16-year-old teenager Ma’Khia Bryant and 42-year-old Andrew Brown Jr. were shot in a week marked by protests against racism and police violence in the country
Amid protests against the racism it’s at police violence, two more black people were shot dead by US police USA the past two days. On Tuesday, the 16-year-old teenager Ma’Khia Bryant died in Columbus, Ohio, after trying to attack someone else. A video recording shared by the police shows the moment when the agents arrive at the place where a fight between young people is taking place. Bryant attacks another teenager with what appears to be a melee weapon and is subsequently shot by an officer. A man can be heard rebuking the action: “You didn’t have to shoot her! She’s just a kid, man! ”. The policeman then replies: “She had a knife”.
On Wednesday, 21, it was the turn of Andrew Brown Jr., 42, to be shot dead while an agent was serving a search warrant at his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The officer responsible for the shooting was using a camera attached to his uniform, but the local sheriff declined to release the images at this time. However, the local press claims that the man was trying to escape by car when he was shot several times and that he would have a history of drug possession charges, in addition to a misdemeanor conviction. Both his death and that of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant led to demonstrations in their respective cities.
Daunte Wright e George Floyd
Since last week, the recurrence of protests against racism and police violence in Minneapolis has been intensified by the agent’s trial Derek Chauvin, accused of suffocating George Floyd, and the death of the young man Daunte Wrightwho was shot after the official Kim Potter get confused and draw the revolver instead of the stun gun. On Thursday, 22, Floyd’s family attended Wright’s funeral as a sign of solidarity, as the two black men died in locations 15 kilometers away from each other. Meanwhile, Chauvin is being held in isolation 23 hours a day in a Minneapolis maximum security prison for his own safety. On Tuesday, the 20th, he was found guilty by the jury on the three charges brought against him – manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder – and could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.