Police fatally shot and killed a 15-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio
Officials responding to an attempted knife stab shot dead Makiyah Bryant just before the judge pronounced a guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial. People react at the site of a police shot in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Columbus, Ohio, police at Gaelen Morse / Reuters fatally shot and killed a 15-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon just before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. The girl was identified as Makiyah Bryant by the local media. The officers responded to an attempted stab call and shot the girl at around 4:45 p.m. when police arrived. The 911 caller reported a woman tried to stab her before hanging up, they said. Hazel Bryant, who identified herself as the girl’s aunt, told Columbus Dispatch that she lived in a nearby nursing home. According to the mailing, Bryant said the teen got into an argument with someone else at the nursing home and that her niece had a knife but dropped it before she was shot multiple times by an officer. The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Nobody was injured, the newspaper reported. Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Woods posted a video with a police body camera from filming Tuesday in the Ohio capital and said officers answered an 911 call from someone who had reported a stabbing attempt. Police arriving home encountered several people on the lawn of a house where the female youth, seen with what appeared to be a wielding knife, stormed another woman who fell backwards, the video showed. A police officer opened fire on the youth when they collapsed against a car parked in the driveway. The video then shows a kitchen knife lying on the sidewalk near the teenager. The shooting, which occurred approximately 25 minutes before the judge’s verdict against Chauvin, cast a shadow over the celebrations across the country that followed the conclusion of the trial. A crowd of protesters gathered at the crime scene in Legion Lane, which police had partially closed to traffic Tuesday evening, while other protesters gathered at the city police station. “We are not allowed to celebrate,” said KC Traynor, one of the protesters who spoke to the dispatch. “In the end you know what, you can’t be black.” Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, said she knew the victim. “The neighborhood has definitely gone through its changes, but nothing like that,” Shepherd said of the shootout. “But that’s the worst thing that ever happened out here, and unfortunately it’s in the hands of the police.” Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, celebrated Chauvin’s guilty verdict. But things changed quickly, she said. “We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn’t even enjoy that, ”said Shepherd. “Because if you get a call that he was guilty, I’ll get the next call that it is in my neighborhood.” The shooting came as attorneys warned that while Chauvin’s verdict should be held accountable for holding the police accountable, it was not fair to George Floyd and that much more work needs to be done against systemic racism and police brutality . “As we collectively breathed a sigh of relief today, a Columbus community felt the stab of another police shot,” tweeted Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who represents Floyd’s family. “Another child lost! Another hashtag, ”he wrote. As we collectively breathed a sigh of relief today, a Columbus community felt the stab of another police shooting when @ColumbusPolice killed an unarmed 15-year-old black girl named Makiyah Bryant. Lost another child! Another hashtag. Justice # JusticeForMakiyahBryant https://t.co/9ssR5gfqm5 – Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 21, 2021 Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the shooting in a tweet, saying authorities were working to check the body camera Recordings of the incident. “This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” he said. “We don’t know all the details.” He urged silence while the investigation continued. At the press conference later on Tuesday, he said, “We know that the officer took action based on these footage to protect another young girl in our community.”
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