Benjamin Crump accused of fanning flames by saying Ma’Khia Bryant was unarmed – despite vid showing she had knife

LAWYER Benjamin Crump has been accused of "lying" for claiming Ma’Khia Bryant was "unarmed" when she can be seen trying to stab someone with a knife in body cam footage.

Columbus cops released the bombshell video on Tuesday after Bryant's death triggered more unrest and protests in Ohio – the same day ex-officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Crump – who weighs in on civil rights violations and acted as the Floyd family's lawyer – immediately took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the 16-year-old being shot yesterday.

"As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting as @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15yo Black girl named Makiyah Bryant," Crump said.

"Another child lost! Another hashtag," he added, followed by the hashtag: #JusticeForMakiyahBryant – but some people didn't take kindly to the attorney falsely saying the teen had no weapon in her hand.

Radio host Dan O'Donnell wrote: "Please stop lying," along with a screen shot from the cop camera footage showing the teen grabbing another girl inand holding up a knife.

"Unarmed?" asked a second Twitter user, who also shared an image from the police video.



"For the record she was not unarmed … you can clearly see her yielding a knife in the video. She did not deserve to be shot but she was armed," noted another person.

Likewise, a fourth person wrote: "Can you uh…repeat that 'unarmed' part for the whole call real quick?"

A Daily Wire Editor Beth Baumann replied: "Dude, there’s video. She had a knife. Stop."

"I mean come on," said another person who also shared a screenshot of the knife-wielding minor.

However, the famed attorney also received positive replies underneath his statement as others decried police brutality, claiming the system was inherently racist.

The Sun has contacted Crump's press team for a response to the criticism twice on Wednesday and did not receive a response at the time of publication.




Today, Crump appeared alongside Philonise and Rodney Floyd on The View, where he praised President Joe Biden and claimed that black people were always "over-policed" in the US.

His comments came after the video showed the "knife-wielding" teen – identified by family as Ma'Khia Bryant – being shot multiple times amid an altercation with two other females.

Cops say they received a disturbance call from a person who said someone was trying to stab them at 4.32pm, with officers arriving on scene minutes later at 4.44pm

Police bodycamera video from the incident showed two females arguing, as one was thrown to the ground.

The girl standing appeared to have a weapon in her hand – which police said was a knife – and moved against a vehicle with another female.

As the pair moved toward the vehicle, the girl who cops say had a blade raised her arm.



Someone could be heard yelling "Get down!" multiple times as an officer immediately pulled out his gun and fired repeated shots.

The girl then collapsed on the ground.

A police spokesperson said at a press conference that officers administered immediate CPR and aid "as per policy."

Video footage showed police standing nearby for around 10 seconds before moving slowly toward the girl who was shot.

More than half a minute passed before an officer knelt down to check on her and give aid.

Hazel Bryant, who said she is Ma'khia's aunt, said her niece called police because she was being abused by someone at the foster home where she lived, The Daily Beast reported.

She told The Columbus Dispatch that her niece got into an altercation with someone else who lived at the same home.

A spokesperson for Franklin County Children's Service told the Columbus Dispatch that Bryant had been in foster care, but did not comment further.




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