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Police in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday fatally shot a Black teenage girl they confronted as she lunged at two people with a knife, as seen in police video footage of the encounter, authorities said. Authorities described the teenager who was fatally shot as a year-old girl.
But family members have identified her as Ma'Khia Bryant, aged The officer who opened fire was not identified but appears from the video to be white. The interim Columbus police chief, Michael Woods, said the officer "would be taken off the street" pending an investigation. Releasing police body-camera video of Tuesday's shooting hours later, Woods said officers involved were responding to an emergency call from someone who reported an attempted stabbing at a home on the city's southeast side.
Arriving police encountered a chaotic scene of several people on the front lawn where Bryant, brandishing a knife, charged toward one person who falls backwards, then lunged at a second person, the video showed. A slow-motion replay of the video shows the second person stumbling backward against a car parked in the driveway as Bryant raises the weapon as if about to stab her, and an officer opens fire.
Bryant immediately collapses against the parked car and on to the ground, and the weapon, which appears to be a kitchen knife, is seen lying on the pavement near her as an officer crouches at her side to render medical aid. The police chief said the video, which he said shows Bryant trying to stab the two other people, was released to the public within hours of the incident in the interest of "transparency.
Around the time the video was made public, live television news coverage showed a growing crowd of protesters on city streets after dark, confronting a small line of police officers on bicycles. The demonstration appeared from media coverage to be peaceful, with protesters repeatedly chanting the teenager's name.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that demonstrators had gathered near the scene of the shooting earlier in the day. The city's public safety director, Ned Pettus, Jr. If an officer has violated policy or the law, if they have, they will be held able.
Mayor Andrew Ginther said it appeared from an initial review of the footage that the officer who opened fire "took action to protect another young girl in our community.
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