Tuesday, protests began to erupt in Columbus, Ohio, after police fatally shot a 15-year-old black girl. To make it clear what really happened, police released body cam footage showing that the girl was attacking two other young girls, and when shot was charging toward one of the other girls with what appeared to be a knife in her upraised hand.
The girl’s mother said her daughter “promoted peace,” and her aunt blamed the police, claiming that her niece picked up a knife to defend herself during a fight with other people in the neighborhood.
However, what the police saw was someone charging at an unarmed person with a deadly weapon, which didn’t look like a defensive posture. If they had failed to shoot to save the other girl, would they have been accused of not caring about the African-American girl being stabbed to death?
This is a developing story, but it is looking suspiciously like the Adam Toledo case, in which the original narrative failed to make clear that the 13-year-old boy had a gun in his hand just before police fired.