Ma’khia Bryant was a 16-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio. On Tuesday afternoon, she called local police because of an altercation occurring outside her home. Yet, when the police arrived instead of responding to Ma’khia’s concerns, they shot her four times in the chest.
Authorities say that they were responding to a call of an attempted stabbing that occurred at 3000 block of Legion Lane when one of their officers shot Ma’Khia Ma’khia’s killer claimed that she had tried to attack him with a knife, thus necessitating his use of deadly force.
This claim has been disputed by witnesses at the scene who declared that Ma’khia had armed herself with the knife as a defensive measure to protect herself. Protect herself from the threat of violence that she had called the police to come and handle in the first place.
The mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginter, has confirmed there is existing bodycam footage of the event, this has yet to be released to the public. Additional footage of Ma’khia’s murder was captured by bystanders and shared on social media platforms.
Ma’khia’s violent and tragic death occurred just minutes before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd was announced.