Khia Bryant

The police shooting of an Ohio teen upends a community, and asks, “Do Black girls matter?”

On April 29, 2021, a 16-year-old teen in Columbus, Ohio called the police for help in a house dispute at the foster home she resided with several other youth. In the call, Ma’Khia Bryant said that adults were attempting to fight her.

When the police arrive, Ma’Khia was one of several in a group melee. However, she wielded a knife against her adult attacker, and was subsequently shot and killed by one of the officers who showed up.

This segment of Weekly Check In talks about the complexity of Miss Bryant’s tragic ending, and the systems that failed her leading up to her death, and afterwards. Our contributors are Dame Crawford and Dr. Sherice Janaye Nelson.

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