Top Democrat Congresswoman Says Officer In Makhia Bryants Death Was Right

( The death of Makhia Bryants was shocking for many reasons. The 16-year-old girl was stabbing a girl in the street when a police officer was compelled to shoot her. The incident occurred in Columbus, Ohio, and was a tragic end to a fight initiated by Byrants, and which nearly became a murder committed in broad daylight.

That’s reason enough to find the incident shocking, but it certainly wasn’t an anti-black police shooting caused by institutional racism.

And even some Democrats are waking up to this obvious fact, even as Black Lives Matter insists it was a fresh example of police racism.

Rep. Val Demings, a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, said that the officer was simply “responding as he was trained” to deal with the situation and had to make a split-second decision to save the life of Bryants’ victim.

Speaking to CBS News on Sunday, Demings said that she has previously been forced to make similar decisions.

“I also was a patrol officer who was out there on the street having to make those split-second decisions,” she said on Sunday. “You know, now everybody has the benefit of slowing the video down 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 can say that again!

Demings gave herself a way out, bu saying that the “limited information” she has in viewing the video suggests that the officer “responded as he was trained to do with the main thought of preventing a tragedy and loss of life of the person who was about to be assaulted.”

The evidence of course makes it very clear why the officer needed to take the drastic action, but Demings can’t predict what her own party will say about her for agreeing with Republicans on this…

However, Demings did bravely stand up and say that the death of Bryants should not be turned into a political issue, saying that America’s good police officers “need it” and that “quite frankly, the American people need it.”

“We in Congress in both chambers can meet this moment as well if we have the political will to do so,” she added.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like most Democrats have that political will at all…