NBC Deceptively Edits 911 Call, Casts Doubt on Cop’s Need to Protect a Life


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On the same day former police offer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, a Columbus, Ohio officer shot and killed a 16-year-old black teen, Ma’khia Bryant. Though the left would like to conflate the two incidents, the latter commanded a huge difference: the teen was about to plunge a knife into another girl. But NBC Nightly News didn’t want to clearly show that part of the body camera footage on Wednesday, and they deceptively edited the 911 call to leave out witness accounts of an attempted stabbing.

In 911 audio aired on both ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News that same evening, a caller can be heard saying: “These grown girls over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us.”

But here’s how NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles reported it:

TIBBLES: Officer Nicholas Reardon, who joined the force in December of 2019, was responding to a 911 call.

911 CALL: We need a police officer here now.

TIBBLES: Video shows Reardon approaching a group of young people in this driveway.

And whenever the subject of Bryant wielding a knife was broached, it was framed as something that was purported by police. “Just before yesterday's verdict a police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old black girl in Columbus, Ohio, saying she was threatening others with a knife,” announced anchor Lester Holt.


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