15-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio

Protesters march in downtown Columbus yesterday

A police officer shot and killed a Black teenage girl on Tuesday after she tried to cut two females with a knife, officials said and body camera footages shows.

Franklin County Children's Services confirmed the teenager as Ma'Khia Bryant and that she was in foster care, according to The Dispatch. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

Police claim the girl was shot as she was wielding a knife and attempting to stab another girl.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

"Police rolled up, shot my niece four times", Bryant told 10TV. Police have not yet made public the name of that officer.

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.

Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside. Reporter Lacey Crisp said that many people in the crowd were "screaming and crying".

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


The shooting immediately prompted protests in Columbus and online, where countless Black Americans were just finding some comfort as now-former cop Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

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

Meanwhile George Floyd's family attorney Ben Crump tweeted: "As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting". "She was 15 years old". The caller reported a female was trying to stab them, then the caller hung up.

The teen was not identified by police as they reach out to notify relatives. Police also are expected to release more body camera footage of the shooting on Wednesday, reports say. In the video, it appears that the 16-year-old, identified now as Ma'Khia Bryant, who was moments later shot by police, pushes or swings at a person, who falls to the ground. The officer shouts again "Get Down!"

The officer then tells two other policemen on the scene that Bryant had a knife and was "coming at" the second girl. Officers assessed the woman for injuries and summoned a medic, as is protocol, Woods said. When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a scuffle between several girls.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the fatal police shooting. He added that state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine if that force was justified in this instance, the AP said.

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". But they noted the footage they shared with the media had been edited and was incomplete.

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