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Black 16-year-old girl shot and killed by police in Ohio, family says

Ma'Khia Bryant reportedly called the cops for help because girls were fighting outside her house.

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Officials are investigating a police-involved shooting in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday that’s left a Black 16-year-old girl dead.  

Ma’Khia Bryant was identified as the person shot and killed by police, family members told multiple outlets.  

Bryant reportedly called the cops for help because girls were fighting outside her house, according to 10 WBNS.  

According to Spectrum News, law enforcement received a call that someone was stabbed and that the person was allegedly holding a knife.  

“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening. “BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation— 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.”  

The incident happened shortly after the Derek Chauvin trial, which saw the former cop guilty for murdering George Floyd.  

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“She was a good kid. She was loving,” Hazel Bryant, who said the child was her niece, told reporters, according to The Daily Beast. “She was 15 years old. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street.” 

The teen’s mother Paula Bryant, spoke to 10TV’s Lacey Crisp this evening. She told the reporter her daughter had a “motherly nature” and “promoted peace.”

Protestors took to the street in Southeast Columbus, calling for justice.  

 

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story spelled the victim’s name Makiah and reported her age as 15.