OH police kill black teen girl who appeared in video brandishing knife

Police shooting in Columbus Ohio involving teen girl

The family of a 15-year-old girl says the teenager was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer Tuesday afternoon.

"It's a tragic day in the city of Columbus". The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces enormous scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes.

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Video taken at the scene shortly after the shooting shows two police officers kneeling over the girl, who is lying near a auto at the end of a driveway. The officer shouts several times to get down.

With the girl now on the floor, the woman in pink quickly leaves the scene.

The officer who opened fire was not identified but appears from the video to be white. A black-handled blade similar to a kitchen knife or steak knife lies on the sidewalk next to her. The officer yells, "Hey, hey, hey, hey".

"She was a good kid".

The race of the officer wasn't clear.

The wounded person was transported in critical condition to Mount Carmel East hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m., police said. Nobody else was injured, the newspaper reported. "I'm so thankful that someone from the family was actually on the scene", Bryant said.

As theGrio's Ny Magee reported yesterday, the teen's mother, Paula Bryant, confirmed her identity with local news reporter Lacey Crisp.

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The shooting happened minutes before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd was announced.

Police showed bodycam footage at a news conference of an officer shooting the girl as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.

Police Chief Woods added that the officer in question has been taken off the streets by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) while an investigation takes place.

"As we watched the verdict from Minneapolis many talked about the sigh of relief - but there is a truth that for so many in our community there is no relief", said Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin at a Tuesday meeting related to new civilian review board for police.

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther said: "We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community".

Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside.

The demonstration appeared from media coverage to be peaceful, with protesters repeatedly chanting the girl's name.

The shooting in a neighbourhood on the city's south-east side happened to coincide with announcement of the guilty verdict by a Minneapolis jury against a former police officer charged with murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during an arrest past year.

The Columbus Division of Police has yet to identify the involved officers.

"The death of a 15-year-old child is devastating". The case remains under federal investigation.

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