THE GREAT grandmother of the 16-year-old black girl fatally shot by police has slammed their conduct, comparing the killing to the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Ma'Khia Bryant was shot by a cop in Ohio just moments before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.


Ma'Khia's family have condemned the shooting that took place outside a foster home she had been living at on the east side of Columbus and voiced their distrust of law enforcement who they say, "are going to lie. The police are going to cover up for themselves. They don’t care."

The teenagers great grandmother Ila Bryant told the Daily Beast her death resembles the killing of 26-year-old emergency room aide Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by police at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020, when cops executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment as she slept with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker.

"It looks to me like that’s what the police wanted to do, to kill her. I’m just trying to figure out why," Ila said.

"We have to remember that we should love each other."

Breonna was tragically killed when three white officers fired shots into her home while executing a narcotics search warrant.

A grand jury did not charge the officers for their role in her death, but detectives Myles Cosgrove – who fired 16 rounds into the apartment – and Joshua Jaynes – who was not present but dishonestly sought the warrant – were sacked in January.



Sgt Jonathan Mattingly was shot in the leg by Taylor's boyfriend, who said he thought an intruder was breaking into the home.

The decision disappointed and angered those who had demanded justice for Taylor, with protesters vowing to stay in the streets until all the officers involved were fired or someone was charged with her killing.

Three grand jurors, speaking anonymously, have since come forward to say that Cameron did not allow the grand jury to consider homicide-related charges against the officers for Taylor's death.

The two slayings of the young black women both sparked outrage and nationwide protests.

Crowds gathered in Columbus and in front of the Ohio Statehouse brandishing signs with Ma'Khia's name on in the wake of her death, as well as the words 'Black Lives Matter'.

The graphic bodycam footage of the incident was promptly released by the Columbus police department showing officers responding to a 911 call, which the 16-year-old's family claim she made, regarding an attempted stabbing.

A cop can be heard shouting, "Get down! Get down!" before firing four shots as the girls continue to grapple with one another, before Ma'Khia falls to the ground.

A male can be heard exclaiming, "She’s just a f*****g kid, man!"



Officer Nicholas Reardon, who joined the force in 2019, was identified as the cop who fired the fatal shots and has since reportedly been placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

Following the fatal shooting on Tuesday Hazel Bryant, who identified herself as Ma'Khia's aunt, said she believes police are not going to be truthful about what happened to her niece.

"The police are going to lie," she told reporters. "I’m so thankful that someone from the family was actually on the scene."

“The police are going to lie. The police are going to cover up for themselves. They don’t care," she added.

"At this point, I feel like they’re just out to kill Black people. They’re not here to protect and serve. That isn’t happening. That’s been over a long time ago. They’re not here to protect and serve. They’re here to kill Black folks."

"She was a good kid. She was loving. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street."

Mom Paula Bryant described her daughter as a "sweet child" who was on the honor roll at school.

"She was a very loving, peaceful little girl," Paula Bryant told WBNS.

She added: "Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace."

"That's something that I want to always be remembered."

The shooting came just minutes ahead of the verdict being announced in Chauvin's trial, that saw him found guilty on all counts of murdering George Floyd.

Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by a Brooklyn Center Police officer in Minneapolis towards the end of Chauvin's proceedings during a traffic stop by police officer Kimberly Potter.

A black father-of-ten was reportedly shot dead by a cop attempting to serve him a search warrant on Wednesday.

Andrew Brown Jr, 40, was killed after entering his vehicle and beginning to leave his residence while authorities were at his home, according to reports.

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