RT/Moscow: Around the time a Minnesota jury declared an ex-cop guilty for last year’s death of George Floyd, a 15-year-old black girl was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio, sparking another Black Lives Matter protest.
WARNING: Video contains strong language. A woman near Legion Lane says her niece was killed earlier tonight after an officer involved shooting. Police still haven’t confirmed victim pic.twitter.com/wpx9Wowtwl— Alexis Moberger (@alexiswsyx6) April 20, 2021
More people asking police “were they wearing body cameras?” This as police are investigating an officer involved shooting on Legion Lane. One person died around 5:20 pm pic.twitter.com/ri7lNGfHup— Alexis Moberger (@alexiswsyx6) April 20, 2021
Columbus PD officers responding to a 911 call about an “attempted stabbing” around 4:45 pm Eastern time on Tuesday. The caller said a female was trying to stab them, and hung up, police said, according to local media. One person was wounded in an “officer-involved shooting” and transported to hospital in critical condition, where she died at 5:21, police said.
WARNING: Video contains strong language. People now upset after a deadly officer involved shooting, right as the George Floyd verdict was announced. pic.twitter.com/FJZ98Uk2ki— Alexis Moberger (@alexiswsyx6) April 20, 2021
“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted, urging residents to “remain calm” and allow the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to “gather the facts.”
— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings. We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available. I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.— Mayor Andrew Ginther (@MayorGinther) April 20, 2021
A 15 year old is a CHILD, not a young woman.— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) April 21, 2021
She didn't 'lose' her life, she was shot 4 times.
Ginther’s calls apparently fell on deaf ears, as protesters began gathering at the site of the incident in eastern Columbus.
Why do you need the police to confirm that an officer killed somebody to report that they killed somebody when you're on the scene and other people saw it? Every time you use their "officer involved" language you're doing public relations. pic.twitter.com/CEJPeBcnAX— ben "goodzilla" flores (@limitlessjest) April 20, 2021
A family member identified the girl to reporters as Makiyah Bryant, 15. Hazel Bryant, who introduced herself as Makiyah’s aunt, said she was a “good kid” who “had issues.”
Bryant told the Columbus Dispatch that Makiyah lived in a foster home on Legion Lane and got into a fight with someone else. She said the girl had a knife, but dropped it before she was shot multiple times.
“She was 15 years old. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street,” Bryant said.