A teenage girl, who says police threatened two girls with a knife was shot by an officer in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before the jury found former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin Convicted a convict in a murder trial. The year of the murder of George Floyd.
The girl’s death made an immediate impact on public sentiment that justice was done in Mr. Floyd’s case and touched off protests in the Ohio capital.
At a news conference Tuesday night, the Columbus Division of Police Body camera footage released The official said officers responded to a 911 call about an attempt in the southeastern part of the city at about 4:45 p.m.
Officials said the video showed the teenager tattooing on two other women with knives as the officer came to the driveway of a residence. The officer then fired multiple times – four shots in the video can be heard in the girl. He fell to the ground next to a car, which was parked in the driveway, where body camera footage showed a knife on the ground.
The girl who died was identified as 16-year-old Makia Bryant, Franklin County Children’s Services spokeswoman, who said in an email Tuesday night that Makhia was in foster care.
During the news conference, Columbus City Public Safety Director Ned Pettus Jr. said, “No matter what the circumstances are, that family is suffering and they are in my prayers.” “They deserve answers. Our city wants answers. I want answers, but fast, quick answers cannot come at the expense of accurate answers.”
The officer’s name, which officials said was removed from the road during the investigation into the shooting, was not released. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent investigation, which local officials said is the norm whenever an officer shoots someone.
Earlier on Twitter on Tuesday night, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther urged residents to maintain peace in order for protesters to land on the scene.
“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” Mr. Ginther said. “We don’t know all the details. There is camera footage of the body wearing the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. “
A woman interviewed Columbus dispatch The identity of the victim, who was black, was his niece. A woman named Hazel Bryant told the newspaper that her niece lived in the house and had a dispute with someone else in the house.
Raishawan Whiting said in an interview on Tuesday night that he was just a short distance away from his brother’s house from where the shooting took place to see Chauhan’s decision after hearing the incident of shooting Golu. When they saw on social media what was going on, they walked down the street to join the throne of the protesters, who reached between 150 and 200 people at their peak.
“I have got daughters,” he said. “And I’m tired of it. I feel like a polar bear with melting ice. We have nowhere to go. If we protect ourselves, we go to jail. If we don’t, we die. “
Chris Roberts said in an interview that he was in his backyard with his twin daughters when he heard gunshots from a few yards away. They said they ran into the house and called 911. Since the shooting, he said, his daughters did not want to be alone.
“How do I teach my daughters when you call for help, and hope you get help, you might be on another side of the gun?” he said.
Local news media reported that a crowd of protesters gathered outside the city’s police building.
The teenager’s death garnered widespread attention, including Ben Crump, Floyd family lawyer, amid police’s accountability and continued reaction to systemic racism.
“As we collectively breathed a sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting” Mr. Crump said. “One more child lost! Another hashtag. “
Earlier Tuesday night, when members of Columbus city council were discussing the need for a civilian review board for police accountability, Shannon Hardin, president of the council, Addressed shooting.
“As we looked at the Minneapolis decision, many people breathed a sigh of relief, but one truth is that there is no relief for so many people in our community,” Mr. Hardin said. “It is not right. It is not right, and it cannot continue.”
Interim Police Chief Michael Woods of Columbus said at a news conference later Tuesday night that it was unprecedented in the city to release body camera footage so soon after an shooting by an officer.
“We wanted that as soon as possible,” he said.
In early December, ever since Columbus is under stress from police firing Casey Goodson Jr. 23, was assigned by a Franklin County Sheriff deputy to a fugitive task force at the entrance to his home.
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after 2 weeks, Andre Hill, 47, was shot four times by a Columbus police officer who was responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived to investigate, they encountered Mr. Hill and one of the officers, Adam Coe, a 19-year-old veteran, opened fire within seconds. Mr. Coy was fired after the shooting. felony charges If.
Lucia Wallinakas and Lew Service contributed reporting, and Jack Baig contributed research.