A police officer fatally shot and killed a teenage girl, and now her mother wants answers...
Police opened fire on Tuesday afternoon, killing the young girl.
Ma’Khia Bryant, 16 years old lost her life today by police. 💔😔 pic.twitter.com/Qjy5K1Pms4— ⚜️Kentrella Shay⚜️ (@Trella_Ella) April 21, 2021
And now her mother has spoken out, demanding answers for the death of her daughter.
Officers arrived at the scene at 4:44 p.m., and bodycam footage shows the officer with a group of people...
Including multiple girls standing outside a house.
The video has left people speechless...
As the officer asked what was going on, a fight broke out with the girls...
Columbus police just showed the body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant at the press conference. A man can be heard yelling in the video "SHE'S A FUCKING KID!"— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 21, 2021
The cop who shot her will be taken off the street during the investigation pic.twitter.com/zrwG9RlN7W
During a news conference, interim police chief Michael Woods showed the footage slowed-down, in which the girl could be seen carrying a knife.
The officer yelled "get down, get down" before firing 4 shots...
Ma'Khia Bryant. 16 years old.— National Lawyers Guild (@NLGnews) April 21, 2021
No words, except: #AbolishThePolice
Just 10 seconds after getting out of his car.
People could be heard erupting in screams around her body...
15 Year-Old girl, Ma’Khia Bryant Fatally shot today by Columbus Division of Police !!!!— Duece Duece ✨ (@DueceDes) April 21, 2021
RIp baby girl 💕🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TfHXKfRo4u
"Is she shot?" one woman cried.
"She had a knife," the officer said.
"She's a f**king kid, man," a man replied.
The girl was sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant...
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Bryant lived in a foster home.
The girl's aunt, Hazel Bryant, told reporters that her niece got into a disagreement with another girl at the foster home.
We cannot have even a moment of justice before another Black life is taken by the police, this time a teen named Ma’khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio who had called them for help.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 21, 2021
Instead, they shot her four times. We must end police terror.#BlackLivesMatter
She later said the teen called the police, her father, and grandmother for help, and grabbed a knife to protect herself.
"She was a good kid. She was loving," Hazel Bryant said.
"Yeah, she had issues but that's OK. All of us go through sh*t... She didn't deserve to die like a dog in the street."
The video shared on social media shows Bryant lying lifeless on the street...
With police trying to perform first aid.
It has not been reported whether anyone else at the scene was injured.
// death— raine♡ (@BETTERR1VERSILL) April 21, 2021
i don't care on what you are doing, spread awareness if you can't donate. her name is Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16 year old who got shot 4-5 times for holding a weapon she was using to defend herself. called the police for protection but got shot. say her name.
Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now conducting an investigation into the events that took place.
Mayor Andrew Ginther on Tuesday told reporters, information will be released as quickly as possible.
He added that as a father, he was grieved by what happened.
"The city of Columbus lost a sixteen-year-old girl today. We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community," he said.
Three white officers say, "blue lives matter" to a group of black residents at the scene where police shot and killed a 15-year-old girl. pic.twitter.com/TGkejEiaho— scott keeler (@_WhatRiot) April 21, 2021
"But a family is grieving tonight. And this young, sixteen-year-old girl will never be coming home."
Protesters quickly gathered at the scene...
Just moments after #DerekChauvin was given a guilty verdict, protestors have gathered in SE Columbus after a police involved shooting took place involving a teen fatality. I’ll be bringing you more updates so stick with @SpectrumNews1OH. pic.twitter.com/EPmDurfWEP— Jamilah Muhammad - Spectrum News 1 OH (@jmuhammadtv) April 20, 2021
Many holding signs saying: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH."
"It is absolutely devastating that I am driving home from an appointment in elation, honking my horn in jubilation, filled with hope in thinking there's maybe a turn that the nation deserves, and then simultaneously all of those feelings of positivity brought down to devastation in the blink of an eye is devastating," Thomas-St. Clair said.
And now, understandably, Ma'Khia's mom wants answers...
I can’t stop crying as I think about Paula Bryant grieving the murder of her daughter Ma’Khia at the hands of the @ColumbusPolice she called seeking help. She did what y’all tell us to do. And she paid with her life. #NoJusticeNoPeace— Nancy Kirkpatrick (@nancyskirkpat) April 21, 2021
"I'm very upset, I'm hurt. I want answers," Paula Bryant said.
"My daughter dispatched Columbus police for protection — not to be a homicide today."
Paula Bryant tells me her 16 year-old daughter Ma’Khia Bryant was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Ma’Khia was shot and killed by a @ColumbusPolice on Legion Lane at 4:30p today. pic.twitter.com/0FfbQVEgSD— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021
She said her daughter had been staying in a foster home and Thursday was the last day she saw her.
"We hugged each other. She said, 'Mommy, I made honor roll.' She said, 'Mommy, I'm looking forward to coming home,'" Bryant said.
"Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. That is something that I want to always be remembered," she added.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.