COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager seen on video charging at two people with a knife, came within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd’s killing — causing outrage by some over the continued use of lethal force by Columbus police.

Officials with the Columbus Division of Police released footage of the shooting Tuesday night just hours after it happened, a departure from protocol as the force faces immense scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes.

The girl was identified by Franklin County Children Services, which said in a release that the 16-year-old Bryant was under the care of the agency at the time of her death.

The 10-second clip begins with the officer getting out of his car at a house where police had been dispatched after someone called 911 saying they were being physically threatened, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference. The officer takes a few steps toward a group of people in the driveway when Bryant starts swinging a knife wildly at another girl or woman, who falls backward. The officer shouts several times to get down.

Bryant then charges at another girl or woman, who is pinned against a car.

From a few feet away, with people on either side of him, the officer fires four shots, and Bryant slumps to the ground. A black-handled blade similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife lies on the sidewalk next to her.

A man immediately yells at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot her! She’s just a kid, man!”

The officer responds, “She had a knife. She just went at her.”

The race of the officer wasn't clear and he was taken off patrolling the streets for the time being.

Bryant was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. It remains unclear if anyone else was injured.

Woods said state law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance. Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now reviewing the killing following an agreement with the city last summer for all police shootings to be handled by the independent investigators under Attorney General Dave Yost's office.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther mourned the loss of the young victim but defended the officer’s use of deadly force.

“We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” he told reporters.

The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd. It also took place less than 5 miles from where the funeral for Andre Hill, who was killed by another Columbus police officer in December, was held earlier this year. The officer in Hill's case, Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, is now facing trial for murder, with the next hearing scheduled for April 28.

Less than three weeks before Hill was killed, a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. in Columbus. The case remains under federal investigation.

Last week, Columbus police shot and killed a man who was in a hospital emergency room with a gun on him. Officials are continuing an investigation into that shooting.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the shooting “tragic” and said President Joe Biden has been briefed on it.

“She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family and the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss," Pskai said in a statement.

Pskai said the White House's focus is “to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on" by passing legislation on “much-needed" police reforms.

“So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on and, of course, to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place at police departments around the country.”

Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood where Tuesday's shooting took place for 17 years, said she knew the teenage victim.

“The neighborhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this,” Shepherd said of the shooting. “This is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police.”

Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. But things changed quickly, she said.

“We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn’t even enjoy that," Shepherd said. “Because as you’re getting one phone call that he was guilty, I’m getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighborhood.”

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Farnoush Amiri is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

(57) comments

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bosco

Just following your rules, Fido. Remember? " log on to the FNP Opinion Forum EVERY day between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and make as many Hateful and Obnoxious comments as you possibly can during that time. That it my new RULE, now do it!!!!! No exceptions!!!!"

You do follow your own rules, don't you?

[wink][lol][wink][lol]

phydeaux994

From 7:55 a.m. to 6:25 p.m. leadin’ the good life. 🦧🐑🐑😂🤣

phydeaux994

24 out of 47 comments by Beavis and Butthead.

C.D.Reid

Still keeping track of people's comments, I see, huh fido? That's a good little archivist. Has anyone exceeded the allotment you feel they should have? After all, there is a limit, isn't there? [lol][lol][lol]

bosco

Black on Black crime, Fido. Neighborhood doesn't look like it's a racial jungle that Biden warned against. Looks like there is something "systemic" in play here. Feel like playing your race card?

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bosco

Great. I see you are already following your own rule.[lol][lol][lol][lol]

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C.D.Reid

Gee fido, I luv it when you get pi$$ed, it’s so cute! [lol][lol][lol]

jth7100

Don't be daft Greg! I used that specific term as a comment on CD. I mean jungle? Really, he loves commenting on black people obliquely and then pretending to be offended.

jth7100

CD is racist over time, posting BLM after any crime involved a black perp. Coward when called out on it. Typical. [lol] Jungle? What did that mean surveyor?

jth7100

I also could not use the actual word I suspect would be said. Get it now?

jth7100

Greg F, you are truly stupid! I used the term as a reference to a previous comment. It is not a term that I ever use. It was used to exemplify the level of that comment. And keeping looking for upbeat news.

Awteam2021

I feel sorry for the child and her family’s loss. I feel sorry for the officer and what he must be going through, after killing a child. I don’t think the officer started out that day wanting to kill a child, let alone anyone else. But it happened. The question should be can that be avoided through policing reform.

I’m not obliged to believe the current processes, practices, protocols and embedded bias in policing are the best practices.

And, I can’t help to question, if that was a white child would there have been the same outcome. Don’t know? Or would the other child be dead? Don’t know? But it most certainly causes distrust in policing in the minority community. Especially after we saw the murder of George Floyd while handcuffed, behind his back, in the prone position being suffocated. All televised across the world by a cop who many still argue he did nothing wrong. I’m not inclined to blame the officer for the shooting but the practices of policing, social beliefs and the violent nature of our culture is clearly in question 🙋‍♂️. And yes, police should be held accountable when they are authorized to judge whether to take someone’s life, granted by the citizenry.

C.D.Reid

"I’m not obliged to believe the current processes, practices, protocols and embedded bias in policing are the best practices."

Then what would you suggest to be the best processes, practices, and protocols for policing practices?

Oh, that's right, I forgot you don't like being put on the spot with questions like that so you don't answer them. My apologies, Aw.

jloo

Something tells me the girl in pink is very very thankful the police officer discharged his weapon. A very strong likelihood she would be dead or very seriously injured had he not reacted so quickly. While the debate for police reform rages, this is not the case that requires any reform.

jth7100

CD means decent middle class upscale = white and inner city jungle = colored. Greg F asked earlier.

Greg F

Jethro...we all know what CD means...and it was meant as a racist remark. And most people don't use "colored" any more either. You can put your hood away any time now.

bosco

Would that be the "racial jungle" that Hidin' Biden didn't want his kids to go to school in, back when he was trying to be the guy tough on crime?

C.D.Reid

Yeah bosco, I believe that would be the one:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-racial-jungle-quote/

I love how these people can't refute the facts in my initial comment, or the facts shown in the full video of the shooting of the attacking girl, so they attack me for using a "racist" term for inner cities that a black man used for his book. I guess their empty heads are spinning around like Regan's did in "The Exorcist." [lol][lol]

gjthuro

Well said and I wonder how the lefties in the group would feel if it was them being attacked by a knife wailing individual and there was NO law enforcement to save them

Awteam2021

Yeah, postman.

C.D.Reid

gjthuro, I believe any lefties who would be attacked would just ask the attacker to hold on a few minutes until a counselor got there. They don't need cops, remember?

bosco

Defund the police and let them kill each other like in South Chicago. The media and politicians don't care about those deaths and the police can concentrate on important issues like speeding and parking enforcement. (Sarcasm Alert)

Awteam2021

Bosco, or do you prefer ‘Newman’, ‘Cliff Clavin’ or simply ‘former postal worker’’? Do you advocate for the "racial jungle" that Hidin' Biden didn't want his kids to go to school in, back when he was trying to be the guy tough on crime?

C.D.Reid

"Bosco, or do you prefer ‘Newman’, ‘Cliff Clavin’ or simply ‘former postal worker’’?

Ya know, Aw, I never thought you would lower yourself to fido's level. I'm sorry to see that I'm wrong. Sorry, but not surprised. It's one thing to admit that you harass someone, as you did recently, but to keep it up for some secret, twisted, personal reason afterwards shows a complete lack of character. I'm sure your mama is very proud of you. Has she told you lately?

bosco

Did "0 for 2" say something?

C.D.Reid

Nah, nothing worthy.

bosco

OK. Let me know if that changes. Time for a wee dram and watch the sunset from the veranda at Bosco Manor.

C.D.Reid

And my reply to Groggy below applies to you, too, jth. By the way, use of the word "colored" for black people is extremely RACIST, you know. (And don't try to throw that back on me. You used it, I didn't. [lol])

Awteam2021

I thought colored applied to ‘people of color? What does the KKK Thurmont Dictionary say? Btw, have you hooked up with the Grand-Master of the Klan in Wolfsville recently?a Have you guys recently reminisced about the good all days?

https://www.thecatoctinbanner.com/tag/maryland-invisible-empire-of-the-knights-of-the-ku-klux-klan-kkk/

C.D.Reid

I don't know, Aw, what does the "KKK Thurmont Dictionary" say? I wasn't aware there was one, but you seem to know all about it. Why is that? And the best part about reminiscing about the good old days is thinking about the times when the likes of you didn't exist around here. Yep, dem's waz da gud 'ole daze. [thumbup][lol][lol]

jth7100

Well, if police hadn't killed George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Philando Castile ,Laquan McDonald, etc. on camera without reason , then when lethal force is justified, it could be easier to accept.

sevenstones1000

Exactly, jth.

this is why good cops need to be in the front line of getting rid of bad cops.

Greg F

This is one case....and it does not fit any pattern other than person stabbing others and continues on stabbing others even though cops arrived. Immanent danger to life where fast action is necessary. Others you mentioned? Tell me how George Floyd was a danger once he was unconscious...your view.

JerryR

It's pretty simple, really, had the people you list led smarter lives, and made better choices, they would all still be alive. One reaps, what one sows. It's amazing how many people don't get that simple fact.

C.D.Reid

I couldn't agree more, Jerry. It is extremely simple, yet there are they who are so blind to facts that they let their mob mentality loose instead of facing those facts and acknowledging the truth. As the old saying goes, "It's a jungle out there."

gjthuro

spot-on

Awteam2021

Jerry, Is that applicable to Derek Chauvin?

C.D.Reid

On a real Troll Roll today, aren't you, Aw? [lol][lol][lol]

bosco

Did "0 for 2" say something?

Waltsun

As to the officer, it was a damned if you do, damed if you don’t moment. To me there is no relationship with this incident to other killings by police that were unnecessary and unjustified. How would the black protesters feel fit was their kid that was being threatened? Seems like this person should not have been in a group home, but rather in a more regulated environment.

C.D.Reid

The "ten second clip?" That barely touches on the incident. Colunbus authorities had a press conference which lasted for almost 45 minutes, and where they showed the body cam footage from the officer who did the shooting ("The race of the officer wasn't clear?" A blind man could see that he's European American,) and also footage from an attending officer. They showed both films at normal speed, then followed both at slow speed, where it's quite easy to see the savage, barbaric, uncivilized actions of the ones involved. And not just the 16 year old "kid" viciously attacking others with a knife, but also the man seen repeatedly kicking a woman, who is down on the ground, in her body and head. Also seen is the fact that this appears to be a decent, middle class, upscale neighborhood where these people live, and not an inner city jungle where one would expect this kind of behavior. How could that be? For your viewing pleasure, though you'll have to sign in to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6s7HtK9aV8

Greg F

Jungle?

sevenstones1000

No. Columbus, Ohio.

keep your racist remarks to yourself.

gjthuro

tell it to Joe

C.D.Reid

Yes, "jungle," Groggy. Do you live such a sheltered life that you're going to say you've never heard that term used for inner cities before? Don't like it? Tell Moe Love, he's the black guy whom I first knew used it.

https://www.amazon.com/Inner-City-Concrete-Jungle-Trying/dp/1532039107

micky

This incident just adds to the stack of "dirty laundry" for the media. Just a teenage squabble, with a knife, I think not !

C.D.Reid

I got a kick out of "“She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family and the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss," Pskai said in a statement." I guess if the cops hadn't showed up, and the "child" had killed the other girl, Psaki could have just said the exact, same thing.

And as far as Psaki's comment "the White House's focus is “to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on," when asked about Beijing Joe's promotion of systemic racism in the '80s and '90s, she, once again, had to sidestep an honest, direct answer with her usual deflection. (I wonder if she's getting tired of having to do that?)

https://www.foxnews.com/media/jen-psaki-biden-systemic-racism

bosco

Quid Pro Joe flip flops, Psaki walks back and circles back, and President Harris just stands back when she's supposed to be in charge of the border crisis. It's a small wonder they blow whichever way the wind is blowing today.

C.D.Reid

What gets me is that the leftist Trump Haters claimed that he told "x" number of lies over the years and, if he told one 1000 times, they credited him with 1000 lies. Not 1 lie told 1000 times. When are they going to start keeping track of all the lies that Wheezy the Sleazy Draft Dodger tells?

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/549362-biden-and-trump-both-have-trouble-with-the-truth-and-so-do-the-media

Awteam2021

CD, have you and Newman scheduled a date?

bosco

Did "0 for 2" say something CD?

C.D.Reid

Nah, nothing worthy.

oldladysarah

At this point may be he should have left them alone and let It play out. it would not be news and he would be able to help others. There would likely still be a deceased teenage girl but not reported by the news.

Greg F

Yeah.....so this is no George Floyd case...there was imminent danger and the perp continued to attack even with cops there. Sorry, Darwin won this time and justifiably so.

bosco

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

C.D.Reid

Tell that to the protesters.

bosco

They don't care, it's just an opportunity to do a little Burn, Loot, and Mayhem, combined with some discount shopping at the Dollar Store. Hidin' Biden is even trying to rebrand the "Summer of Love".

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