Columbus Police Officer Shoots and Kills 15-Year-Old Girl who CALLED THEM Because She was Jumped!
As the entire country was taking a sigh of relief after the Derek Chauvin conviction, Ohio was in turmoil once again. A Columbus, Ohio police officer called to diffuse a fight between teen girls shot and killed the one who called for help. 15-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant made a call for help that resulted in her death in front of multiple witnesses.
Listen to the 9-1-1 call:
Here's what we know:
Columbus Police said at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 3171 Legion Lane. The caller said females were there to stab them and put their hands on them, according to police.
Columbus Police said dispatchers were unable to get information about weapons at the scene.
Officers arrived at the scene at 4:44 p.m.
Body-camera video from a responding officer shows Bryant appearing to try to stab two females when the officer fired, striking her.
Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said officers immediately began life-saving measures and medics were called immediately.
Bryant was taken to Mt. Carmel East in critical condition but was pronounced just before 5:30 p.m.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said it is a tragic day for the city. He said the officer took action to protect another young girl.
It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus. A horrible, heartbreaking situation. I'm not just the mayor, I'm a father. The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight and this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home.
Bryant was transported to an area hospital after the shooting where she was later pronounced dead. A woman at the scene, who identified herself as Bryant's aunt, says that Bryant was a "good kid" and described her as "loving". Witnesses in the area say that the officer who shot Bryant never tried to unarm her or diffuse the situation and, from the looks of the video, they may be right.
The city of Columbus is still seeking justice for Casey Goodson Jr. who was shot and killed by Columbus police in December of last year.
No matter what the outcome of this case, Black people in America are tired of being on edge. As you would expect, protestors camped outside the Columbus Police headquarters demanding justice, yet again, for another person killed by police.
We are tired.