On Thursday’s episode of “The View,” Sunny Hostin reacted to the fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio by saying that it shouldn’t be acceptable in America for “police to shoot a 16 year-old” over a knife fight.
“My question is, you know, why is deadly force always the first order of business and especially the first order of business when it comes to Black and Brown people in this country?” Hostin said. “I mean, when is it OK, and why is it OK? We shouldn’t live in a country quite frankly where it’s acceptable for the police to shoot a 16-year old four times in the chest over a fight. It goes from zero to execution very, very quickly when there is a Black or Brown person involved.”
“She was 16-years old, in foster care,” hosting added. “Yes, she was yielding a knife, but there were other girls also allegedly attacking her. Let’s compare apples to apples. Let’s compare this young girl, 16-years-old or 17-years-old, to other 17-year-olds. Let’s compare her to Kyle Rittenhouse. He was carrying an assault weapon. Do you know what officers did? The video shows the police shared water with him and thanked him for his presence.”
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“After the shooting, he was able to leave the scene, even though caught on video, he walked towards police with his hands up as protesters yelled he had shot people,” she added. “Let’s also compare him to the Atlanta shooter Robert Aaron Long. He was taken into custody without incident. You know what the officer said who arrested him, that he was having a really bad day. How about comparing him to Dylan Roof? He killed nine churchgoers. He was treated so kindly by police that he was taken to a Burger King. Was de-escalation a possibility here in this case? Not with this black girl, not at all.”
BODYCAM FOOTAGE OF MA’KHIA BRYANT SHOOTING RELEASED: Another police-related death was caught on bodycam in Columbus, Ohio when 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot by police— @JoyVBehar, @Sunny Hostin and @MeghanMcCain react. https://t.co/BxC0qOlZXu pic.twitter.com/c8hSQmros1
— The View (@TheView) April 22, 2021
Hostin said this despite the fact that body camera footage showed that Bryant was about to stab another girl when police shot her, meaning the officer was basically left with no choice but to save the girl she was going to stab by opening fire.