Social media has been filled with outrage following the death of a 16-year-old black girl who was shot and killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio.
Police said Makiah Bryant was shot after she attempted to stab a woman during a fight. They released the bodycam footage of the incident after much outcry from the community.
Makiah’s death was announced minutes before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd was announced.
Peaceful protesters who had gathered after that verdict to call for police reform and accountability quickly shifted their focus to the killing of the girl.
The crowd of about 100 could be heard chanting outside police headquarters as city officials offered their condolences to the family and acknowledged the rarity of showing bodycam footage so soon after a police shooting.
Makiah Bryant – Here Are Things That Happened!
How She Was Shot
The Columbus Police during an evening press conference Tuesday night released body camera footage showing the moment an officer shot Makhia while she attempted to stab a woman.
According to Michael Woods, The Interim Chief of Police, the whole issue started at approximately 4:32 p.m. when 911 received a call about a group of women trying to stab the caller.
Graphic video. Footage of a Columbus Ohio cop gunning down a 15-year old-girl who called police for help. #ColumbusOhio A little over an hour after the #DerekChauvinTrial guilty trial verdicts we announced. #MikayahBryant Mikayah Bryant, 4 times in the chest, in the street. https://t.co/PVceNoLeLa
— Vegas Visions ™ (@VegasVisions) April 21, 2021
The video shows the officer arriving at the scene as a fight between the young women is taking place. Woods said a female with a knife attempts to stab one person who is on the ground, followed by a second who is pushed up against a vehicle. It is when the female goes to the second person against the car that the officer fires his weapon four times.
Her family member has confirmed of her death on the 10TV that she was the girl who was shot and killed and that she was the one who made the call to police for help.
Hazel Bryant a family member of Makiah on Wednesday had told the Dispatch that she is her aunt.
Hazel according to her report said she lived in a foster home near the scene of the shooting and got into an altercation with someone else at the home.
She says her niece had a knife but claims she dropped it before she was shot multiple times by an officer.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening, asking that residents “remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”
The Protest Outside Columbus
Since the shooting of Makiyah Bryant hundreds of protesters have gathered outside of the Columbus police headquarters, with many pushing past barriers set up to get closer to the building.
Blm Protests are in the streets of Columbus ,Ohio tonight.After 15 year old girl #MakiyahBryant was killed by Ohio police for allegedly having knife details are still emerging on story. pic.twitter.com/2y5fwdQcO5
— 444crew444 (@444crew444) April 21, 2021
They continued chanting “Bryant” name as they approached officers outside of the building, while a group of protesters were heard shouting: “She was just a kid,” according to the New York Post.
Although officers threatened to use pepper spray on the crowd, protesters appeared to stay calm throughout the demonstration, as social media footage showed a peaceful protest on Tuesday night.
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