Columbus police show video of officer fatally shooting girl


The decision to swiftly release the video was a departure from protocol as the force faces huge scrutiny from the public following a series of recent high-profile police killings that have led to clashes. The revised story included a line noting that police couldn't say whether Bryant had been the one to call for help, though each version led with the family's claim that Bryant had been the one to make the call.

The officer tells her to "Get Down!"

The video also shows how the suspect then turned toward a second female victim.

Regardless, the police brought a gun to a knife fight, and rather than de-escalating the situation, firing a warning shot, or using any sort of non-lethal force, this teenager was shot four times.

A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she was shot and fell. While others signified the victim's age by yelling, "she was just a kid".

The officer responds, "She had a knife".

The race of the officer wasn't clear. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition and declared dead soon after. It remains unclear if anyone else was injured.

The teen was not identified by police as they reach out to notify relatives.

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"She promoted peace and that's something I want to always be remembered", her mother said.

No further details were gathered from the caller who hung up the phone, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

CBS reported that police released bodycam video of the fatal shooting, with interim police chief Michael Woods saying at a press conference that it is unusual to have video released so quickly but "we understand the public's need, desire and expectation to have transparency". The investigation then goes to the Franklin County Grand Jury and then back to the police department for an internal review, Woods said.

'But if those things are not present, and there's an active assault going on in which someone could lose their life, the officer can use their firearm to protect that third person, ' he added.

In a press conference, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said the "officers took action to protect another young girl".

Bryant was shot just before a jury in Minneapolis convicted former officer Derek Chauvin of murder in the killing of George Floyd, whose death past year ignited a nationwide racial justice movement. The rush to conflate Floyd's death with all other police shootings sensationalized in legacy media, however, has erased all nuance in what are often chaotic scenes, such as an officer forced to make a snap decision to save the life of another teen. The officer in Hill's case, Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, has been charged with murder.

K.C. Taynor, a community activist, noted that just months earlier, police in Columbus had fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr., a 23-year-old Black man who had been entering his residence.

A federal civil rights investigation into the killing of Mr Floyd is ongoing, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Tuesday.