VIDEO: Dem Congresswoman Defends Columbus Police Officer’s Actions
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Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” the Columbus, Ohio police officer who fatally shot knife-wielding Ma’Khia Bryant “responded as he was trained to do.”
Demings, the former police chief of Orlando, responded to anchor John Dickerson asking about the George Floyd Policing Act and the Columbus incident.
“When I served as a police chief, what I prayed for daily was that my police officers would respond as they are trained to do,” Demings said. “Now, after every incident, we would have to go back and look at our policies and make sure that the policies met the moment…You know, now everybody has the benefit of slowing the video down and and seizing the perfect moment. The officer on the street does not have that ability. He or she has to make those split-second decisions, and they’re tough.”
She concluded: “But the limited information that I know in viewing the video, it appears that the officer responded as he was trained to do with the main thought of preventing a tragedy and- and a loss of life of the person who was about to be assaulted.”
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