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Family: 15-year-old girl shot, killed by police in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Police Kill Black Teenage Girl Who Was Seen Threatening Others With Knife Investigators work at the scene where a fatal shooting by a police officer occurred in Columbus Ohio US
Cecil Davis | 21 April, 2021, 18:22

Sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was shot and killed after someone called authorities, saying a female was trying to stab them.

Her family says after she was shot, she was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces enormous scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes.

Police Chief Woods added that the officer in question has been taken off the streets by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) while an investigation takes place.

The body camera video appeared to show one person lunging at another in front of a parked auto in a driveway before officers shot her dead, though it was hard to make out any weapons in the footage.

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

The incident, sparking street protests in Ohio's largest city, came as the nation was focused on the guilty verdict a Minneapolis jury returned against a white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd a year ago by kneeling on his neck.

In another video broadcast from the scene, one of the officers yells back: "Blue lives matter".

Protesters march in downtown Columbus yesterday. "She was 15 years old".

Columbus Fire medics were cleared to come into the scene at 4:46 p.m., police said.

The teen was not identified by police as they reach out to notify relatives.

As he approaches a group of people standing and shouting on the driveway, he asks, "What's going on?" She then approaches a second girl and throws her against a auto parked on the driveway.

A family member has confirmed to 10TV that the girl shot and killed was Makiah and that she was the one who made the call to police for help.

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The officer responds, "She had a knife".

The officer tells her to "get down" as she grapples with the woman in pink, who is leaning against the side of the auto and and trying to dodge her blade.

A slow-motion replay of the video shows the second victim stumbling backward against a auto parked in the driveway as the knife-wielding youth raises the weapon as if about to stab her, and an officer opens fire. Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry.

Woods said at the news conference late on Tuesday that full body-camera footage of the incident was not shown because of a public records process that requires officials to blur the faces of juveniles on video.

Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable.

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

"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available", the mayor said on Twitter. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident.

Woods said the department must follow the OH law on public records before it can share the full video. He said the investigation still needs to be completed to determine if the actions of the officers were justified. They will also release other details of the shooting and the officers involved, he said.

After officers arrived at the scene, around 4:44 p.m., an officer-involved shooting was reported. They deserve answers, the city deserves answers. "I want answers, but fast, quick answers can't come at the cost of accurate answers".

"Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her", Paula Bryant asserted. The girl lived in a foster home there on Legion Lane and got into an altercation with someone else at the home, she said.

This is a developing story.

"We hugged each other".