When Will It End? A 16-year-old Black Teen Shot Minutes Before The George Floyd Verdict Is Read

Another day in Black America.

Yesterday (April 20) a Columbus, Ohio police officer shot and killed a Black teenager.

The teen has been identified by her mother and Franklin County Children Services as 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. FCCS also confirmed that she was a foster child in its care.

“We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said at the news conference. “But a family is grieving tonight and this young 16-year-old girl will never be coming home.”

The shooting occurred just 30 minutes prior to the verdict for the George Floyd murder. Ma’Khia’s murder comes during a time where people are questioning the use of police force across the nation.

“As we breathed a collective sigh of relief today, a community in Columbus felt the sting of another police shooting,” said Floyd family attorney Ben Crump in a tweet.

 

According to Columbus Interim Police Chief Michael Woods, the police received a call at 4:32 pm on Tuesday (April 20) indicating that “females were there trying to stab them and put their hands on them.”

 

A video shows a teen quickly move toward another girl with what appears to be a knife, and the girl falls to the ground. The officer yells, “Hey, hey, hey, hey. Get down!” before she appears to lunge at a second girl with the knife.
The officer is then heard yelling “Get down! Get down! Get down! Get down!” and then fires four shots, killing the teen.
Bryant’s mother wants her daughter to be remembered for her motherly spirit.
“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. That is something that I want to always be remembered,” said Paula Bryant in an interview with WBNS.
At this time, police have not confirmed whether the two other individuals involved were injured.
The officer has been removed from active duty and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) investigation has opened an investigation in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. From there, the investigation will go to the Franklin County Grand Jury and then back to the police department for an internal review, per Woods.

 

 

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