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World Black teenager shot dead by US police in Ohio

10:25  21 april  2021
10:25  21 april  2021 Source:   afp.com

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A police officer in Ohio has shot dead a black teenage girl while responding to an attempted stabbing call. The shooting happened in the state capital Columbus at about 16:45 local time (20:45 GMT) on Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported. Columbus police later produced bodycam footage of the incident, showing several people attacking a person before the girl was shot several times. An inquiry is under way, with officials urging local residents to remain calm. "This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details," Columbus Mayor Andrew

By Josie Ensor, US Correspondent 21 April 2021 • 1:36am. The scene of the police shooting in Columbus, Ohio . A black teenage girl was shot dead by police on Tuesday just as a guilty verdict was returned in the case of the officer who killed George Floyd. Family of the teenager , named by local media as Makiah Bryant, 15, said she had police for help because girls were fighting outside her house on Legion Lane in Columbus, Ohio .

Police in the US state of Ohio fatally shot a Black teenager who appeared to be lunging at another person with a knife, less than an hour before former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

a close up of a street: The shooting in Ohio occurred at a tense time with growing outrage against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States © Johannes EISELE The shooting in Ohio occurred at a tense time with growing outrage against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States

The shooting occurred at a tense time with growing outrage against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States, and set off protests in the city of Columbus.

The city's police chief Michael Woods said officers were responding to a 911 emergency call about a disturbance Tuesday afternoon from someone who feared being stabbed, around 4:30 pm local time (2030 GMT).

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Protesters and police at the site of a fatal shooting by an officer in Columbus, Ohio , April 20, 2021. Around the time a Minnesota jury declared an ex-cop guilty for last year’s death of George Floyd, a 16-year-old black girl was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio , sparking another Black Lives Matter protest.

Police in Columbus, Ohio , fatally shot a 15-year-old girl on Tuesday afternoon, just moments before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. The girl was identified by local media as Makiyah Bryant. Officers were responding to an attempted stabbing call and, when police 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 girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead . Nobody else was injured, the newspaper reported.

Police also released a portion of the footage from the body camera worn by the officer who shot the teenager. Franklin County Child Services identified her as Ma'Khia Bryant, 16.

"We thought it was important to share with the community, to be transparent about this incident, to let them have some answers that we can provide tonight," said Woods.

The video showed officers arriving at the scene during a scuffle, with a small crowd of onlookers. One teenage girl is seen lunging at another with what appears to be a knife, when shots are heard and the girl collapses on the ground.

The officer is later seen tossing a knife away from the girl.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the girl's death was a "horrible, heartbreaking situation."

He called it a "tragic day in the city of Columbus," and asked his city to pray for the teenager's family.

Ginther said the officer in the video, whose name has not been released, "took action to protect another young girl in our community."

The teenager's mother Paula Bryant told the local CBS station: "She was a very loving, peaceful little girl.

"She promoted peace. And that's something I want to always be remembered."

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