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Mom of Ohio teen girl fatally shot by cop speaks out

Mom of Ohio teen girl fatally shot by cop speaks out

The mother of the 16-year-old Columbus, Ohio, girl who was shot by police said in a tearful interview that her “loving, peaceful” daughter “called the cops “for protection – not to be a homicide.”

Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot after her family said she called police to report girls fighting about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, shortly before former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

Video released by police shows an officer encountering the teen, who appears to be armed with a knife and chasing another girl, who falls in front of the cop.

The officer screams at the alleged suspect to “get down,” before the teen targets another girl, the video shows. As she swings the apparent weapon toward the second girl, the officer fires several shots at the alleged suspect, striking her.

Paula Bryant’s 16-year-old daughter, Ma’Khia was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer on the city’s southeast side.
Paula Bryant’s 16-year-old daughter, Ma’Khia, was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer on the city’s southeast side.
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“I’m very upset, I’m hurt. I want answers,” Ma’Khia’s mom Paula Bryant told 10TV tearfully. “My daughter dispatched Columbus police for protection, not to be a homicide today.”

In an image from police bodycam video of teen Ma'Khia chasing another girl with a knife.
In an image from police bodycam video of teen Ma’Khia Bryant chasing another girl with a knife.
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The distraught woman said her daughter had been staying in a foster home and that she last saw her on Thursday.

Ma'Khia  Bryant seen with her mother Paula.
Ma’Khia Bryant seen with her mother Paula.
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“We hugged each other. She said ‘Mommy, I made honor roll.’ She said ‘Mommy, I’m looking forward to coming home,’” Bryant told the news outlet.

Hazel Washington is embraced after addressing a crowd after the fatal shooting of her niece on April 20, 2021.
Hazel Washington is embraced after addressing a crowd after the fatal shooting of her niece on April 20, 2021.
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“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. That is something that I want to always be remembered,” she added.

Ma'Khia Bryant recently told her. other she was excited to have made her school's Honor Roll.
Ma’Khia Bryant recently told her. other she was excited to have made her school’s Honor Roll.
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Columbus police said they would release additional bodycam video on Wednesday, 10TV reported.

Police seen where the fatal shooting occurred in  Columbus, Ohio.
Police seen where the fatal shooting occurred in Columbus, Ohio.
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“We thought it was important to share with the community, to be transparent about this incident, to let them have some answers that we can provide tonight,” Police Chief Michael Woods said Tuesday.

Shanise Washington talks to reporters after the fatal shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant.
Shanise Washington talks to reporters after the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther said the girl’s death was a “horrible, heartbreaking situation.”

He called it a “tragic day in the city of Columbus,” and asked his city to pray for the teen’s family.

Officers arrive at the scene of the shooting.
Officers arrive at the scene of the shooting.
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Director of Public Safety Ned Pettus Jr. offered sympathies to the family during a press conference late Tuesday and said the situation will be fully investigated.

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