Black Ohio girl shot dead by police answering 911 call

Black Ohio girl shot dead by police answering 911 call

Franklin County Children's Services confirmed the teenager as Ma'Khia Bryant and that she was in foster care, according to The Dispatch. "We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available". She said, 'Mommy, I made honor roll.' And she said, 'Mommy, I'm looking forward to coming home.' ...

"Our focus is on addressing systemic racism and implicit bias head on and of course to pass laws and legislation that will put much needed reform in police departments across the country", she said.

Warning: the video shows a fatal shooting.

The girl with the knife then charges at another female who's pinned against a vehicle, the outlet said. The officer shouts, "Get down!" three times, pulls out his gun and shoots in Bryant's direction at least four times and she falls to the ground.

"She had a knife, she just went at her", the officer said after the gunfire.

In a series of clips from police body camera video, the girl is seen holding a knife during a tussle with another young woman.

Mayor Andrew Ginther said it was a "heartbreaking" tragic day in the City of Columbus.

He said, "We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community".

While police declined to release her name until next of kin had been notified, several local media outlets have identified the victim as Ma'Khia Bryant, citing family members. "She just ran at her", one officer says on the footage. She was a child. Authorities transported Bryant to a nearby hospital where she later died. The Dispatch reports that 10 minutes later, officers responded to the scene and an officer-involved shooting was reported.

The teen's grandmother and father had reportedly been at the scene at the time of the shooting-something Hazel Bryant said she was "so thankful" about. It says a lot that suddenly, people are so concerned with the life of the other young girl (who, for the record, I'm glad is unharmed), but that doesn't erase the fact that the goal should be for both of them to be alive. They're not here to protect and serve.

Ma'Khia fell to the ground, the knife by her side. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat. "I'm so thankful that someone from the family was actually on the scene", Bryant said. The problems prompted at least one author, The Washington Post's Radley Balko, to issue a public retraction, writing on Twitter that he had been "premature" to claim police "shot the kid who called for help".

After the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene.

The Columbus shooting came moments after jurors in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin found the defendant guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. ". In the end, you know what, you can't be Black".

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

City of Columbus Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus told reporters answers as to what happened will be released in due time. The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl today.

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