Washington, DC – The DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a viral TikTok video that showed a snarky exchange between its police officers and some bystanders during an incident on Friday (video below).
The video was posted to TikTok by @karonoliviaa on April 23 and showed at least six DC police officers in a parking lot with several young people.
The post was captioned “I hate the police so much.”
No details about what sort of incident led up to the exchange or why officers were there has been released.
“Are y’all gonna kill me like Ma’Khia Bryant?” a voice behind the camera asked the officers.
“Are you going to stab somebody like her?” one of the officers responded.
All of the police officers in the video were wearing face masks and it was unclear who replied to the man antagonizing the officers in the video.
“She called y’all for help,” the man continued, referring to the officer-involved shooting of 16-year-old Bryant that occurred more than 400 miles away in Columbus, Ohio.
“F–k is you talking about. Get your goofy a–” the man continued to bait the officers. “And you just said that on camera. This s–t is going viral.”
DC police confirmed to WUSA that the department is investigating the incident.
No information was available about the context of the confrontation between the officers and the citizens.
Bryant was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer as she was attempting to stab another female in her driveway.
The incident began at approximately 4:32 p.m. on April 20, when the Columbus Police Department (CPD) received a report that “females” were at 3171 Legion Lane “trying to stab them and put their hands on them,” CPD Interim Chief Michael Woods said during the press conference.
The 911 dispatcher tried to gather information about any potential weapons that might have been involved, but was unable to get those answers amid the chaos in the background of the call, Chief Woods said.
Authorities have not said who made the 911 call.
Officers arrived at the scene at 4:44 p.m., just five minutes after they were dispatched.
Bodycam footage showed the officer approaching a group of people screaming at one another in the driveway of a residential area when a girl came running towards him.
The girl, who was being chased by Bryant, tumbled to the ground at the officer’s feet after the girl chasing her shoved or took a swing at her, the bodycam showed.
Chief Woods explained that Bryant was trying to stab the girl who fell.
Bryant then pivoted and went after another girl who was dressed in a pink jumpsuit, the video showed.
“Hey! Get down! Get down!” the officer ordered to no avail, as a man appeared to kick the girl who had fallen onto the ground.
Bryant then swung a knife at the girl dressed in pink, who by that time was pinned against the hood of a car, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The officer discharged his weapon, striking the 16-year-old Bryant, whose arm was in the air swinging the knife.
A metallic sound could be heard as she fell to the ground and dropped the knife, the video showed.
The chaotic scene amped up further after the shooting as additional officers rushed in and bystanders began screaming at them.
“She had a knife – she just ran at her,” the officer who fired his weapon told two of the witnesses, one of whom appeared to be the same man seen kicking the victim who had fallen to the ground right as the officer initially arrived.
“She’s a f—king kid, man!” the man screamed back at him.
Police immediately began rendering aid and Bryant was rushed to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m., The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Protests erupted immediately after Bryant was shot and police released bodycam video less than 24 hours later that showed the officer had saved the girl in pink’s life by shooting her attacker.
The video has not stopped calls for criminal charges against the officer who shot her by anti-police activists or protests against the police that have erupted nationwide.
Watch the incident in DC unfold in the video below. WARNING – Obscene Language: