16-Year-Old Black Girl Who Called For Help, Fatally Shot By Police, Ohio Family Says
Added 04-20-21 11:07:01pm EST - “Ma'Khia Bryant felt she was in danger and called the Columbus police, according to her aunt. But when officers arrived at her home on Tuesday afternoon, the girl ended up dead.” - Npr.org
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A crowd gathers to protest in the neighborhood where a police officer fatally shot a teenage girl on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption
A crowd gathers to protest in the neighborhood where a police officer fatally shot a teenage girl on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
A 16-year-old Black girl was fatally shot by a white officer outside of her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon, according to her family.
Bryant allegedly called officers at about 4:30 p.m. local time when a group of "older kids" threatened her with assault, her aunt told Ohio Statehouse News Bureau Reporter Andy Chow. She did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.
The fatal shooting occurred just as the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who killed George Floyd was coming down and quickly drew at least a dozen Black Lives Matter protesters to the scene, WBNS News reported. The outlet said the demonstrators were on their way to rally in downtown Columbus to celebrate the guilty verdict in the Minneapolis trial where the former officer in that case was found guilty on three charges, including murder.
The girl's mother told @10TV her daughter's name was Ma’Khia Bryant. Her aunt told us she was 15, but her mom says she was 16. She told @LaceyCrisp Ma'Khia was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Police shot and killed her on Legion Lane at 4:30 p.m. today. pic.twitter.com/qL4zh6uFyG— Angela Reighard (@AngelaReighard) April 21, 2021
This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation . . .— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 20, 2021
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