A Black Lives Matter agitator on Wednesday made a surprising argument on social media that turned some heads.
“Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons,” tweeted longtime activist Bree Newsome. “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.”
Newsome was defending the behavior of Ma’Khia Bryant, the Columbus, Ohio 16-year-old who was fatally shot by police after she attempted to stab two people with a knife Tuesday afternoon.
Bodycam video released by the police show the knife-wielding Bryant going on a violent rampage just before the shooting, which occurred around the same time the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin was announced.
Shortly after the shooting, demonstrators gathered at the shooting scene and at the Columbus Division of Police’s downtown headquarters.
@10TV A look downtown. People are marching through the streets chanting “say her name. Ma’Khia Bryant” pic.twitter.com/q10YOIrnQ0
— Richard 🎥 (@richaaron10tv) April 21, 2021
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther called the shooting a “horrible, heartbreaking situation” and said, “We know from this footage that the officer took action to protect another young girl in the community.”
Woods later noted that “deadly force can be used to protect yourself or (for) the protection of a third person. … Whether this complies with that will be part of that investigation.”
“We think it’s critically important to share as much information as possible, as quickly as possible,” Ginther said. “So, we’ll continue to share footage, other information in the hours and days ahead.”
Although the bodycam footage shows strong evidence that the shooting was justified, Democrat politicians and Black Lives Matter activists like Newsome have sought to vilify the police response.
“Everyone should be frightened that the ruling white elite have done such a thoroughly successful job of not only disconnecting us from the means of basic self-sufficiency but also convincing us we need armed white officers to manage our children & communities. Frightening,” Newsome said in a subsequent tweet.
Newsome is best known for climbing the flag pole at the South Carolina Statehouse to cut down a Confederate flag in 2015. She his since gained notoriety by expressing her crackpot ideas on Twitter, where she goes by the handle, DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES.
Last week, Newsome condoned rioting and looting as “legitimate” responses to what she called “state violence” against blacks and other minorities.
“I’m definitely in the camp of defending rioting & looting as a legitimate, politically-informed response to state violence,’ Newsome tweeted last Tuesday. ‘I’ve tweeted on this topic many times & I’m always willing to engage people in good faith discussion of why I hold that position.”
“Far from making the argument people think it does, the hand-wringing over property damage & looting in situations like this only highlights how this society treats Black people as less than human,” the activist tweeted.
Newsome’s attempt to normalize knife fights among teenagers prompted a great deal of ridicule from fellow Twitter users.
WE need help? Uh, you think knife fights are normal. pic.twitter.com/6RIPGpaSwR
— Okay. (@corrcomm) April 21, 2021
Required reading for my first grader. Sigh…they grow up so fast. pic.twitter.com/cWQMgZIDJV
— Senior Legal Analyst Prison Mitch (@MidnightMitch) April 21, 2021
“Knife fights are a thing that should he allowed to happen,” is not a take I ever expected to see.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 21, 2021
“we should let the kids stab each other to death” is quite the take
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 21, 2021
Remember fondly fighting with my girlfriend and trying to stab her with my 8 inch knife.
Those were the days. 🤦🏻♀️
— Donna Cahill (@DTCahill) April 21, 2021
Great parody account.
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) April 21, 2021
That’s not even remotely normal.
You do a huge disservice to our community (and policing issues) by acting like it is.
— RAM (Richard Armande Mills) (@RAMRANTS) April 21, 2021
Eyyy it’s just kids being kids with the knife fights trying to stab each other let’s all calm down here pic.twitter.com/TPDzH4wYCG
— P.S. Real Talk 🇭🇷 (@PSRealTalk) April 21, 2021
"Knife Fights" is simply the name we give to things we choose to do together.
— El Kabong (@El_Kabong81) April 21, 2021
— Ivy League Brunch Marxist 🥂🥓🧨 (@losingyourmoney) April 21, 2021
“Teenagers stabbing each other is good actually, stopping them is bad” is not the take I expected to see when I woke up this morning but here we are
— Godot (@GodotIsW8ing4U) April 21, 2021
Remember all our teenage knife fights? My first was in the Paradise Valley Mall food court. She punctured my lung and sliced off an ear. Killed two of my friends. “They’re white,” the grizzled mall cop said to his rookie partner. “Let ‘em have their fun.” https://t.co/GPSnlQ4piF
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) April 21, 2021