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

A screenshot from the police body camera footage of the shooting of Makiyah Bryant by police

A police officer then opened fire on the youth as she collapsed against a vehicle parked in the driveway. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. "They deserve answers. but fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers".

Investigators will determine whether the killing complies with state law that says "deadly force can be used to protect yourself or the protection of a third person", Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at a news conference late Tuesday.

In a press conference, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the "officers took action to protect another young girl".

Arriving police encountered a chaotic scene of several people on the front lawn where the teenager in question, brandishing a knife, charged toward one female who falls backwards, then lunged at a second female, the video showed. "She's just a kid, man!" The teen was identified as 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant, who was reportedly in foster care and in the custody of Children's Services. She was loving. YEAH she had issues. "She didn't deserve to die like a dog on the street". The other officers on site can be seen rendering aid to the teen and the officer who opened fire joins them after appearing to check the scene for additional threats.


Another young Black life has been lost after Ma'Khia Bryant was shot by police in OH on Tuesday afternoon.

"As we watched the verdict from Minneapolis many talked about the sigh of relief - but there is a truth that for so many in our community there is no relief", said Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin at a Tuesday meeting related to new civilian review board for police. 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. He added that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was on the scene to carry out an independent investigation, a common protocol with all Columbus Police Department-involved shootings.

"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. He also called on the public to "remain calm" as the authorities gather all the facts.

According to the New York Times, the incident occurred in southeast Columbus at around 4.45 pm, just minutes before Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd - a 46-year-old Black man whose death sparked one of the biggest protest movements in USA history.

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