Columbus police shoot, kill teen girl, reports say

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The family of a 15-year-old girl says the teenager was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer Tuesday afternoon. The suspect was later identified by her family as 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant.

Police were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday to respond to a report of a "disturbance". She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods said officers administered aid and CPR to Ma'Khia, but she was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Attorney Crump has yet to explain his inflammatory and untruthful remarks, or apologize for spreading falsehoods via social media to the American public; despite his claim that the suspect was "unarmed" - she was clearly armed with a knife, as the police video clearly shows. Police have not yet made public the name of that officer.

Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside. Bodycam video showed Bryant, wielding what police said was a knife, lunging at two other girls.

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

Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter yesterday following the May 2020 death of Floyd, who died after the former police officer knelt on his neck for over nine minutes.

Protesters march in downtown Columbus yesterday.

"But another young girl will still not be coming home tonight, he said, adding, "I ask everyone to pray for peace". After shoving one girl to the ground, she then turned and advanced on another girl who was standing near a parked vehicle. The officer takes a few steps toward a group of people in the driveway when the girl, who was Black, starts swinging a knife wildly at another girl or woman, who falls backward.

Hazel Bryant told The Dispatch that she is the aunt of Ma'Khia Bryant. Bryant, who is holding a knife, is shot an unknown number of times after appearing to swing towards another girl.

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Woods said officers summoned a medic immediately and began CPR to Bryant. When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a scuffle between several girls.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the shooting.

He would not say whether the officer violated the department's standards or use of force rules.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available. "We felt transparency in sharing this footage, as incomplete as it is at this time" was critical.

Share and speak up for justice, law & order. He said the investigation still needs to be completed to determine if the actions of the officers were justified.

He did give any detail of the circumstances of the shooting.

Member of Mother's of Murdered Columbus Children and other protestors gathered in the area of the shooting, with one person reportedly carrying a sign that read "enough is enough". "They deserve answers. Our city deserves answers".

"Fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers", Pettus told a late news conference with the police chief and mayor.

The footage of Bryant's shooting death was quickly released by the Columbus Police Department.

The girl's name and age were being withheld while her family is notified, police said.

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