Yesterday while many people were celebrating the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, another police-involved incident took place in Columbus, OH. It wasn’t too long before the news about the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant started to come about. Last night, authorities released the body camera footage of the incident, and shortly after a press conference was held.
During the press conference, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther spoke about the incident and acknowledged that it was a heartbreaking situation. He then said, “We know from this footage that the officer took action to protect another young girl in the community.” Ginther continued to state that more information and footage will be shared in the days ahead.
"We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community."
The mayor of Columbus, OH, says the officer that shot and killed a teenage black girl in order to defend another girl in an altercation that included a knife. pic.twitter.com/aRYQ5DQ6Eo
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 21, 2021
According to CBS News, Interim police chief Michael Woods said the officer that killed Ma’Khia was “taken off the street” as the incident is being investigated. It will not be determined if he committed any violations until the investigation is completed and sent to a grand jury.
WBNS 10 reports that Woods said a caller reported females were trying to stab them, but the call disconnected while the dispatcher tried to collect more information. Family members say that Ma’Khia called police officers for help because girls were fighting outside of her home.
In the body camera footage released by police, an altercation could be seen taking place as the police approached the home. It appeared that a stabbing gesture was made before one of the officers fired his weapon. The shooting victim was taken to Mount Carmel East where she was announced deceased.
Ma’Khia’s mother Paula Bryant, and Franklin County Children Services confirmed she was the one that was fatally shot. She was reportedly a foster child under the care of children’s services at the time of her passing.
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