The Columbus, Ohio area isn’t a stranger to recent police protests. Recently the death of Miles Jackson at Mount Carmel sparked backlash from activists in the area.
Tonight a new situation is developing a mere hours after the Chauvin verdict was announced over the death of George Floyd.
According to The Columbus Dispatch it was at 4:35 PM EST when 911 received a call about an “attempted stabbing.” The caller said a female was trying to stab them before hanging up the line. Officers respond to the scene and it was roughly ten minutes later at 4:45 PM when an officer-involved shooting was then reported.
According to The Daily Beast the 15-year-old's name is Makiyah Bryant.
Paramedics showed up, Makiyah Bryant is transported to hospital, and by 5:21 PM she was pronounced dead at Mount Carmel East hospital.
A video from Jamilah Muhammad of Spectrum News Ohio captured a reaction from a protester that showed up. Malissa Thomas-St. Clair described how just hours earlier she was cheering about the guilty verdict brought in the Derek Chauvin case, only to have it be “brought down in the blink of an eye” with this newest officer involved shooting.
A graphic video (viewer discretion advised) shared by a Black Lives Matter activist account (reported ripped from a Tay Jones off of Facebook?) shows the body of the 15-year-old in the street. The account had this to say when sharing: “A 15 year old girl JUST got shot 4 times in Columbus Ohio by this police officer. It hasn’t even been a full 24 hrs & y’all already continuing with this shit he needs to be next!!”
The activist denies that the 15-year-old stabbed the cop. "She was in a physical fight with another female & pulled a knife out. The cop started shooting once he pulled up & got out the car!"
Local reporter Alexis Moberger of WSYX took another video. A woman claiming to be the aunt of the victim, Hazel Bryant, made a speech to the gathering crowd.
“You ain’t gonna have my niece go out like that. You ain’t gonna have her go out like that. Either you report the truth, or don’t report nothing. Ok? SHE WAS A GOOD KID. She was loving. YEAH she had issues. But that’s ok! All of us go through shit. You know what? She was fifteen motherfucking years old. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog on the street. Ok?”