Police Shoot Black Teenager Ma'Khia Bryant In Columbus, Ohio

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Demonstrators are demanding justice for Makiyah Bryant, a Black teenager who was fatally shot by OH police Tuesday afternoon (local time).

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

Ginther later said at the news conference, "We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community". It was disorienting coming so close to the verdict in the Chauvin trial, he said.

"We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available", he continued.

Columbus interim police chief Michael Woods said that an investigation into the incident has since been launched.

Bryant was 16-years-old and academically gifted.

Bryant had reportedly called emergency services because older kids had threatened her with assault. "Tonight we pray for this family, we pray for this city, and we pray for our neighbours", Ginther said. He said, "Our city deserves answers".

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

Bryant, a 16-year-old said to have been in foster care, died shortly afterward.

Police received a 911 call at 4:35 p.m. about an attempted stabbing on the 3100 block of Legion Lane, which is located north of Chatterton Road. "Get down!" Bryant then appears to lunge toward a second girl with the knife, as the officer continued to yell "Get Down!"

Chief Woods also said a decision on whether the officer violated any policy would come after a criminal investigation and a review by a grand jury.

Protests following George Floyd's murder
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Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable.

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

The shooting immediately prompted protests in Columbus and online, where countless Black Americans were just finding some comfort as now-former cop Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

Meanwhile George Floyd's family attorney Ben Crump tweeted: "As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting".

Kiara Yakita, founder of the Black Liberation Movement Central Ohio, said she is not surprised that another police shooting happened. "It's not okay", he said, "and it can't continue on".

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

Crowds react as investigators work at the scene where a teenage girl was fatally shot by a police officer.

She appears unresponsive and blood is pooled on the ground beneath her. The video ends as officers on scene began to treat the girl.

Graham recalled hearing four gunshots just outside his southeast Columbus home.

The bodycam footage shows that, as soon as police pulled up, a young female tackles another female to the ground and had what appeared to be a knife in her hand.

Graham didn't know the girl well, he said, but had seen her walk by his place several times.