Police Shoot Black Teenager Ma'Khia Bryant In Columbus, Ohio
Apr 21 2021
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.
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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.