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Ma’Khia Bryant shooting: Officer identified, community divided over response

Shortly after the shooting, police released body-camera footage in an effort to be transparent, according to Mayor Andrew Ginther

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A vigil has been set up in Columbus, Ohio where 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was shot and killed by police.

The officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was identified and the community remains divided over the response from the Columbus Police Department. 

Officer Nicholas Reardon, who joined the department in 2019, was the first officer on the scene after several people, including Bryant, called 9-1-1 for reports of a fight. 

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The shooting happened just after Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Tuesday. 

Shortly after the shooting, police released body-camera footage in an effort to be transparent, according to Mayor Andrew Ginther. 

Police and local officials held a press conference on Wednesday to update the community. 

Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus said, “A teenage girl is dead and she is dead at the hands of a police officer. Under any circumstances, that is a horrendous tragedy.” 

The state is now investigating the shooting and Ginther said Reardon will be held accountable if he was wrong or violated policy. 

Activists and members of the community are divided on the officer’s response. 

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Bryant’s family and friends held a vigil to honor her and protesters took to the streets in a peaceful demonstration.

While some say the shooting was justified because Bryant was holding a knife, others have compared the shooting to the police’s response with Kyle Rittenhouse. 

Tezlyn Figaro, host of the Straight Shot, No Chaser Podcast, joined Making the Case with Yodit to discuss the shooting.

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