- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 22, 2021

“The View” co-host Joy Behar said Thursday that the Columbus, Ohio, police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old Black girl this week should have fired his gun “in the air as a warning” to stop the girl’s knife-wielding rampage.

Ms. Behar made the suggestion while rattling off a list of actions she thinks the officer should have taken before firing his weapon at Ma’Khia Bryant.

“I’ve looked at the tape and I still can’t figure it out,” she said. “Shoot the gun in the air as a warning, Tase a person, shoot them in the leg, shoot them in the behind. Stop them somehow. But if the only solution is to kill a teenager, there’s something wrong with this. There’s something very, very wrong with the way these things are being conducted. Even if the cop had to do it, there’s something wrong with it. I can’t explain it any better than that. 

“We keep talking about this over and over and kids still keep getting shot,” she continued. “It’s like the gun issue in this country. People keep getting shot and nothing ever gets done about it. It’s a very frustrating conversation to have. I can’t add much to it.”

Ms. Behar said she disagreed with CNN host Don Lemon, who said on his show Wednesday night that the officer was likely justified in shooting Ma’Khia, who was seen in body-camera footage lunging with a knife at another female. 

“If they see someone who is in the process of taking a life, what decision do they have to make?” Mr. Lemon said. “And I know that people say well, you know, you could do this, you could do that. Tasers don’t work the way guns work. Not at that distance.”

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin also disagreed with Mr. Lemon’s take, arguing that police incidents go from “zero to execution when there is a Black or brown person involved.”

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