15-year-old United States girl killed in police shooting

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

Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.

Authorities described the youth who was fatally shot as a 15-year-old girl.

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

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

People gathered near the scene of the shooting as night fell and later marched through Columbus and outside the police department.

The shooting occurred just before a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

Some reports said she was 15 and others said 16.

After the shooting, hundreds of protesters pushed past barriers outside police headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside, the AP said, adding that many chanted, "Say her name!" and yelled that "she was just a kid!"

Hazel Bryant told the outlet that her niece lived in a foster home in the area and had gotten into a fight with someone else at the home.

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.

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

Woods said state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance.

Ma'Khia's mother, Paula Bryant, told WBNS that her daughter "was a very loving, peaceful little girl".

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.

I will provide more information as it becomes available.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Bryant family. The victim's aunt also maintained that her niece dropped the knife she used in defense from her attacker prior to the police officer shooting her. "They deserve answers. but fast, quick answers can not come at the cost of accurate answers".

Kiara Yakita, founder of the Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio, said she is not surprised that another police shooting happened. The video ends as officers on scene began to treat the girl. Four gunshots are then heard. But things changed quickly, she said. "When police are killed, the person is brought in and justice is served", Graham said.

The 10-second clip begins with the officer getting out of his auto at a house where police had been dispatched after someone called 911 saying they were being physically threatened, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. "Because as you're getting one phone call that he was guilty, I'm getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighbourhood".