Media Plays Games With Body Cam Video

Media Plays Games With Body Cam Video

Media Plays Games With Body Cam Video

Another week and another police shooting. This time, sixteen-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a Columbus, OH police officer after brandishing a knife and threatening to stab another girl. Not that the initial media accounts told the public about the danger Bryant presented. No, it was too busy beating the narrative drum of systemic racism in our nation’s police departments to wait for all the facts. Then, when body cam footage was released, it twisted the coverage and judiciously edited the 911 call. All hail to the narrative that must take precedence over determining the facts, at least as far as the media is concerned.

I tip my hat to the Columbus PD for recognizing the need to release the body cam footage. The department was in an impossible position after the Bryant shooting. Only a day had passed since Derek Chauvin was convicted in the George Floyd killing. The media immediately went on the attack, pointing out this was yet another white cop shooting a black suspect. Only a couple of days had passed since President Biden, acting in a very unpresidential manner, prayed for a guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial.

Can you imagine how the Democrats would have reacted if Trump admitted publicly he prayed for anyone’s conviction? Even if he did so in a way that fit their narrative, they would have condemned him.

Fast-forward a few days to the Bryant case. LeBron James reacted as many of the so-called celebrities did. He took to social media and condemned the shooting without waiting for all the evidence to come in. He tweeted “a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon, who is white, with an accompanying caption, ‘YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,’ along with an hourglass emoji.” He has since deleted the tweet with the following “explanation”.

Hmm, so it is still all about Bryant without a single word for the person she threatened to stab. Where is the justice in that? Where is the sympathy or concern for those threatened by Bryant as shown on the officer’s body cam?

But LeBron did what he wanted. He fanned the flames and joined the media in trying to sacrifice yet another officer before all the facts were known. (You know you jumped the gun when O. J. Simpson weighs in and tells you to get the facts before saying anything.)

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the worst of the steps taken to make this story fit the approved narrative.

The Columbus Police Department released a clip from the officer’s body cam within hours of the shooting. To say this is unusual is putting it mildly. Most police departments want to at least get a handle on the investigation before releasing the footage. But the PD leadership read the writing on the wall and took what steps it could to not only be transparent with the investigation but head off potential mostly peaceful protests.

Since the rise of body cams, police departments across the country have grappled with whether and how to release videos of violent incidents involving officers and the people they’ve shot or killed. Mayors sometimes want to get the footage out to mollify protesters, police chiefs can use the clips to defend their officers, and prosecutors are left worrying about tainting the jury pool. In some places, local officials may not have a choice because state law prevents or spells out how it can be released.”

It is a balancing act made much more difficult thanks to the media. NBC Nightly News is a prime example. The first thing it did when reporting on the shooting was carefully edit the 911 call in such a way no mention was made of the “grown girls” who were fighting trying to stab others. But there’s more.

Now, the report did say Bryant had a knife but the spin, oh the spin. There’s a big difference between showing her with the knife in hand and simply mentioning she had one. As the saying goes, a picture’s worth a thousand words.

Knowing it had a problem on its hands thanks to the media, one that needed to be dealt with sooner, rather than later, the PD released a second body cam clip.

The press for transparency after an incident is driven, in large part, by social media and online influencers weighing in on evidence of shootings surfaced by bystanders or witnesses and media interest in cases that garner that attention.”

Do you see the words “justice” or “fairness” anywhere in there? No. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther explained the release of the clips this way:

There were a lot of things being said and shared out in the community that may or may not have been consistent with what we’ve seen with our own eyes here. And I think, critically, a time of crisis, it’s very important to be as transparent and responsive as possible.”

Yeah, Mr. Mayor, it’s hard to keep quiet when the media and so-called celebrities are spreading what can, at best, be called untruths or half-truths.

Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell yesterday put it this way, “Basically, the extreme left has declared war on White Americans and White police officers.” He went on to say:

They talk about racism. I’m a civil rights attorney. I know what systemic racism is. It does not exist in Chicago, and Los Angeles, and Baltimore,” he said. “When the people running the show are Black people and Brown people, chief of police, they only play the White officer card against a Black victim.”

Yet the media continues the narrative and the Democrats fall in line with it. Or perhaps it is the other way around. Perhaps it is the Democrats’ narrative and the media falls in line. Either way, it is damaging this country to the point where recovery might not occur for decades, if even then.

Are there bad cops? Sure. Just like there are bad people in every profession or occupation. But not every cop is bad and certainly not just because of his or her skin color. The same can be said of civilians. You aren’t bad because of where you live, what you believe or the color of your skin.

But the most telling of Terrell’s comments last night are again something the media continues to fail to cover. LeBron James, like so many other celebrities who are demanding police reform or even the abolition of the police–not to mention clamping down on gun ownership–enjoys private security and police guards all the while condemning those same officers putting their lives on the line to protect him.

It must be nice to be one of the more equal among equals. But, since most of us aren’t one of the more equal among equals, let’s hope we have more folks like Mayor Ginther and the Columbus PD command staff giving us information about what happened in a police-involved shooting than the media.

According to Ginther, the video was released “because the public deserves to know what happens. They needed to have this footage … to have this information, to have this transparency, to have this power, given to the community. So, it’s no longer about an officer’s word versus a resident’s word or different neighbors’ takes on things, but we have this footage. And we know that having this footage increases accountability on both sides of a camera.” Left unsaid is that it was also released because of the way the media played games and spun the story.

It is a sad day when the media declares war on police. Isn’t it time we start asking why our supposed free press is attacking law enforcement, free speech, our right to bear arms and so many of our other fundamental rights?

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  • Truth Over Facts says:

    I know all the attention is focused on the shooting of a now poor martyred “black yut,” but what also catches the eye in the body cam video is a big black guy trying to kick the first downed black girl in the head while she is down. What is wrong with these people? Is that a rhetorical question?

  • James Thompson says:

    Rule #1 concerning the MSM: assume they are lying until it can be proven they are telling the truth. Rule #2: give every sensational story a minimum of 48 to 72 hours before making any conclusions.

    • Amanda Green says:

      Totally agree, especially with your second rule. It’s too bad the so-called celebrities and influencers are more concerned with helping frame the narrative than in finding out what the truth might actually be.

      • GWB says:

        There are plenty who are trying to “frame the narrative.”
        But there are plenty more who have never learned to go beyond the first look or to think over their emotions, and so will simply pop off with their first impression and never re-examine it. And they do so “in public” over social media, generating a storm of “public opinion” that’s rather akin to a lynch mob.

  • Dietrich says:

    I’m trying to imagine the outcry if the Cop had broken Bryant’s arm with his baton while disarming her. Probably about the same as we’re hearing now.

    • Amanda Green says:

      Pretty much. After all, they want to take away the non-lethal means of responding to a dangerous situation. I guess we’ll see what they think when all the social workers they feel should be responding start getting themselves hurt because cops weren’t there or weren’t allowed to intervene.

      • NTSOG says:

        “… when all the social workers they feel should be responding start getting themselves hurt because cops weren’t there or weren’t allowed to intervene.”

        I never met a social worker in the local State welfare department in which I worked who would visit with or have a meeting with a potentially dangerous client and/or family without the immediate presence of either myself and/or my behaviour specialist colleagues or even a Police presence. There were very strict protocols in relation to SWs meeting with high risk people.

  • Bill H says:

    Mediocre drivel from someone who writes more than she reads

    • Kate says:

      Bill H.
      Your other comment as “Double Chin” has been deleted. If you have constructive criticism or want to debate posts you disagree with using facts, fair enough. But keep your personal insults to yourself or you won’t comment here at all.


    • GWB says:

      And I’m guessing you don’t know much at all about Amanda?
      The very definition of a fool.

  • John Wilson says:

    I think that the names of the editors and narrative creators need to be named publicly for some form of accounting for their lies.

    • JohnS says:

      Exactly. Andrew Stiles at the Free Beacon did a nice job of this with Kessler’s hit piece on Tim Scott, closing out his article pointing out the absurdity of claiming black farmers in South Carolina during the depression who owned their own land were some how privileged, by bringing Kessler’s background into the light:

      “For the sake of context: Kessler is the great-grandson of Jean Baptiste August Kessler (managing director of Royal Dutch Shell), the grandson of Geldolph Adriaan Kessler (soccer player turned steel magnate), and the son of Adriaan Kessler (associate director at Procter & Gamble).”

    • Amanda Green says:

      Yep. Reporters’ names are easier to find. Many of them get bylines now for their work. Editors, that’s something else. But yeah. Let’s hold them responsible for what is printed.

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  • SciVo says:

    “It is a sad day when the media declares war on police. Isn’t it time we start asking why our supposed free press is attacking law enforcement, free speech, our right to bear arms and so many of our other fundamental rights?”

    It’s because they’re **** and hate us and want us to be miserable.

    That was a Rorschach test. Your answer is your own, and no business of mine.

  • Mark Gist says:

    The same day the Columbus Dispatch ran a front-page story about the “tragedy” of Bryant being killed they also ran a story about a 15-year-old boy killing another 15-year-old. This was relegated to page 2 of the Metro section. Here’s the details (the Dispatch has a paywall so I used a different source).

    Nothing more was said about this but on the 25th the Dispatch ran another front page story telling us things like the type of shoes Bryant liked to wear and her plans for the future. Nowhere was there any mention that, if she’d survived, she’d be facing jail time for assault.

    The Dispatch was also a little cagey about how Bryant treated her intended victim. There’s a second video from a neighbor’s security camera. It’s in the upper right hand corner. You can see Bryant pushing her victim back several feet and pressing her against a car before the police officer. The Dispatch never referred to this video.

    Anyway, Bryant is being treated as a victim but she was the aggressor. The second video makes it clearer just how brutal Bryant was.

  • GWB says:

    threatening to stab another girl
    No, she was not. She was in the act of stabbing another woman. If she was “threatening” then a taser or other non-deadly intervention might have been in order. But she was actually, at that exact moment swinging her arm to try and drive that knife into her intended victim’s body. Even little things like that misconstrue what was happening and allow other people to say “Well, couldn’t he have done something other than shoot her?” No, no when she’s actually in the process of driving the knife forward into someone’s body.
    (Threatening is what she was doing when she screamed something like “I’m gonna f*ing kill you, b****!” at the first woman she tried to knife. After she actually rushed that woman, she was no longer threatening, but was actively trying to kill.)

  • GWB says:

    for what happened that lil girl
    1) She weren’t “lil” in any sense of that word.
    2) What happened to her is she got immediate justice for trying to kill two people.
    3) Is it because you’re so tall? The oxygen just doesn’t reach your brain?

    when O. J. Simpson weighs in and tells you to get the facts
    And he knows something about knives….

    the PD released a second body cam clip
    And NBC still doing that lying by omission thing. While they at least gave the relevant portion of the 911 call in that snippet, they stopped short of showing the part of the video where the cop was forced to shoot the “lil girl” because the arm of that woman was plunging forward toward her intended victim. And, of course, I know there was a lot more to that “second video clip” than what NBC showed.

    Yet the media continues the narrative and the Democrats fall in line with it. Or perhaps it is the other way around.
    It doesn’t matter. The Democrats are the bishops and the media are the prophets of the Progressive religion.

    Just like there are bad people in every profession or occupation.
    In most professions, it doesn’t usually involve totally screwing up other people’s lives, or killing them. So, it’s a bit natural to focus more on bad cops than on bad burger flippers or bad teachers or bad receptionists or bad dentists or bad highway engineers [deletes rant about highway engineers in my area being on crack].

    You aren’t bad because of … what you believe
    Oh, I’m going to disagree HARSHLY with that one!

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