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OH shooting: Columbus police shoot dead black teenage girl

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Columbus Police release bodycam footage showing 15-year-old Makiah Bryant attempting to stab a person before being shot

A slow-motion replay of the video shows the second victim stumbling backward against a auto parked in the driveway as the knife-wielding youth raises the weapon as if about to stab her, and an officer opens fire.

Bryant was 16-years-old and academically gifted.

The shooting in Columbus happened shortly before a jury found a former police officer guilty of murder over the death of African-American George Floyd on a Minneapolis street a year ago.

Bryant says her niece had a knife, but claims she dropped it before she was shot multiple times by an officer.

"Whether this applies with that will be part of an investigation", he said at the news conference. "She could be my grandchild", said Ned Pettus, the Columbus director of public safety. "We do not know all of the details", Ginther said in a tweet. He added that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was on the scene to carry out an independent investigation, a common protocol with all Columbus Police Department-involved shootings. The teen was identified as 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant, who was reportedly in foster care and in the custody of Children's Services. He said there had been a police shooting.

Around the time the video was made public, live television news coverage showed a growing crowd of protesters on city streets after dark, confronting a small line of police officers on bicycles.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther mourned the loss of the young victim but defended the officer's use of deadly force.

Woods told reporters that police were dispatched to the scene on city's Southeast Side just after 4:35 p.m., after a caller reported that females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them. One is performing chest compressions. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police.

Police did not identify the girl or her age Tuesday.

In a video circulating on Twitter that afternoon, three white officers allegedly taunted residents by saying "Blue Lives Matter". "We know we can't provide every answer, but it's important that we can answer some questions tonight". Police confirmed the person died at the hospital.

The police shooting in his neighborhood "just brings it home a little closer", he said, and reaffirms his decision to tell his 18-year-old son - who, like Graham, is Black - never to call the police. "But you couldn't even enjoy that", Shepherd said. "And this is exactly why I said that, because you can call the police and then all of a sudden you're dead".

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