Common, Justin Bieber, and Lizzo are just a few of those honoring 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, killed at the hands of Columbus, Ohio police.
JORDYN ROLLING: Several artists are speaking out against the killing of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant at the hands of police in Columbus, Ohio.
Thirty minutes before the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was read on Tuesday, April 20, Ma'Khia was shot. According to the teenager's family, Ma'Khia called 911 for help, saying people were attacking her. Upon their arrival, bodycam footage released by law enforcement shows Ma'Khia swinging what appears to be a knife at another female. That's when an officer fired four times, fatally wounding her.
It's still unclear what led to the altercation, but the quick use of deadly force by police on yet another Black person has left the public outraged. Common, Justin Bieber, and Lizzo all uploaded images of Ma'Khia on Instagram. Beyoncé wrote on her website, "We mourn the young life of Ma'Khia Bryant."
The Game shared his sorrow on Twitter, writing, "There was absolutely no time between celebrating the conviction of Derek Chauvin and having to mourn Ma'Khia Bryant. This is really numbing, " adding, "It's really scary raising black children in this country. No matter how much we prepare them for these police encounters, they can still be killed."
And Chika wrote, "It does not matter if there was a weapon. As an officer, you learn de-escalation tactics. This never needed to happen." Meanwhile, Kehlani proclaimed in a tweet, "Abolish the 'effing' police. Abolishment is the only answer."
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has said state investigators will determine, quote, "if the officer involved was wrong, and if he was we will hold him accountable," end quote.
For more on this developing story, head to Billboard.com. For Billboard News, I'm Jordyn Rolling.