Briana Sykes is a 19-year-old lady accused of shooting a Flint police officer at a Juneteenth Celebration parade traffic point. The officer then shot and killed Sykes. On Facebook, she went by the name Briana Brown or Briana Bhaddazz Brown.
Briana Sykes Age
At the time of the shooting, Briana was 19 years old.
Video Captured the Moment the Officer Shot Briana
Video captured the moment that the officer shot Sykes at close range through a car window. In a news release on June 21, 2021, Michigan State police identified the woman who was shot and killed as Briana Sykes, 19, Flint, Michigan. She shared a Bernie Sanders tweet on Facebook in which Sanders called the criminal justice system “racist” because of Breonna Taylor’s death in a Louisville police shooting. The shooting happened at 2:14 p.m. in the City of Flint involving a Flint Police Department officer, the release said. She wrote on Facebook that she lived in Redford, Michigan, and was from Detroit.
Bystander video shows a police shooting incident this afternoon in #Flint, MI. A news release (read in this thread) from MI State Police says that “the officer was not injured” but if you watch the video below, he is on his knees after the shooting. 1/2 https://t.co/vHepgbLq7f
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 (@TCReporter) June 20, 2021
The video shows the officer standing at the window of a car when he opened fire. He then collapses nearby on the ground as other officers rush to help and bystanders express great shock.
Officer was Working a Traffic Point
“Preliminary investigation indicates the officer, who was working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade, was fired upon by the lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him at the traffic point. Upon taking fire, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The officer was not injured, nor were any bystanders who were in the area.”
Sykes succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
Social Media Reactions
Local journalist Bria Jones wrote on Twitter, “I waited two hours for the Juneteenth Parade on Saginaw Street only to find out it was interrupted by shooting less than a mile away. Flint, we MUST do better.. THIS IS SAD!”
I waited two hours for the Juneteenth Parade on Saginaw Street only to find out it was interrupted by a shooting less than a mile away.
Flint we MUST do better..
THIS IS SAD! pic.twitter.com/ZNZZrp3muM
— Bria Jones (@BriaJonesTV) June 19, 2021
Another Facebook user wrote, “R.I.P baby girl I wish I woulda know ur state of mind and coulda helped you. I can’t believe this sh** bro 💔💔 my heart hurts I love you bi*** Rest In Peace my bby❤️🙏🥺”
Briana Sykes Previously Wrote About Breanna Taylor on Facebook
Sykes shared a cartoon showing a police outline where Breonna Taylor was killed. The cartoon share bore the caption, written by someone else, #THISISWHYWECANTSTANDYALL.
She shared a Shaun King post sharing a Bernie Sanders tweet that said, “Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. This result is a disgrace and an abdication of justice. Our criminal justice system is racist. The time for fundamental change is now.
Juneteenth was Recently Declared a Federal Holiday
Juneteenth is an annual holiday observing the end of slavery in the U.S. and marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas.
In 2021, it became the first new federal holiday created by Congress in nearly four decades. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law by President Biden on June 17, giving Juneteenth the same status as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and other federal holidays.