While the news about the Ohio teenager Ma’Khia Bryant murdered by high-profile police officer Nicholas Reardon has sparked indignation in the public, the news about the death of another teenage girl which occurred just 100 miles away in Winton Hills, Ohio one day prior didn’t get as much attention as it should since very few media outlets reported it at that time.
The 13-year-old Ohio girl Janiah Pate appeared in court two days later after allegedly killing the 13-year-old girl Nyaira Givens with a pocket knife on April 20 during a fight near the family’s home on Topridge Place.
“During a verbal dispute, (the teen) pulled out a pocket knife and cut the victim on the right side of her neck causing her death,” court documents state.
Police did not say what occurred in the moments before the stabbing. Givens was rushed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she later died.
The fatal stabbing appears to have occurred between two former friends. Jackson, Givens’s father, told WLWT that his daughter was a freshman at Aiken High School and went to school with the girl who stabbed her.
Givens’ name, however, is not as well-known as Bryant’s. Some reporters have covered the story of this 13-year-old girl, including Ben Shapiro, Dana Loesch, and Geraldo Rivera.
If a 13-year-old black girl is stabbed to death in Ohio by another 13-year-old girl, that’s not a national news story and nobody knows her name. If a cop stops a black girl from being stabbed by a 16-year-old black girl, that’s systemic racism. https://t.co/lqEzleeXrz
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 22, 2021
Serious question: what is BLM saying today if the officer doesn’t shoot Ma’Khia Bryant and she stabs a young black woman to death?
We are on the road to paralyzing our police completely. And I know some woke types would like that, but the results will be disastrous.
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 21, 2021
— Rants Outloud, AFT (@RantsOutloud) April 22, 2021
While Givens’s dad saw the tragedy happening to his daughter, he could do nothing at that time as he was too far to help. In the incident of the police shooting of 16-year-old Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, her neighbor insisted police had no choice but to shoot.
The body camera footage released by police showed the officer arrived at the scene as Bryant attacked one woman with a knife before charging another woman. The officer opened fire on Bryant as she pinned the other woman to the car.
Interim Police Chief Michael Woods and the city’s public safety director, Ned Pettus, Jr., called for calm as the investigation is underway. ‘
‘Fast, quick answers cannot come at the cost of accurate answers,” Pettus told a news conference with the police chief and mayor. ”BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) will conduct a fully independent investigation, which will be made public. If an officer has violated policy or the law, if they have, they will be held accountable.”
All sides of the issue, from CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo, to Dana Loesch, have offered that Reardon’s actions were reasonable.
Bryant’s incident still generated controversy in the public until now as many protestors and the BLM have decried it as another example of racist and systemic police brutality, but shouldn’t any of Bryant’s intended victims, if they had tragically lost their lives, have gotten as much attention? Should Givens get the same as much attention?
As a reminder, here is what was said about Bryant, using false information, from those who should have spoken up about Givens just as much.
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
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. Another child lost! Another hashtag. ✊🏾🙏🏾#JusticeForMakiyahBryant https://t.co/9ssR5gfqm5
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 21, 2021