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Family says 16-year-old girl shot dead by police in Columbus

Columbus Police release bodycam footage showing 15-year-old Makiah Bryant attempting to stab a person before being shot Black teenager shot dead by police in Ohio on day of George Floyd verdict
Cecil Davis | 21 April, 2021, 09:22

A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed by police on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, police said. The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces huge scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes. "And this is exactly why I said that, because you can call the police and then all of a sudden you're dead". As the officer approaches the group of people a scuffle begins between two persons and one falls on the ground.

The girl with the knife then charges at another girl or woman who is pinned against a vehicle.

Family members identified 16-year-old Makiyah Bryant as the victim of the shooting in the city of Columbus, but authorities have not yet officially confirmed her identity.

The teenager immediately collapses against the parked vehicle and onto the ground, and the weapon, which appears to be a kitchen-style knife, is seen lying on the pavement near her as an officer crouches at her side to render medical aid. You ain't gonna have her go out like that.

"She was a good kid".

She had a knife in her possession. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Nobody else was injured, the newspaper reported.

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

The shooting happened minutes before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd was announced. The crowd of about 100 could be heard chanting outside police headquarters as city officials offered their condolences to the family and acknowledged the rarity of showing bodycam footage so soon after a police shooting. "If an officer has violated policy or the law, if they have, they will be held accountable".

The mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, speaking at a press conference on the release of the body cam footage, pointed out that "based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl". The video then shows what appears to be a kitchen knife lying on pavement near the teenager.

One can be heard saying, "He shot her four times". Officers pushed back protesters and threatened to use pepper spray on the protesters.

The shooting in a neighborhood on the city's southeast side happened to coincide with announcement of the guilty verdict by a Minneapolis jury against a former police officer charged with murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during an arrest past year. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police. The officer in Hill's case, Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, is now facing trial for murder, with the next hearing scheduled for April 28.