Another police officer involved in a shooting has come under the microscope after an Ohio police officer shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday. Even though body camera footage, released just hours after the fatal shooting, shows the teen attacking two other people with what appears to be a knife in east Columbus.
Police officers responded to the scene around 4:30 p.m. on a report of someone attempting to stab others at a home.
As soon as the police responded to the scene, a young female can be seen barreling past a man in a hoodie and tackling a young female to the ground with what appeared to be a knife in her hand. Then she attacks a female in a pink shirt while the officer draws his gun and yells the command “Stand down.” The attacker raised the knife in the air, at which point the officer fired four shots, fatally wounding the teen.
Here is the video below of the body footage of the officer:
The body camera footage released to the press showed that the woman was attacking two people with a knife. Columbus Police Department interim chief Michael Woods said during a press conference that the department wanted to release the officer's point of view of the incident as soon as possible for complete transparency.
"We took some unprecedented steps tonight," Woods said. "We've never been able to release video this fast, but 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."
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said that the whole situation is a tragedy.
"It’s a tragic day in the city of Columbus. It's a horrible, heartbreaking situation," Ginther said Tuesday night. "The city of Columbus lost a 15-year-old girl today. We know based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young 15-year-old girl will never be coming home."
The family identified the 15-year-old girl as Ma’Khia Bryant. She was a foster child under her aunt’s care, Hazel Bryant. Her aunt commented to local news stations that the “police just rolled up and shot her niece four times.” While her mother described her daughter as "an honor roll student and a sweet child.”
The girl's mother told @10TV her daughter's name was Ma’Khia Bryant. Her aunt told us she was 15, but her mom says she was 16. She told @LaceyCrisp Ma'Khia was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Police shot and killed her on Legion Lane at 4:30 p.m. today. pic.twitter.com/qL4zh6uFyG
— Angela Reighard (@AngelaReighard) April 21, 2021
But the footage of the scene showed just how deadly even a “sweet child” can become when she chose to grab a knife and attempt to assault someone.
Black Lives Matter Activists still gathered at the Columbus Police headquarters Tuesday night, pushing past the police barriers as chants of "Black women matter," "Black girls matter," and "Say her name!" rang out from the crowd.
Even when the police are saving another person’s life they still didn’t do it right all because of the victim's racial profile. The officer saved a young woman's life that evening and should be praised as a hero. Not be scared of his life, his family's life, or their future.