Wednesday, 12 May, 2021

Police Shoot Black Teenager Ma'Khia Bryant In Columbus, Ohio

Police cars at the scene of the fatal shooting in Columbus Ohio Police cars at the scene of the fatal shooting in Columbus Ohio
Cary Erickson | 21 April, 2021, 12:38

"It's just so ironic", he said.

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.

A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she was shot and fell.

At 4:35 p.m., police received a call about an attempted stabbing on the 3100 block of Legion Lane.

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.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation convened on the scene Tuesday night (April 20) to investigate the fatal shooting by a Columbus police officer. The suspect was later identified by her family as 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant.

"We thought it was important to share with the community, to be transparent about this incident, to let them have some answers that we can provide tonight", said Woods.

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

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However, despite the video and the heroic actions of the officer-who saved the victims from a violent attack with a knife-the family of Bryant seemed to be telling a different story.

The shooting struck a raw nerve as Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd came to an end and leaders ranging from the Minnesota Attorney General to President Biden emphasized the need for broader police reform and restored trust between law enforcement and their communities.

"Whether this applies with that will be part of an investigation", he said at the news conference.

The officer is later seen tossing a knife away from the girl. "We felt transparency in sharing this footage, as incomplete as it is at this time" was critical, he said, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Video taken at the scene shortly after the shooting shows two police officers kneeling over the girl, who is lying near a auto at the end of a driveway.

From a few feet away, with people on either side of him, the officer fires four shots, and the teen slumps to the ground.

In a video circulating on Twitter that afternoon, three white officers allegedly taunted residents by saying "Blue Lives Matter".

"The neighbourhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this", Shepherd said of the shooting.