Ohio police fatally shot a black teenager

Ohio police fatally shot a black teenager
Crowds react as investigators work at the scene where 15-year-old Makiyah Bryant was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse

A fifteen years old black teenager girl was shot and killed by Columbus, Ohio police on Tuesday afternoon. Munia Iffat reports.

 She was shot after attempting to cut two females with a knife, according to the officials and body camera footage shown to the camera. It was just moments before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

After releasing police body-cameras of that shooting that occurred in Columbus, the interim Columbus police chief, Michael Woods, said officers were answering an emergency-911 call from someone who reported an attempted stabbing. Police arriving at the home encountered several people on the front lawn of a house where the female youth, seen brandishing what appeared to be knife, was charging toward another female who fell backward, the video showed. 

The girl was identified by local media as Makiyah Bryant. Hazel Bryant, who identified herself as the girl’s aunt, told the Columbus dispatch that she lived in a nearby foster home. According to the Dispatch, Bryant said the teen got into a dispute with someone else at the foster home and that her niece had a knife but dropped it before being shot multiple times by an officer.

The shooting took place almost 25 minutes before the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Chauvin, cast a shadow over the celebrations across the country that followed the trial’s conclusion. A crowd of protesters gathered Tuesday night at the scene on Legion Lane, which police had partially blocked off to traffic, while other demonstrators rallied at the city’s police headquarters.