Columbus protesters gather at police headquarters over shooting of teen


Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Columbus police headquarters on Tuesday night to protest the fatal police shooting of 15-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.

The crowd pushed past police barriers to get near the building, where they approached officers and chanted the name of Bryant, who was shot dead outside of a home earlier in the day.

“She was just a kid,” the group also yelled.

Protesters hold a sign to honor Ma'Khia Bryant, a Black girl who was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio.
Protesters hold a sign to honor Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black girl who was fatally shot by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio.
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Cops with bicycles pushed protesters back and threatened to deploy pepper spray. But the demonstrations in the city’s downtown appeared to remain rather calm, according to social media footage.

While protesters were outside the headquarters, city officials released bodycam footage of the fatal shooting.

In the recording, Bryant appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife before the officer fired several shots, striking her.

A crowd gathers in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a protest.
A crowd gathers in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a protest.
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Police were initially called to the home for a call of attempted stabbing.

It wasn’t immediately who made the 911 call.

An aunt of Bryant has told The Columbus Dispatch that the teen lived in a foster home on the block.

With Post wires

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