Columbus police shoot, kill teen girl, reports say

Laverne Higgins
April 21, 2021

She was killed shortly before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Police showed bodycam footage at a news conference of the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.

The girl, identified by family as Ma'Khia Bryant, was shot and killed by police in Columbus on Tuesday afternoon, after officers were called to a disturbance on the southeast side of the city following reports of an attempted stabbing.

Bryant's aunty told reporters that Bryant had dropped the knife before being shot multiple times by an unidentified white officer.

In the video, the police officer is seen approaching a fight between several teenage girls. Sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was shot and killed after someone called authorities, saying a female was trying to stab them.

Mayor Andrew Ginther said it was a "heartbreaking" tragic day in the City of Columbus. "We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community". The officer shouts again "Get Down!"

Bryant said Ma'Khia had been living in a foster home and that several adult women came to the home and began an altercation with her, after which Ma'Khia called police for help, as well as her biological father and grandmother, the Daily Beast said.

"But another young girl will still not be coming home tonight", he said.

Meanwhile, Attorney Crump has yet to explain his inflammatory and untruthful remarks, or apologize for spreading falsehoods via social media to the American public; despite his claim that the suspect was "unarmed" - she was clearly armed with a knife, as the police video clearly shows. "They deserve answers. but fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers". One officer has attended to shooting the victim, who the police are not identifying yet.

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Protesters with Black Lives Matter signs, megaphones and a loudspeaker joined the crowd gathered behind crime scene tape about a half-block away from the shooting scene.

Ginther and other Columbus officials vowed to release more information "as soon as it becomes available" and appealed to residents to "remain calm" as state law enforcement worked the case.

A review of the shooting will be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"She promoted peace and that's something I want to always be remembered", her mother said.

Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighbourhood where Tuesday's shooting took place for 17 years, said she knew the teenage victim. He said an investigation was ongoing to determine if the actions of the officers were justified and the officer in question - who has not been identified - has been placed on administrative leave.

"It certainly does put in stark view what you have been called to do in our community, each and every one of you: to provide oversight, accountability and transparency when it comes to policing in our community", he said.

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