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From Vox:

Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name
The 16-year-old Black girl could never be the “perfect victim.”

By Fabiola Cineas May 1, 2021, 8:30am EDT

After watching 15 seconds of police body camera footage last week, viewers of various races and political affiliations had made a decision: 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was “the aggressor” — the “fat,” “huge,” “knife-wielding attacker” and “maniac” who deserved to be fatally shot by the police on April 20 in Columbus, Ohio.

According to these viewers, Nicholas Reardon, the police officer who immediately shot and killed Bryant, who was holding a knife, was justified. That she was a teenager in the middle of an altercation, in which she was presumed to be defending herself, did not matter.

After all, the girl in pink was armed with a purse puppy. If that doesn’t demand a stabbing, I don’t know what does.

… But the cries for justice that applied to George Floyd did not ring out as loudly for Bryant. Even after it was discovered that Bryant was living in foster care, that she was in the middle of a fight with older women when police arrived, and that she was allegedly the one who summoned the police for help, people — some of the same people who called for justice in Floyd’s case — used police talking points to justify the four bullets that Reardon unloaded into Bryant’s chest. She was brandishing a knife, many pointed out, which meant the other Black women needed to be protected.

Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

And what about telekinesis? Did Officer Reardon even try to use brainwaves to disarm Ma’K the Knife?

In many recorded encounters between the police and white people carrying weapons, for instance, officers didn’t shoot first or even reach for their guns — they successfully managed to peacefully apprehend the suspect.

Bryant’s death has become a debate that questions a child’s actions — and worthiness to live — instead of another example of the racism of policing and the institution’s failure to provide wholesome support, care, and safety for the communities it serves. The insistence that Reardon had no other option than to take Bryant’s life to save others — though he risked everyone’s life in the process — displays the lack of consideration and value that society places on the lives of Black girls and women.

Treva Lindsey, a professor of African American women’s history at Ohio State University, told Vox that there are those who won’t see Bryant as a victim but as someone who brought this on herself. And even for those who do see her as a victim, they’ll still victim-blame, erasing the systemic oppression — including that Black children are far more likely to be in foster care than their white counterparts, and kids in foster care are often exposed to high levels of violence — that brought her to being killed at the hands of the police.

“People will say ‘I’m really sad this whole scenario happened, but had she not had that knife …’ That becomes the ‘but,’ the qualifier, the caveat. And too often we have a caveat when it comes to defending, protecting, and caring for Black girls,” Lindsey said.

And so forth and so on at great length.

 
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  1. More importantly, who reads and believes this shit? Who thinks this way?

    I know, lots of people. Still, it would be helpful to maybe, oh, you know, track them down, doxx them, harass them and ruin their lives.

    Like they threaten to do to us.

    Okay?

    • Agree: Richard B, Redman, bomag, AndrewR
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Richard B
  2. Barnard says:

    I have read nothing that says Bryant personally was exposed to violence in the foster care system. Based on her father trying to kick a girl in the head, it seems likely he exposed her to some. Not that any of that matters. Making excuses for black violence is a certain path to ruin.

  3. Polistra says:

    victim-blame, erasing the systemic oppression — including that Black children are far more likely to be in foster care than their white counterparts

    How is it “systemic oppression” that black people choose to have so many more children than they’re willing or able to raise?

    That she was a teenager in the middle of an altercation, in which she was presumed to be defending herself, did not matter.

    It’s weird, but if she and her father had gone ahead and killed the other girls, that would have been systemic oppression too.

  4. Anon[276] • Disclaimer says:

    This case really is perfect for the modern media narrative machine to exploit.

    They get to write in support of an obviously ridiculous position so that true believers are able to share the article to signal passing a purity test to the rest of the woke.

    Right thinking people share the article to mock its absurdity.

    Everyone clicks and Vox profits.

  5. jon says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    The pics below are stills from his body cam. He’s supposed to leap in between them somehow. It’s just like a racist White guy to not have a twelve foot standing broad jump.

    • Thanks: Polistra
  6. ic1000 says:

    > And so forth and so on at great length.

    You mean that was a fair-use excerpt rather than a cut/paste of the whole thing?

    I guess Vox pays their struggling writers by the word rather than by the idea.

    If it was by the good idea, then Mx. Cineas would be getting pretty hungry around now.

  7. I’m currently reading Mark Baker’s Cops, a collection of cop stories published in 1985. No major publisher would market a book like this today. The following observation from one of the cops interviewed struck me.

    The culture that pays and maintains the police department is not the culture we most often supervise. Very often people in a ghetto neighborhood do not want police protection. Most of the time they do, but in subjective terms. If you are there you have to be aware of what they are talking about and their standards, because you can take a bad situation and make it worse. You can also get yourself hurt when you shouldn’t.

    This was to be my steady post. Not long after I started there, a fight broke out in the street between a guy and his wife. In less than a minute there had to be two hundred people there. In my own stupidity I jumped into the middle of this thing to try to straighten it out. They both had knives.

    But, I was rescued. I was holding onto the husband and out of the corner of my eye I saw a radio car drive right into the crowd. An arm reached out of the passenger side and grabbed me by the neck. I held onto my prisoner. The arm threw us both in the back of the radio car. The sergeant then proceeded to chew me out. “What the fuck are you doing?”

    • Thanks: tyrone, ic1000
    • Replies: @Polistra
  8. Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    Which “experts” said this? What are their credentials? Did you show these “experts” the video with the knife about to plunge into the would-be victim?

    This is up there with “anonymous sources” within the Capitol Hill Police Dept or the Intelligence Agencies, or “high level sources inside the White House.” It’s basically a lie.

    I say “basically” because there are always warm bodies out there who say very silly things just as there are tarot card readers who warn us of fluctuations in the Stock Market or impending natural disasters. “If only we’d listened to those ‘experts’.”

    • Agree: Polistra
  9. syonredux says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    And what about telekinesis? Did Officer Reardon even try to use brainwaves to disarm Ma’K the Knife?

    Come on, Steve, with proper training, anyone can perform a bare-handed blade block:

  10. syonredux says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    Or maybe not….

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  11. jon says:

    OT, but pretty iStevey:
    Affirmative Action plastic surgeon disfigures patient because she wanted to make a rap video out of the surgery. Got caught because she posted the video to her social media:

    A quick search shows that she made dozens of these videos and posted them all online. She has temporarily lost her license and been ordered to pay restitution to her patients.

    Somewhere in the suburbs of Atlanta, a White guy is practicing chiropractic medicine because she took his place at med school.

  12. Polistra says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I was holding onto the husband and out of the corner of my eye I saw a radio car drive right into the crowd. An arm reached out of the passenger side and grabbed me by the neck. I held onto my prisoner. The arm threw us both in the back of the radio car.

    Remote control suicide doors! I love it!


    Cowboys, oil men, cops. They all had class and style back then.

  13. black sea says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    IIRC, Officer Reardon shouted at Bryant twice to “get on the ground,” which is of course a form of communication, and could perhaps have led to a resolution, had she wanted to peacefully discuss her grievances. Unfortunately, she seemed not to be in the mood for a chat. So the only deescalation tactic left would have been to physically insert himself between a knife-wielding attacker and her target. “Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s you and her fight. You can’t use any of your weapons. She gets to use an eight-inch knife.” Not too many people are going to sign on for that job.

    But we all know what the drill here really is: there are no justifiable police shootings of Blacks. Ever. Oh, some such incidents may not be worth prosecuting at the present time, because of our society’s systemic racism and “caveats” such as “she had a knife.” But in a perfect world, every White cop who impedes that actions of any Black person would be locked up. In fact, we shouldn’t have White cops. Actually, we shouldn’t have any cops at all. Just crisis response experts who keep the lines of communication open and provide “wholesome support” throughout.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  14. @Mike Tre

    Would iSteve like to touch her hair?

    (I would. Just for a few seconds sort of except she probably would hate me for it.)

  15. Dan Smith says:

    Fabiola means BS artist.

  16. Polistra says:
    @black sea

    I’d lament the fact that this scheme seems almost custom-made for wrecking a society, but for the other fact that this is actually its express purpose.

    It reminds me of nothing so much as how Marxist revolutionaries would target a country first by doing their level best to wreck its economy, largely through terrorism. The existing power structure would then be blamed. And the rest would fall neatly into place.

  17. According to American airlines a 16 year old is an adult.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  18. According to American airlines a 16 year old is an adult.

  19. According to American Airlines a 16 year old is an adult.

    • LOL: Spect3r
    • Replies: @additionalMike
  20. anon[632] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    More importantly, who reads and believes this shit? Who thinks emotes this way?

    白左 just for a start.

  21. As I keep saying, some people need to lose access to the police and courts if they get stabbed. Because “it’s only a knife”.

  22. notsaying says:

    The people quoted in the Vox article refuse to accept the facts and instead are concentrating on making up counterfactual scenarios and different responses by Officer Reardon in their own mind that can lead to another ending.

    One of the reasons they are doing this is that the media hasn’t made it clear to everyone what went on. As was reported here last week, Bryant’s father was at the scene that day. Instead of de-escalating things and taking the knife away from his daughter, he kicked a girl. He is the one who should have done what everybody says Officer Reardon should have done but of course he didn’t have a chance to do.

    It turns out her sister was there too that day; she lived in the same foster home. The Daily Mail reports about her sister:

    “On March 28, just a few weeks before Bryant was killed, her biological younger sister, Janiah, 15, told a 911 dispatcher, ‘I don’t want to be here no more,’ according to records obtained by the Associated Press.

    She told police she wanted to be placed in a different home.

    Informed that wasn’t something police could do, ‘The victim then became irate and stated that if she does not get to leave, then she was going to kill someone in the home,’ a police report said. The girl was later taken to a hospital for an evaluation.”

    I am quite willing to accept Ma’Khia Bryant as a victim — certainly of her parents and possibly of the foster care system. This most recent article says her mother is dropping all thoughts of suing anybody. We know she was dying for a payday so I am figuring the presence of the father at the scene combined with his and her pasts contain so many negative things that nobody’s going to give them any money. It also said she has three kids in foster care for four years. Ma’Khia was the fourth child and by the looks of her brother who is pictured, he is over 18. So all minor children were out of the home but everything was the white cop’s fault.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9530585/Records-MaKhia-Bryants-sister-sought-help-shooting.html

  23. Treva Lindsey, a professor of African American women’s history…

    We know a Treva. She’s almost entirely of Swedish ancestry. But the name appears to be Welsh, a feminine form of Trevor. Treva Lindsey is probably neither Welsh nor Swedish.

    After all, the girl in pink was armed with a purse puppy. If that doesn’t demand a stabbing, I don’t know what does.

  24. @Polistra

    Cowboys, oil men, cops. They all had class and style back then.

    Buicks have class. Continentals are the wigger’s answer to Cadillacs.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @new Stalin
  25. @jon

    Viewer advisory at 2:10. Proceed with caution.

  26. After all, the girl in pink was armed with a purse puppy. If that doesn’t demand a stabbing, I don’t know what does.

    Her purse puppy was small and cute and white so of course she did not deserve a stabbing, unlike, say for instance, if she had been holding a dachsund, if such a thing were possible.

  27. You don’t know what German attack words that Purse Puppy responds to.

  28. Polistra says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Buicks have class.

    LOL

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  29. Catdog says:

    In many recorded encounters between the police and white people carrying weapons, for instance, officers didn’t shoot first or even reach for their guns — they successfully managed to peacefully apprehend the suspect.

    Many! For example…

    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Polistra
  30. El Dato says:

    It is my contention that grammar and spelling fixers have made such writing palatable. If the quality of writing were not machine-corrected. it quality of thinking underneath would shine through.

    • Replies: @Yancey Ward
  31. El Dato says:
    @jon

    ordered to pay restitution to her patients

    Black-on-Black restitutions?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  32. Richard B says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    the institution’s failure to provide wholesome support, care, and safety for the communities it serves.

    Of course, government institions in general and law enforcement in particular are expected to provide wholesome (wholesome?) support, care, and safety for them because their parents are constitutionally incapable of doing the job themselves.

    What their parents actually do is routinely model violent behavior. Like Knife Girl’s father did in the video. His behavior helps explain hers.

    The more they keep writing about this the more this incident will become the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @bomag
    , @AndrewR
  33. @Barnard

    I think she may have exposed other children to violence. She definitely seems to be more of an exposer than exposee.

  34. Mr. Anon says:

    Vox Media would be more aptly named “Pox Media”.

  35. I’m glad you read this artless, hypocritical dreck so we don’t have to.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  36. @Polistra

    Buicks have class.

    LOL

    Well, they did. Just ask Paul Fussell:

    The worst kind of upper-middle-class types own a Mercedes, just as the best own elderly Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Chryslers, and perhaps Jeeps and Land Rovers…

    POWER STEERING

    The Preppy Handbook concurs.

    Buicks are as invisible as cars ever get. And nothing says “class” like that which says nothing at all.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @mmack
  37. @El Dato

    I hope this was brilliant satire, not that I disagree with the point otherwise.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  38. @jon

    OT, but pretty iStevey

    Don’t be apologetic, this is fully iSteve-worthy IMHO.

    In fact, it could be the beginning of a whole genre. Here’s one about a patient who recorded her surgery by hiding a recording device in…wait for it…her hair extension!

    • Replies: @bomag
  39. ‘In many recorded encounters between the police and white people carrying weapons, for instance, officers didn’t shoot first or even reach for their guns — they successfully managed to peacefully apprehend the suspect.’

    Is it really true that white people don’t resist arrest?

    • Thanks: HammerJack
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Anon
  40. anon[635] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steven Carr

    Is it really true that white people don’t resist arrest?

    More white privilege. When will it ever end?

    • Replies: @black sea
  41. Anonymous[331] • Disclaimer says:

    ” Vox at its Poxyiest* ‘more like.

    *Poxy – An archaic, Cockney English swear word, now seldom heard, but commonly used in as late as the 1970s.
    ‘Pox’ in this context, of course, refers to the ‘Great Pox’ , (as distinct from the smallpox), Syphilis.
    Undoubtedly, the usage as a term of abuse dates right from the very inception of syphilis on British shores, which is in the 16th century.
    Most traditional English profanity has ancient roots and folk continuity.

    • Agree: Fluesterwitz
  42. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    According to American airlines a 16 year old is an adult.

    According to Woody Allen and Jeffrey Epstein too.

    • LOL: Spect3r
  43. Sic transit gloria mundi. Say its name.

  44. Polistra says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Dude. That was decades ago. And even then, Buicks were Middle American.

    • Replies: @Dube
  45. Polistra says:
    @Catdog

    It’s that innumerate plausible denial thing that the MSM specialize in. It’s happened many times! Fifteen, for example. That’s many, right? Not to mention sixteen.

  46. Polistra says:
    @Richard B

    Keep hoping. And I mean that without irony, for the most part.

  47. black sea says:
    @anon

    When a cop says to a White person, “Shut up and get in the back of the car!” what he really means is “No need to tell me where you would like to be dropped off, sir; I assume it’s the yacht club.”

    • Replies: @Polistra
  48. El Dato says:
    @Yancey Ward

    Nobody is prefect

    • LOL: Yancey Ward
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  49. Nico says:
    @jon

    She has temporarily lost her license and been ordered to pay restitution to her patients.

    “Temporarily” naturally and why isn’t she or anyone else in that room in jail?

  50. Dube says:
    @Polistra

    A handsome friend, male model, glossed, flossed and trimmed for an ad, was told, You look like a new Buick!

    And don’t forget that Pollock went to glory in a Buick convertible; he could have chosen anything else for the final scene.

  51. @Reg Cæsar

    There has never been better luxury cars than the 1970’s Cadillacs, Lincoln’s, or New Yorkers. A 1970 Eldorado had 400 horse power. Now people buy and drive go karts disguised as cars.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Jack D
  52. @Morton's toes

    Except the hair is as fake as her boobs.

  53. TyRade says:

    I wonder how Tom Wolfe would weigh the heart/wallet-tugging efficacy for the black community of The Great White Defendant vs The Great Black Victim? Obviously best to conjure up both. Ie the Sherman McCoy pairing with Henry Lamb (‘lamb’ – almost Disney innocence) rather than with, say, the woman-mountain knife-threshing Ma’khia.

  54. black sea says:
    @Mike Tre

    “Ooooh, Voxy Lady!”

  55. Polistra says:
    @black sea

    Laugh all you want, but they just caught another white supremacist nazi up in the Bronx. Which is absolutely full of them.

    (NYP)

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  56. Rob McX says:

    After all, the girl in pink was armed with a purse puppy.

    Those dogs kill more people than pit bulls – at least they would on a canine version of CSI.

  57. “Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.”

    “Crisis response experts” = professional liars, and members of the Association for the Support of black Cut-Throats. Their goal is to bring about mountains of corpses of White policemen.

    Actually, Officer Reardon used the most effective de-escalation tactic ever devised: Shooting dead a perp armed with a deadly weapon.

    The “experts” tell lies within their lies. Their “deescalation tactics” are actually escalation tactics, since they force the LEO to show passivity and cowardice, and slow him down, all of which will give the perp hope, and thereby embolden him.

    Traditional de-escalation tactics (whether they were called that) involved a show of overwhelming force, such as to break the perp’s spirit. Remember the 2000 photo of Elian Gonzalez, which GOPers condemned? The SWAT cop (and his brother officers) who stormed the relatives’ house had a huge, sighted, semi-automatic rifle. The relatives who had until then resisted, surrendered immediately. Had the police used Orwellian “deescalation tactics,” there would have been a bloodbath.

    “Could have kept everyone alive”: This is another lie within a lie. No “expert” making such a claim believes it. There was no way on Earth to keep everyone alive, and the “experts” know it. They were only concerned with keeping “Ma’khia” alive, because she was evil. They wanted very much for her to murder Officer Reardon, and they were o.k. with “M’ak” murdering the girl in pink. As far as they are concerned, as a White policeman, Officer Reardon has a duty to die, and as a black cut-throat, M’ak had a license to kill.
    The other day, a black man named Randon D. Wilkerson stomped White, Delmar, DE Police Cpl. Keith Heacook to death. Cpl. Heacock died, because he had been trained to use insufficient force (“de-escalation”). His training was successful, in that it was intended to issue in his violent death.

    Whenever black cut-throats and their supporters scream that there is a need for the “re-training” of LEOs, it is because yet another White cop survived an encounter with a black cut-throat.

    • Thanks: David In TN
    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @David In TN
    , @Nico
  58. @Mr. Anon

    The age of consent in most states is 16

    • Replies: @Herp McDerp
  59. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:

    That she was a teenager in the middle of an altercation, in which she was

    presumed to be defending herself

    , did not matter.

    What? We are to assume it was Bryant who was defending herself?

    • Replies: @Jack D
  60. Twinkie says:
    @syonredux

    Let’s just say that I have doubts about the bladed weapon defense skills (or fighting expertise in general) of that “martial arts expert with 30+ years of training.”

    The number one most important thing about defending against a knife attack is that you have to get off the line of attack and create an angle and distance. The so-called expert in the video backs up straight time and time again. It’s like he never learned to pivot ever in his life.

    Back when I used to train in Kali (Filipino stick and knife fighting), my training partners and I used to have magic marker days (use magic markers as knives and see how marked up we get). Soon enough, a lot of complicated movements went out the window and we would focus on few extremely important fundamentals such as distance management, creating angles, and timing.

    Nowadays, there are even better tools for simulating knife fights such as electric shock sticks.

  61. Sean says:
    @jon

    Misleading impression of forward motion. The left hand one is the frame the police chose to release before anything else, but it is not the last one before she was shot. She has already been shot in the right hand one and so there is slight but significant temporal gap being concealed. She was not leading with the knife at any time in the incident and in fact holding it behind her. Anyone can see the knife is hardly any closer between the last frames. She was shot for brandishing it while pushing and threatening. If she had been trying to stab either of those women they would have been wounded.

    Anyway, Reardon had grabbed the knife arm at the wrist a couple of seconds earlier, but it was only his support bandaged left arm he used (his right was on his holstered gun) so he lost his grip. If it had been a guy Reardon would have instantly shot him; that he tried to grab the knife arm from Bryant without even drawing his gun proves he knew she was not dangerous. He had the time to say “Get Down!” twice. Is it too much to ask for a police officer to warn the person they will be shot?

  62. Anon[345] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steven Carr

    Is it really true that white people don’t resist arrest?

    Yep. Roland Fryer’s team, for instance, got this result when they coded hundreds of Houston and other city arrest data incidents for their study of arrest conduct by cops. They to be able to control for arrest conduct before they could compare outcomes. Apples to apples, blacks resist much more, but when comparable cases were matched up, police did not shoot or kill blacks more than whites. They did (slightly, 10 to 20 percent) shove them more and stuff like that.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html

    There are 1,300 comments on this article, that nicely balance spittal-outraged progressivesand racial-realist normies speaking from experience.

    The results pissed off the New York Times so much that they summoned Fryer in to be grilled about it:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/upshot/roland-fryer-answers-reader-questions-about-his-police-force-study.htmls

    When they couldn’t find any cracks in the study, they decided to just ignore it and do Emmett Till stories instead.

    This study is not the study that Heather Mac Donald cited in an article and a raucous Twitter mob then forced the journal to disappear/retract. That was a different study finding the same thing about shootings.

    • Replies: @res
  63. Rob McX says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    Suicide by perp.

  64. ic1000 says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Here in Rust Belt City, the sad aftermath of the sad death of Trooper Heacock made this morning’s local TV news. His widow was very sad. Somebody named Wilkerson was involved and something bad (and sad) happened while Heacock was on a call. No mention of race or ethnicity.

    Two stories later, the BLM flavor du jour was featured. Yet another white cop shot and killed yet another Black man, this time named Brown. In response, the Community is coming together, mobilizing to fight for Justice.

    Local news as a lagging indicator, rather than as the last bastion of realism.

  65. Anon[345] • Disclaimer says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    This just shows that the writer didn’t watch all three of the videos of the incident. The initial video lent itself to foreshortening uncertainties for those who really want to believe the cop is a bad guy, But the second body cam footage pretty much dealt with those, and the house porch video from the side blew away any doubts about distance, speed, timing, and position.

    Also, the unnamed “crisis response experts” do not exist. Any expert would have watched all the video and known that there is nothing that the cop could have done that would have stopped a stabbing from taking place if the girl was really going to stab. So the writer is synthesizing vague memories of things read on Twitter and here and there on the web and constructing a fake set of “crisis response experts” in her mind to give voice to her own opinions. That’s not how it’s done. You find individual experts by name, vet their qualifications, and you quote them by name.

    You can tell who the progressive writers are who have watched and taken in all the video. They are the ones expressing the back-up idea that of course the young girl was just joshing around and would never have carried through with the stabbing. That kind of play is just the way that blacks behave in their wonderful culture. Nobody was ever going to get hit. They might just be playfully drop-kicked in the head, nothing more.

    • Thanks: ic1000
  66. @Barnard

    “Making excuses” is a full time job for Progressivism Inc. With predictable results. Guess they haven’t figured the connection yet.

  67. Gamecock says:

    Bryant wasn’t a girl with a knife. She was a black girl with a knife.

    But we are the racists.

  68. @San Fernando Curt

    I’m glad you read this artless, hypocritical dreck so we don’t have to.

    Indeed. Vox’s motto seem to be, “Hey, we can write dumber crap than even the NY Times”.

  69. @Nicholas Stix

    Speaking of evil, I wonder when Vox and Company will start a Free Vanessa Coleman campaign? Coleman was denied parole last December for her part in the Christian-Newsom Knoxville Horror.

    The drawback is it would bring notice to the event.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  70. mmack says:
    @Polistra

    You’d need that oil well to fill the gas tank in that beast of a Lincoln. Single digit MPG wasn’t just for battle tanks back then.

  71. @Polistra

    Remote control suicide doors! I love it!

    I couldn’t figure out that part either. I think the cop telling the story wanted to leave out the mundane part, like how they stopped the car, thrust him and his prisoner into the back seat, then drove away.

    As far as remote control doors, I think of those immortal lyrics from The Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe”:

    Door handles are gone, but you know I never miss ’em
    They open when I want by a solenoid system.

    • LOL: ic1000
  72. razzle says:

    Bryant called the cops attempting to wield them as a weapon against the people she was arguing with. Not out of fear for her safety which is clear by her comfort in continuing to be aggressive even as the cop arrived.

  73. Read the Psychology Today article and it all becomes clear.

  74. @Twinkie

    Years ago I took a class in “Unarmed Defense Against the Knife.” What I learned is that I really don’t want to try unarmed defense against a knife.

    BTW, James LaFond wrote a book called “The Logic of Steel” in which he described and discussed various knife encounters that had been reported in the news. His book contains a short but useful chapter on how to run away. Seriously, it had lots of good tips.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    , @res
  75. anon[771] • Disclaimer says:

    displays the lack of consideration and value that society places on the lives of Black girls and women.

    So what about the pink hoodie girl? Did the hoodie make her white, like a magic hoodie?

  76. anon215 says:
    @Mike Tre

    Stupid question – How are you able to post a picture in the comments section?

  77. Pericles says:
    @jon

    Ezra Klein should lead the way by hurling himself into knife fights for the cause of deescalation. Just imagine the powerful image it would have made with Ezra interposed between knifegirl and pursegirl.

  78. mmack says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Buick had class back when Buick, was, you know BUICK, especially when they kicked the very gauche “Rolling Wurlitzer Jukebox” styling of the late 1950s:

    This is a BUICK:

    Big, luxurious, and not as ostentatious as a Cadillac, yet not downmarket like an Oldsmobile. They kept that approach going until this millennium:

    Now Buick is a Chevrolet or GMC with a different grille.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @dimples
  79. Pericles says:
    @jon

    I’m relieved to hear the dancing surgeon only lost her license temporarily.

  80. Lurker says:

    The only song ever to feature the word ‘solenoid’?

  81. @jon

    What’s wrong with cops these days? Jack Lord would’ve shown up with a bullhorn in a police helicopter, hovering about three feet above that poor young “victim’s” head. FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP Hold it right there! FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP FWAAP …

    • LOL: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
  82. Nico says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    “Crisis response experts” aren’t the only liars. Reardon yelled for her to “Get down!” no less than five times before killing her in defense of her victims. Vox is also lying here by implying the contrary.

    News outlets that refer to Bryant as a “victim” of anything are also liars.

    Bryant’s mother, who claims her daughter “had a motherly nature” and “promoted peace” is perhaps the most flagrant liar of them all but (for now) far from the most damaging.

    It is now best to assume anything with even the slightest racial implication that comes out of the mainstream press, from the mouth of a liberal or from a negro is a lie unless it is otherwise corroborated.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  83. ‘Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name’

    So what you’re saying is that this is good news — there’s actually a limit to the idiocy of ordinary people, even if the media would whip them on?

    By the way, it would be interesting to look at what proportion of the media has pushed the ‘Ma’Khia Bryant — victim’ paradigm. It’d give us a good sense of the scale of the problem — and some idea of which malefactors to focus on. I’d say Ma’Khia Bryant would really separate the men from the boys, so to speak.

  84. JR Ewing says:
    @jon

    Every time I see those stills I am shocked by how violent and obvious they are as to what was on the cusp of happening, especially in light of the “I’m gonna stab the f*ck out of you!” soundtrack.

    I’ve seen some speculation about “What if she had just been allowed to stab the girl in pink?” with the consensus among normal white folk of, “Then he would have been criticized for not saving the pink girl.”

    But here’s a hypothetical I have not seen discussed:

    “What if he were just a second too late? What if she had gotten in a couple of pokes into Pinkie’s gut and THEN been shot and both girls ended up dead?”

    Most likely he’d get both forms of criticism, maybe even from the same person simultaneously.

  85. @Anon

    I know i probably come across as some old racist white privileged a*hole–sort of a higher IQ (i hope) Joe Biden. But i stand proudly with the young woke women of color on this one.

    We must *not* stop talking about Ma’Knifey’s killing.

    Everyone should go back and review that video, and contemplate the barriers young black women face.

    That trigger happy cop should be put on trial. And next fall, during the trial, all Americans should all have to view that video and contemplate the structural racism of law enforcement.

    Then when that’s done, the other officers should be put on trial for being there, and this time next year we should all have to view that video and contemplate structural racism some more.

    In fact, right after kneeling for “The Star Spangled Banner” and standing for “Lift Every Voice and Sing” all the white children should start their school day watching the Ma’Knifey killing video and contemplating how whites structurally racistly oppress their black fellow citizens.

    Ma’Knifey’s killing must never be forgotten!

  86. @new Stalin

    There has never been better luxury cars than the 1970’s Cadillacs, Lincoln’s, or New Yorkers.

    But they scream. We’re talking about class. Screaming isn’t classy.

    Actually, I misspoke. Buicks don’t have class so much as they don’t detract from it.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  87. Mycale says:

    This is one of the most disingenuous and willfully dishonest articles I’ve ever read on Vox, which is saying a lot. Bryant wasn’t just “holding a knife”, she was mid-stab, inches away from her future victim’s body. That is why this case fizzled out and the media immediately buried it. The media brought in named “crisis response experts” who all said, unanimously, that Reardon did exactly what he had to do, unlike the anonymous and probably nonexistent ones in this article.

    Ιf Bryant HAD been just “holding a knife”, hen actually people would have continued to protest, as they have done with other cases. The far more interesting question is just how dumb does Vox think its readers are, because any SJW looking for their daily outrage dopamine hit surely watched the video already and came away disappointed.

  88. Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name

    Because nobody has any idea how to pronounce it.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Btfsplk
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Mxyzptlk

  89. What do you want to bet that the dead noobehs was in foster care for the same violent impulses which got her made good?

  90. martin_2 says:
    @Sean

    All this close analysis of the incident and what the police officer should and should not have done in the time he had reminds me of the cosmologists’ narrative about what happened at the instant of the creation of the Universe, – the Big Bang.

    In the first 10^(-12) seconds after he arrived officer Reardon should have taken a statement from each of the witnesses. In the next 10^(-6) seconds he should have spoken to the assailant in order to try to calm her down. In the next 10^(-9) seconds the back up he phoned for in the first 10^(-21) seconds will have arrived…you get my drift.

  91. @Twinkie

    Maybe one of these guys could have de-escalated the situation, but I doubt they are applying to be unarmed violence interrupters in violent ghetto shithole cities.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  92. bomag says:
    @Richard B

    …the more this incident will become the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people.

    We have a different dynamic at the moment.

    Such events trigger even more calls for holiness on the part of those keeping society together. Only some are able to fix things, and they better get busy fixing the Ma’ Kaih Bryants of this world. The Ma’ Kaih Bryants have no agency to either fix themselves or participate in today’s society in a reasonable way.

    I’m hoping a different dynamic can establish itself while there is still something to be saved of the good life.

  93. @Reg Cæsar

    For automobile gravitas I liked those black circa-1964 Lincoln Continentals and Chrysler Imperials

  94. bomag says:
    @Sean

    I’m somewhat sympathetic to your police criticism posts, but you are trying too hard.

    If Reardon has responsibility to behave here, does not Ma’ Kaih also have responsibility?

  95. bomag says:
    @International Jew

    I’m prone to cut the doctors some slack here; seem like rather anodyne comments. But it is the current year, so I suppose another 27 million must be transferred.

    Similar Black comments about White people in such quasi public settings get no traction.

  96. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Don’t you know about the new presumption of self-defense (for Black people only)? If you are Black and you are wielding a knife or a gun, it’s PRESUMED that you are holding it for purposes of self-defense until proven otherwise. Wouldn’t it have been embarrassing (not to say criminal) if the cop found out that the young woman (never call Black people girl or boy) he shot was in fact acting in self-defense? Of course, that’s not what happened, but what if it had? The cop did not take the time to fully investigate if M’khia was acting defensively so he couldn’t really have known if she was the aggressor or not. Therefore it was wrong to shoot her even though he turned out to be right.

    As a Black person you NEED a knife or a gun to defend yourself from systemic racism (actually you need it to defend yourself mostly from other black people, but never mind). What you never heard of the presumption of Black self defense? That’s because Fabiola is a fabulist and she’s just making up shit as she goes along. Black people love hearing the sound of their own voice and will make up semi-plausible sounding shit on the fly. As long as you don’t stop to think about it, their stuff sounds pretty good, sometimes.

  97. @Polistra

    That Washington Nationals’ W logo might well be the next white-supremacy dogwhistle to face leftist scrutiny!

    BTW Do sports-team execs at least give a facepalm when some dirtbag is caught parading around in their officially licensed and logo’ed gear? Or are they all too used to it by now?

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
  98. AndrewR says:
    @jon

    Why is the reporter implying that a very obese 55 year old woman needs to be wearing a bikini? He’s definitely old enough to remember when one-piece swimsuits were common.

  99. Jack D says:
    @new Stalin

    Actually, even for its time, a Mercedes 600 Kompressor was a nicer luxury car. One that was preferred by 3rd world dictators everywhere:

    A 1970 Eldorado had a lot of power going in a straight line but it was terrible on a winding road. They really didn’t understand how to set up a FWD car and it was front heavy and had torque steer and understeer and every other kind of steer except the good kind. And of course there was no electronic stability control to keep you pointed in the right direction. And the interiors looked like a bordello.

    If you missed out on owning one of these in your youth, you can get one now in running condition for maybe $8,000 (0r less):

    https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1970/cadillac/eldorado/101094004

    But save money for your gas bill because these things get maybe 12 mpg if you are lucky.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
  100. anon[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    The vid you linked to contradicts the “if, if, if” that you are writing. You have essentially contradicted yourself by ignoring facts. This is the same trolling-for-attention that you rolled in for months last year regarding St. George of Floyd.

    Perhaps you need to take up a different hobby? Knitting? That would occupy your fingers.

    • Replies: @Sean
  101. Jack D says:
    @Sean

    He had the time to say “Get Down!” twice.

    And did M’Khia get down? Hell no, she completely ignored him.

    Is it too much to ask for a police officer to warn the person they will be shot?

    Would not have made any difference whatsoever. Ma’kia was like a raging bull and was not inclined to follow the orders of a white ass honky po lice man. Don’t you know that blacks no longer need to obey the police? That’s what Black Lives Matters means in a nutshell.

    If he had said “Stop or I’ll shoot” and then he shot her, would you have been OK with that? Hell no, you’d have 5 other reasons why it was still a bad shoot.

    • Agree: Polistra
    • Replies: @Sean
  102. @Sean

    Is it too much to ask for a police officer to warn the person they will be shot?

    Is it too much to ask for blacks to obey the lawful commands of a police officer?

    • Replies: @Polistra
  103. @Morton's toes

    That hair looks like rope. Why would anyone want to touch it?

    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
  104. teo toon says:

    If on;y the cop had waited for Ma’Khia Bryant to get the anger out of her system and to calm down, she’d be alive today and be able to complete the semester and make the honor roll.

  105. Sean says:
    @Jack D

    She was incredibly stupid, but a police officer is supposed to be a bit better than Reardon showed himself to be. Ma’Khia Bryant is the one who thought thought cops were just like in the movies.

    Ma’Khia was like a raging bull

    Trophy Hunter Fatally Gored In Groin By Herd Mate Of Buffalo He’d Just Killed
    By All That’s Interesting
    Published June 1, 2018

    Longtime South African hunter Claude Kleynhans was loading a freshly-killed buffalo carcass onto his vehicle when another buffalo surprised him with a deadly charge.

    Reardon would be killed by a young cis male African American if he was sent back out on the streets. It’s a testosterone (not something he has much of) thing.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Dube
    , @Polistra
  106. anon[256] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Ma’Khia Bryant is the one who thought thought cops were just like in the movies.

    How do you know what she thought?

    It’s a testosterone (not something he has much of) thing.

    How do you know what his circulating testosterone level is?

  107. Black kids are in foster care because their real parents are poor at parenting. Address that issue and kids don’t need foster care. If you add in all the black kids being raised by a grandmother or aunt I think the number of black kids being “fostered” is even higher.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    , @AnotherDad
  108. @Hernan Pizzaro del Blanco

    The age of consent in most states is 16

    I’m sure that sweet, innocent child was a virgin.

  109. @El Dato

    El Dato, actually “Repairations” if she can get that butt in balance.

  110. Dube says:
    @Sean

    Ma’Khia Bryant is the one who thought thought cops were just like in the movies. (…) Reardon would be killed by a young cis male African American if he was sent back out on the streets. It’s a testosterone (not something he has much of) thing.

    What was her favorite tune? Reardon could have whistled it.

  111. @mmack

    mmack, look at the chrome on the Buick in the top photo. There was a Pontiac dealership at the corner of my boyhood Buffalo street. Those wheel covers and lengths of trim, from their junk pile, became the lances and shields of our bike mounted jousting matches. Can’t believe we didn’t kill each other or at least lose an eye.

  112. Sean says:
    @anon

    You lead with what you are trying to use. At no time was Bryant leading with the knife. In fact the closer to the woman in pink Bryant got the further back away from the woman in pink Bryant held the knife. When the woman in pink’s back collided with the car and they got very close together Bryant held the knife waaaay back.

    Perhaps you need to take up a different hobby? Knitting? That would occupy your fingers.

    I saw what sicko Chauvin was doing to Floyd’s fingers.

  113. @Sean

    The more Robin Hood acted like he was just about to shoot his bow, the further back he pulled the arrow until Robin held the arrow waaaay back. So we know that Robin Hood was not trying to shoot anybody.

    • LOL: JR Ewing
    • Replies: @Sean
  114. @Buffalo Joe

    Black kids are in foster care because their real parents are poor at parenting. Address that issue and kids don’t need foster care.

    There’s a solution to that, playing to high time preference.  Pay the girls and guardians to keep them on Depo-Provera until age 18.  At 18, offer them a flat fee and a monthly stipend for the next 20 years to be permanently sterilized.  Most of them will take it.

    • Agree: new Stalin, Polistra
  115. syonredux says:
    @Twinkie

    Let’s just say that I have doubts about the bladed weapon defense skills (or fighting expertise in general) of that “martial arts expert with 30+ years of training.”

    Indeed. But that just makes him more representative of the typical police officer. A lot of the online chatterers seem to assume that the average cop is some kind of combat expert. They are not:

    • Agree: Twinkie
  116. @Sean

    The more Robin Hood acted like he was just about to shoot his bow, the further back he pulled the arrow until Robin held the arrow waaaay back. So we know that Robin Hood was not trying to shoot anybody.

  117. anon[496] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    You lead with what you are trying to use

    lol.

    You literally know nothing about this topic.

    What part of trolling for attention gives you good feelze?

    • Agree: Cloudbuster
  118. Hibernian says:

    “the aggressor” — the “fat,” “huge,” “knife-wielding attacker” and “maniac”

    She was “viewed” as these things just as Popes are generally “viewed” as being Catholic.

  119. @El Dato

    Go back to Lagos and play your banjo. We don’t need no stinking prefects.

    (Related: Does “Victory Banjo” sound like the title of Jeff Tweedy’s next solo album, or what?)

  120. Twinkie says:
    @Sick 'n Tired

    Drills are a necessary and useful component of training, but drills alone without “sparring” with live resistance is choreography. As I wrote earlier, lots of complicated movements go out the window after “magic marker” days and everyone’s clothes are covered in red.

  121. Sean says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The more Robin Hood acted like he was just about to shoot his bow, the further back he pulled the arrow until Robin held the arrow waaaay back. So we know that Robin Hood was not trying to shoot anybody.

    She did look like she was going to, and was deliberately threatening to do so, hence she brought what happened on herself. Nevertheless, her left arm was attached to the same torso as her right and her left arm was in contact with the other two for multiple seconds, during which they were merely propelled back. She wasn’t being punched, scratched or having her hair pulled because they were backing up knowing she had a knife; I think that was why she had it because big as she was, they were much older and she maybe lacked confidence without an equalizer. It was assault with a deadly weapon, but not attempted murder. Those are different charges for very good reason.

    Reardon did not attempt to draw his gun until after he lost his grip on her knife arm. I think Reardon’s support-bandaged left arm got hurt along with his ego when he failed to overpower a girl, which may or may not have affected his decision in the seconds afterward. I will note that there is photographic evidence that Reardon keeps his right hand on his holstered gun to an inordinate extent. He can be seen to have been doing so before, during, and after the incident. There is something off kilter about his attitude to his sidearm in my opinion.

  122. Twinkie says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    What I learned is that I really don’t want to try unarmed defense against a knife.

    Yup. The first day I started blade training, my Kali guro said, “If you fight against someone with a blade, you will bleed. It’s a fact of life in knife fighting.”

  123. @Known Fact

    With all respect due to Pat Hannagan, one of our Down Under commenters who posted this one a month or so back, any mention of Jack Lord virtually mandates this ultra high energy nugget from Aussie punk pioneers Radio Birdman (yes, the title comes from the Stooges’ song, “1970”):

    If anyone could have interposed himself between Stabesha the Ghettopotamus and Pink Girl, it’s Detective Kono Kalakaua from the original Hawaii Five-O, played by a native Hawaiian named Gilbert Francis Lani Damian Kauhi, but better known as “Zulu.” He was the kind of guy who, when he walked into a restaurant, the host or hostess didn’t give him a menu, but an estimate.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  124. Mike Tre says:
    @jon

    Something tells me her chances of screwing up that procedure were high even without the blackity black routine.

  125. JohnnyD says:

    The cop could have scarred everyone away by playing a soundtrack of Kamala’s laugh…

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  126. @Buffalo Joe

    Black kids are in foster care because their real parents are poor at parenting. Address that issue and kids don’t need foster care. If you add in all the black kids being raised by a grandmother or aunt I think the number of black kids being “fostered” is even higher.

    It’s a genetic issue.

    Industrialization and then the welfare state, broke the traditional–cruel but effective–feedback that weeded out too much stupidity, incompetence, laziness and violence.

    Any welfare system needs to be organized so that it more or less recapitulates this natural process. Very obvious options:
    — a requirement to be on birth control as a condition of public assistance
    — some sort of workfare–you have to show up and work and no benefit for more children
    — sterilization for those who absolutely can not function–can not earn their assistance even in worfare
    — sterilization for those who can not take care of their children–need the state to provide foster care

    The exactly details, politics can work out. But the first step–as for all sanity–getting rid of minoritarianism and admitting that genes matter and there are people who are not capable of managing themselves in civilized life and society should not allow them to reproduce at its expense.

    Again, it takes eagles and hawks, foxes and coyotes to keep rabbits “rabbity”. Likewise for people, those who do not demonstrate the skills to take care of themselves should not be passing on their genes to the next generation … or our nation will slump into the abyss.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  127. Polistra says:
    @Sean

    Reardon would be killed by a young cis male African American if he was sent back out on the streets.

    IOW, his (possible/likely) fate is pretty similar to every other cop in the country.

    • Replies: @Sean
  128. Polistra says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Rhetorical question, needless to say.

  129. @JohnnyD

    The cop could have scarred everyone away by playing a soundtrack of Kamala’s laugh…

    Typo, or pun?

    Her voice could scar a sensitive soul for life.

    • Replies: @JohnnyD
  130. @Jack D

    I’ve heard that Mao liked the Mercedes 600 so much that he bought 25 of them, which is impressive since they only made about 2,677 in total over a 18 year period ( 1963-1981).

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  131. @Jack D

    American luxury cars were probably the best in the world in the 1930s, though Europeans were also competitive in that segment. Overall I think Stalin was reasonable to prefer the Packard Twelve, though perhaps he didn’t even try other cars suitable for heads of state like the Mercedes-Benz 770K, which was Hitler’s car. (Well, one of his cars, the one he used the most often.) The Packard had a more modern chassis and was probably cheaper to produce due to economies of scale, so in my opinion likely was the better car.

    It’s really a shame how they dropped behind, probably sometime in the 1960s.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    , @Polistra
  132. JohnnyD says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Typo, but looks like a great unintentional pun.

  133. dimples says:
    @mmack

    Can’t agree. The top one is all class, and the others just shiny boxes, the newer one just a box with rounded edges. Anybody can design a box on wheels.

  134. @Unladen Swallow

    Yeah, and that was probably 50% of the Chinese car market at the time too. It’s good to be Chairman!

  135. Rob says:
    @jon

    This is not the first dancing black doctor in an operating room. Steve posted a video a while back of a Nigerian ( I think, African or Caribbean black, maybe) doctor in New York City dancing durin a surgery. That doctor, I don’t remember his her sec (or gender!) A quick Google search did not turn it up.

    I wonder, do blacks tend to dance when stressed? When excited? Is it a reaction to racist whites thinking blacks are not capable of behaving properly, so they are saying, ‘look at me doing surgery while black! Being extra-black!’? Would they behave reasonably if racists did not think they were not temperamentally suited to the task?

    That seems a lot more likely than racists noting black tendencies and making an accurate extrapolation, does it not? I mean, they are racist, so how could they make an accurate observation?

    Is Dr “Boutte) (boo-tay) her real name?

  136. Sean says:
    @Polistra

    LeBron James said what men many of his race feel. A lot of rage has been created by seeing a 16 year old girl shot, which is not something that would have been taken lightly even without the film of the event; for one thing no girl of that age of any race has been deliberately killed by police before. After shooting her four times in and around the heart at close range, Reardon kept his gun on the (unarmed) corpse:-

    Did he think it was a Cape Buffalo (it’s the dead ones that kill you) bull lying there? Reardon has made being a police officer significantly more risky for his colleagues, and though in general it continues to be relatively safe, for him going back to being a cop on the street will be a personal death sentence; he’ll be killed even if it’s through being ‘accidently’ hit by a car while directing traffic.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Dnought
  137. @Sean

    Truly Sean’s powers of mind-reading are extraordinary.

    Thank goodness he’s also an expert judge of what is an “inordinate” amount of time for a policeman to keep his hand on his holstered gun during a chaotic felony crime scene.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Sean
  138. @Gary in Gramercy

    I’m sure original theme-writer Morton Stevens would be honored. BTW I never realized how when the opening credits say “Zulu as Kono” that it barely scratches the surface on all his actual names.

    Zulu was a local DJ who hit it big on 5-0 but before season 5 demanded too much bread (as it was called back then) and was replaced by Al Harrington as Ben. The problem was that Harrington had been one of the series’ best bad guys but was awful as a good guy, so it was a lose-lose.

    That’s Harrington near the end of this wonderful traiiler — “Do it now, baby!”

  139. fnn says:

    A 14-year-old girl kills a USMC Pacific combat veteran (who was then currently employed as a mob enforcer for Mickey Cohen) with a single thrust of a knife:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Stompanato_homicide

    On the evening of April 4, 1958, 14-year-old Cheryl Crane stabbed 32-year-old Johnny Stompanato, the boyfriend of her mother, actress Lana Turner, at Turner’s rented home in Beverly Hills, California. Stompanato, an ex-Marine and affiliate of the Cohen crime family, had been in a year-long relationship with Turner which had been rocky and marked with physical abuse.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  140. @reiner Tor

    I think American cars dropped behind because they were mainly made for the domestic markets.

    Much of the most populated area of the United States is flat with wide straight roads, multi-lane highways and shopping streets, traffic lights at crossroads.

    Europe, on the other hand, had many twisty windy roads with lots of hills that duplicated much older roadways. Shopping areas were mostly in crowded town and City centers with narrow streets and a lack of parking space. Most homes did not have garages, and if they did they were pretty small and could not accommodate full size American cars.

    Additionally gasoline was very cheap in American, but expensive in Europe as it required foreign currency to buy it, and was usually heavily taxed also, so there was a lot more pressure to develop smaller more economical cars.

    Thus manufacturers developed what US consumers wanted, kind of like boats on wheels. These kind of cars may also have sold well in Australia, but the Japanese spotted and filled the need for mechanically reliable vehicles for the global market, many of which also sold very well in the US.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  141. @jon

    She has temporarily lost her license and been ordered to pay restitution to her patients.

    Who would go to a black surgeon?

  142. AndrewR says:
    @Richard B

    Lol what exactly can a camel do with a broken back?

    I think your metaphor is good, but not for the reasons you do.

  143. AndrewR says:
    @David In TN

    Coleman will come up for parole in a few years, presumably. The time may be right by then for the Jews to push for her release.

  144. @Sean

    . I think Reardon’s support-bandaged left arm got hurt along with his ego

    And…my commenters to ignore list grows by one. Say hey to Corvirus, Utu, and Mason.

  145. anon[312] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    LeBron James said what men many of his race feel.

    He’s very emotional, like you. He’s trolling for attention, too.

    • Agree: Nicholas Stix
    • Replies: @Sean
  146. Sean says:
    @Cloudbuster

    I don’t need ESP to know what Ma’Khia–wherever she’s at–is thinking of comments like yours.

    Reardon did wrestling at high school, had he been using both hands rather than merely his nondominant and compromised left hand to grip the wrist of Bryant’s knife arm she would not have broke free then went past him, but have been taken down. He knew Chauvin had just been found guilty, and thought that rather than trying to play Steven Seagal on a black body, it was safer to just shoot her dead. Unfortunately for him, she was ridiculously young and hadn’t put a scratch on anyone. He ****** up.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    , @Cloudbuster
  147. Jack D says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    I largely agree with your analysis, but this is not the reason American car makers dropped behind. They dropped behind because they were largely insulated from global competition, and in the US, there were only 3.5 car makers left. They all had the same unionized wage structure so they could not compete with each other on price. As an oligopoly, they had no incentive to improve the vehicles. Largely they competed on marketing – each year they would vary the skin of the cars but the mechanicals underneath remained unchanged for decades until they were forced to change by rising fuel prices, government imposed pollution controls and safety improvements and foreign competition.

  148. @anon215

    Jim Christian tried to tell you, but you have to trick the system to not display it, in order to explain.

    Let me try. I don’t know if you have your own images somewhere, but it has to be on somebody’s server somewhere, not just on your computer (you may know this, so sorry if I sound like I’m talking down to you). Let’s say it’s on, I dunno, the Peak Stupidity site – just picked that one outta the blue – on say, this page.

    If you are on a computer rather than tablet, I can tell you to just “hover” (put the mouse or pointer over) the image of those 4 Swedes (ABBA!), and not the name of the image with the path. Better yet, just right-click on the images and do a “save images” (but no need to save it). Look at the name.

    I have to break this up, or it will just display, as with Mr. Christian, so put each of my lines between the **** in order next to each other. On the page linked-to above, right click on those 4 Swedes and see:
    ********
    https://
    www.
    peakstupidity.
    com/
    images/
    post_1900A.jpg
    ********

    Now, you just copy what the “save image” sees as the name and paste it right in the unz comment window – no extra stuff. The stuff between my asterisks should be put together. I will do it now:

    Oh, one more trick due to minor unz bug: If you use the “Preview Comment” button to see your comment in yellow, the image WILL NOT appear embedded – only the link will be there. Same with the 5-minute EDIT window.

    So, I am not using that feature now. If you screwed up, you have to use the 5-minute EDIT window to delete your comment (don’t worry, use “cut” rather than just wipe it out, so you can paste in the text when you do a do-over and then fix whatever it is that is wrong. You shouldn’t HAVE to do all that, but it’s a bug I can certainly live with.

    (See I just had to do this very thing due to the bug. My picture was fine, but not my link. I just did “cut” saved the blank window which is this site’s way of deleting (within 5 minutes only, though), and pasted it into a new reply to you, with this additional paragraph – in (), and a fixed link to PS.)

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @res
  149. @Achmed E. Newman

    should have been “note the image name and the path”

    I didn’t want to do a 3rd go-around with this reply. I hope this helps, Anon-215.

  150. anon215 says:

    Thanks. I was able to do it simply by pasting a link to a photobucket image

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  151. @Sean

    “It was assault with a deadly weapon, but not attempted murder.”

    Don’t be ridic. If that wasn’t attempted murder, nothing is.

    • Replies: @Sean
  152. Polistra says:
    @reiner Tor

    Accurate analysis, though I think it was in the 1950s when they began to fall behind. Definitely by the end of that decade, if the superlative quality of Mercedes and Porsche are considered.

  153. Polistra says:
    @Sean

    She looks like she has an IQ of around 60 or 70.
    Definitely heroine material for your kind.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  154. Polistra says:
    @fnn

    “I see John coming toward me. He’s got his hand up… I raised the knife and he walks right into it.”

    Wow, apparently people have been using that “he walked into the knife I was holding” defense for a long time. I’d put money on Lana having done it, though.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  155. Alden says:
    @Sean

    The picture on the right shows Pink girl trapped against the car unable to get away and Godzilla girl’s hand with the knife about 4 inches from pink girl’s face and neck.

    • Replies: @Sean
  156. @Polistra

    “And then the gun went off.”

  157. Sean says:
    @Alden

    The frame on the right is after the 16 year old girl had already been hit with at least one 9mm bullet.

  158. Sean says:
    @anon

    I think he was blowing off steam, but one reason he deleted the Tweet because he thinks something bad is quite likely to actually happen to Reardon, even if he takes up sheep herding in Idaho.

  159. Sean says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    She was certainly guilty of something and assaults with a deadly weapon fits the bill. She threatened to stab rather than kill so her words could not support attempted murder; there was very little restraint of what she could do with her knife arm during the incident, yet none of the people she was close enough to wound with the knife sustained any injury from the knife, so her actions do not support attempted murder either. If she had survived being shot, she could not have been even arraigned for attempted murder.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  160. Jack D says:
    @Sean

    She threatened to stab rather than kill so her words could not support attempted murder;

    That’s ridiculous. She said (and I quote), “I’m gonna stab the fuck out of you, Bitch!” while wielding a large knife.

    Since she is dead, there’s no need to decide what crime she was guilty of. The question is whether the officer is guilty of any crime. If he acted in order to save himself or another person from the threat of imminent bodily harm, he has a defense. Ma’Khia was not holding a butter knife. She was holding a lethal weapon and announced an intention to use it and was in a position to use it. Whether she intended to only gravely wound Pink Girl rather than kill her is irrelevant.

    Was the officer supposed to wait a while and see if she made good on her threats? Wait until she had actually stabbed Pink Girl and assessed whether it was merely an attempted stabbing and not attempted murder? Then, after she had stabbed Pink Girl he should have let her run away under the new no foot chase policy. Later, after Ma’Khia had a chance to clean up and dispose of the knife, social workers could have come to her house and peacefully arrested her.

    • Replies: @David In TN
  161. @Half Canadian

    It doesn’t look like rope. It is rope.

  162. Sean says:

    Assault while brandishing a weapon is something Bryant was certainly convictable of. Legally speaking, others had reasonable expectation she was about to commit murder created by her words and actions. But law makes no distiction between the sexes; in the real world it was pretty unlikely that a young girl was going to try and stab someone right in front of a police officer. Anyway, in the hypothetical that Bryant had survived (the four shots were intended to ensure she did not) an attempted murder charge requires an overt act demonstrating intent to unlawfully take life, or indifference as to whether that was the result of the act. How could that fly when the Bryant had been in the same house for 10 minutes after they called 911 saying she was trying to stab them, and had when the first shot was fired Bryant had been in a catfight touching them both for multiple seconds with one arm, while her knife arm was free without either of them getting an injury from the knife.

    I have said Reardon is innocent of any criminal offence and also has qualified immunity against civil suits, but in my opinion he ought to have gone on the assumption that a young girl was not going to stab anyone right in front of him so he didn’t need a hand on the gun to handle the situation. In any case, no assessment of what was happening made it correct to to try wresting a weapon from Bryant while keeping his right hand on the holstered gun>. He should have drawn instantly and threated to shoot if she didn’t stop fighting, or used both hands to take her down. Reardon could have taken this course of action while retaining the option to move his arm back and drawn in an instant if needed: you don’t need to start from having your palm on the gun butt while it’s in the holster to draw. In a nutshell, had he made a determined two handed attempt to grab her knife arm and take her down he would have succeeded. It may be she objected she was too dangerous for trying that, however Reardon did, only he attempted it while his strong right hand was on furlough, which is a ‘tell’ he knew she was not that dangerous.

    He is very small for a policeman, and I am sure in his mind when running through scenarios in which he would use lethal force he never envisioned it being on a large teenage girl, so why did he keep his hand glued to his holstered gun while using only a nondominant support bandaged left arm to hold on to Bryant’s right wrist with the knife. Whatever your occupation, if you happen to be a short and scrawny young guy nowadays in the majority of cases you’ll try to weight train and eat to bulk up. Reardon looks like his train is going in the opposite direction; he has the appearance of a pseudo vegetarian with an unacknowledged eating disorder. No one forced him into the uniform.

    • Replies: @anon
  163. @Jack D

    As you undoubtedly notice, there is no limit to the apologias for black criminals.

    • Replies: @Sean
  164. res says:
    @Anon

    When they couldn’t find any cracks in the study, they decided to just ignore it and do Emmett Till stories instead.

    And then Me Too Roland Fryer.

  165. res says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Thanks. “The Logic of Steel” is out of print and expensive, but there is an electronic version on Libgen.

  166. res says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Thanks for explaining. Another useful trick is you can show a picture link without embedding by hand creating a link in HTML. View page source for details.

    https://www.peakstupidity.com/images/post_1900A.jpg

  167. Ragno says:

    Crisis response experts noted, however, that deescalation tactics — like commanding Bryant to drop the weapon, physically getting between the women, or simply communicating with her — could have kept everyone alive.

    Oh how I wish Officer Reardon had merely barked “Drop the knife!”, and then arrested the homicidal water-buffalo after she’d finished murdering her victim.

    Sure he would’ve been sharptonned and joyreided with “Wuffo yall let dat chile stab dat otha chile fo?”, but if ever citing post-St George reality were going to get a white man off the hook, it was this week and that white man.

    He could have further explained that if she didn’t respond to the command, he was carefully aiming to clip her in the shoulder, humanely, when the water buffalo plunged the knife in four or five times.

    His attorney would have dramatically insisted “a different sort of white cop might have yelled Drop that knife, ni**er!…..but my client is too woke a man to use a word like that! Why – it would have been like murdering that poor child twice!”

    As it now stands, they’ll ride him like a stolen bike for a while – until it stops being fun or he kills himself, whichever comes first – and in just another five or six years, it will be the black girl who wasn’t stabbed to death’s turn to toss a brick through a store window, or fire into a crowd of people, or play the Victim of White Cops at a BLM 2030 rally.

    Society would have been better off if Ma’Khia had been allowed to thin the herd and fulfill her evolutionary inevitability.

  168. Anon[363] • Disclaimer says:

    In many recorded encounters between the police and white people carrying weapons, for instance, officers didn’t shoot first or even reach for their guns — they successfully managed to peacefully apprehend the suspect.

    In a sense, this is true. Whites have a difficult time talking things out with black people. This can be shown in the many studies that have shown that whites are scared to disagree with black people. When black people speak, we tend to just go along so that we avoid problems, ostensibly because arguments between white and black people never turn out well. Things can “go south” fast when we do. Black people don’t care about our opinions. They’re not listening to us.

    The reason is obviously our disadvantaged social position wrt them. And, funnily enough, hating on the “racist white cops” seems like it should make it worse. Why would a black citizen listen to, or care about, what a racist white cop says? Why shouldn’t they blow them off, or worse, fight them?

    This is a case of a wider challenge: that of fixing seriously screwed up people. If you are a therapist, for instance, you must deal with the seriously ill people differently than you might with a healthy person. In our society, whites are both mentally ill and socially ill – our social illness vis-a-vis blacks can be seen with our inability to handle them in disagreement as we can with whites – and “social shaming” through BLM activism is not going to work for whites, just as personal shaming/chiding/physical punishment won’t work with seriously mentally ill people.

    The race problems will continue. Mark my words, and understand my logic, and be wise.

  169. Sean says:
    @David In TN

    Don’t you realise Trump is out the White House? Cooke in National review:-

    Who among us hasn’t come within a second or two of murdering someone else with a steak knife?

    That is hardly satire; the entire political establishment that hates Trump was saying Bryant was about to murder, and in a fraction of a second rather that one one or two, what with her uncanny speed that let her pass unhindered inches in front of Reardon.

  170. anon[415] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Why are you obsessed with this?

    • Agree: res
  171. Dnought says:
    @Sean

    for him going back to being a cop on the street will be a personal death sentence; he’ll be killed even if it’s through being ‘accidently’ hit by a car while directing traffic.

    You seem as though you’re OK with that.

  172. @Known Fact

    1. They got the licensing money, so it’s all good.

    2. What is that they say about publicity…something like there is no bad publicity?

  173. Sean says:

    I do think he’s going to get pats on the back that will let him think he can go back to what he was doing, but in my opinion if he tries to he will quickly be killed, so am happy with him believing whatever is necessary in order for him to stop being a police officer, and relocate. If you lawfully kill someone as a ordinary guy, then you’ll consider it opportune to move well away from the area, inevitably this would entail also leaving your job. Reardon performed no better than a random gun nut in this incident, so it is proper that he ceases to work as a street cop, which is a demanding occupation he lacks the right instincts for. If he thinks he can continue then that shows he has the guts, but not the feel.

    • Replies: @anon
  174. anon[169] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Why are you obsessed with this?

  175. @Sean

    Sending a movie clip to “prove” your point simply shows how divorced from real-world experience you are.

    • Replies: @Sean
  176. @Sean

    More-mind reading! You’re amazing!

  177. Sean says:
    @Cloudbuster

    No police officer has ever deliberately shot dead a teen (let alone 16 year old) girl, or been criticized for failing to do so; ’tis not I whose viewpoint lacks all empirical support.

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