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Ma'Khia Bryant: 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Columbus Police

Ma'Khia Bryant: 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Columbus Police”

Columbus, Ohio police fatally shot 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant yesterday, sparking outcry over the death of another Black person during a police shooting.

The young girl has been identified by her mother as Ma'Khia Bryant, 16.

Ma'Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a police officer in southeast Columbus Tuesday after officers were called to her home just after 4:30 p.m. for a disturbance. Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her.

Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods told WCMH-TV the quick release of the bodycam video is an effort to be transparent with the public. That's when the officer pulls his gun and fires four shots.

Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood where Tuesday's shooting took place for 17 years, said she knew the teenage victim. But things changed quickly, she said.

It's unclear, based on the footage, at what point Bryant gets ahold of the knife.

The young teen was declared dead in the officer-involved shooting just minutes before Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd promoting outrage online and in her community.

In the hours since Makiyah's death, protestors have taken to the streets to demand justice for the teen.

Ben Crump, the prominent civil rights lawyer representing the Floyd family, weighed in on Twitter: "As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting", he wrote, mourning another "child lost".

Columbus Ohio police shooting of teen girl
Hazel Washington is embraced Tuesday after addressing a crowd with her anger at the Columbus Police at the shooting of her niece

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther addressed the police shooting in a series of tweets Tuesday night, confirming the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an independent investigation into the incident. "Officers were dispatched at 4:36 [p.m.] and arrived at 4:44 [p.m.]".

Woods said, "The information was there a caller said females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them, dispatchers tried to obtain information about weapons but were unable to gather that information".

While protesters gathered outside the Columbus police department, people in Bryant's neighborhood witnessed the aftermath of the shooting.

The video shows an officer approaching a driveway with a group of young people standing there. The suspect began attacking her and raised a knife toward the second victim's face-the officer shot the suspect who appeared to be stabbing the second victim.

A man immediately yells at the officer, "You didn't have to shoot her!"

Bryant had reportedly called emergency services because older kids had threatened her with assault.

The officer then tells two other policemen on the scene that Bryant had a knife and was "coming at" the second girl. "Tonight we pray for this family, we pray for this city, and we pray for our neighbours", Ginther said. Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry. Many other critics online questioned why police used deadly force against Bryant, contrasting that with the way Kyle Rittenhouse and Dylann Roof were treated.

He would not say whether the officer violated the department's standards or use of force rules.

Watch the press conference and body camera video above. But they noted the footage they shared with the media had been edited and was incomplete.

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