Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, Fatally Shot by Ohio Police Officer Hours before Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
An African-American teenager, identified as Ma'Khia Bryant, was confirmed dead after being fatally shot by an Ohio police officer who responded to a distress call.
An Ohio teenager, Ma'Khia Bryant, was pronounced dead Tuesday evening after an encounter with the Ohio police following a dispatch call. Ma'Khia's death came a few hours before Derek Chauvin was convicted for George Floyd's death.
Ma'Khia's mom, Paula Bryant, spoke on the tragic development as she relayed that her daughter was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Paula was teary and unable to mask her emotions as she spoke of her late child.
The grieving mom shared that she last spoke to her daughter last Thursday, and they discussed Ma'Khia’s return home. She added that she wanted her daughter to be remembered as someone who promoted peace.
Emmy-winning reporter Lacey Crisp shared a soulful image of Paula holding up her phone, showing the photo of her late daughter.
Ma'Khia Bryant, a Black teenage girl, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Columbus, Ohio, after she called 911 for help when a group of "older kids" threatened her, according to her family.https://t.co/W1PJ06rt8L— NPR (@NPR) April 21, 2021
The late young girl's family recounted that she had placed a call to the police laying complaint about someone trying to stab her. Authorities responded to the call, which came from the 3100 block of Legion Lane.
The officers arrived at 4:45 pm, and before long, Ma'Khia was shot four times. She was then transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital where she was certified dead.
Onlookers could be heard berating the officer and sharing that Ma'Khia was just a child.
Paula Bryant tells me her 16 year-old daughter Ma’Khia Bryant was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Ma’Khia was shot and killed by a @ColumbusPolice on Legion Lane at 4:30p today. pic.twitter.com/0FfbQVEgSD— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021
The Columbus Interim chief of police, Michael Woods, confirmed that a call came through to the police, but the caller was not identified. He relayed that the caller mentioned that females were there trying to put hands on them and stab them.
Woods then presented the footage from the altercation when the police arrived at the scene. The clip showed the female with a knife advancing to another who landed on the floor. Another female was shoved against a vehicle.
her name was ma’khia bryant https://t.co/jnCLjCWSj4— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) April 21, 2021
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther also responded to reporters acknowledging the painful loss of the 16-year-old girl, who he referred to as 15.
He also pointed out the footage that displayed the police opening fire on the teenager. Ginther noted that the officer took action to protect another girl from the community.
The systems that allowed George Floyd to be murdered remain FULLY intact. Moments after we celebrated a win for police accountability in Minneapolis, news broke that @ColumbusPolice murdered a 15 year old Black girl. Her name was Ma'Khia Bryant. Say her name. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/tufTaia9lR— ACLU of Ohio (@acluohio) April 21, 2021
More information of the footage showed that Ma'Khia had run into the camera's view and appeared to push a girl to the ground. She then moved towards another girl.
The incident happened within fifteen seconds, and the police officer shot at her four times, which is when the knife dropped from her hand. Onlookers could be heard berating the officer and sharing that Ma'Khia was just a child.
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