The Daily Beast ripped for publishing misinformation about Columbus police shooting

Ohio Police Kill Black Teenage Girl Who Was Seen Threatening Others With Knife

The family of a 15-year-old girl says the teenager was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer Tuesday afternoon.

"This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life".

Police said they were responding to a report of an attempted stabbing in the southern part of the city at about 4:30 p.m. local time.

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

There is body-worn camera footage of the incident.

The officer who shot the teen has been placed on administrative leave.

Interim Chief of Police Michael Woods told reporters the officer will be pulled off of patrol duty as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation looks into Tuesday's shooting. That's when the officer pulls his gun and fires four shots.

Bryant said Ma'Khia had been living in a foster home and that several adult women came to the home and began an altercation with her, after which Ma'Khia called police for help, as well as her biological father and grandmother, the Daily Beast said. He said police believe she is attempting to stab both girls during the fight.

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

The shooting happened some 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Mr Floyd. It quickly drew at least a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters to the scene, WBNS News reported. The chief said he "would be taken off the street" pending an investigation.

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

Actress Quinta Brunson captured the feelings of many when she wrote on Twitter: "My heart is pretty broken tonight. Officers were dispatched at 4:36 [p.m.] and arrived at 4:44 [p.m.]".

Bryant then turns around and tries to hit or stab another girl in pink clothing.

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 U.S. history. After shoving one girl to the ground, she then turned and advanced on another girl who was standing near a parked vehicle. Bryant said the victim had a knife but had dropped it before an officer shot her multiple times.

A man yells at the officer that he didn't have to shoot the girl, and the officer is heard saying, "She had a knife".

Bryant had reportedly called emergency services because older kids had threatened her with assault. "I'm so thankful that someone from the family was actually on the scene", Bryant said. Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry. He also noted that per the department's policy, officers can use deadly force to protect themselves or a third party.

Woods cautioned the shooting is still very new and "we are still gathering information".

Watch the press conference and body camera video above. "We felt transparency in sharing this footage, as incomplete as it is at this time" was critical.

Woods said the department must follow the OH law on public records before it can share the full video.



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