As the world continues to be outraged at the shooting death of Ma’Khia Bryant, new information has become available. Just hours after her death, the Columbus police department released the graphic video of the incident leading up to her death. According to reports from WBNS 10, Interim Chief Michael Woods said that an unknown female caller contacted 911 regarding females trying to stab them. During the conversation, the dispatcher tried to obtain more information but could not receive the information needed before the call disconnected.
The graphic body camera footage was released by police who arrived on the scene. In the video, the teen appears to attempt to stab two people with a knife before the officer yells, “Get down,” several times and then fires his weapon at least four times. After shots ring out, Chief Woods said officers immediately assessed her for injuries, called for a medic, and began CPR per division policy. During this time, individuals who were on the scene began screaming and yelling. One male on the scene can be heard saying, “She’s a fu***ng kid, man.” One of the officers on the scene alleged that the teen came at him with a knife. Although at the time of the shooting, the teen was nowhere near any officers.
Paula, the mother of Ma’Khia, broke her silence by speaking to WBNS about how she wanted her daughter to be remembered. “Ma’Khia was named after a male profit in the bible. She was a very loving, peaceful, little girl,” she said. “She was 16-years-old. She was an honor roll student. Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. That’s something that I want to always be remembered.”
Celebrities like The Game, Kehlani, Masika Kalysha, Bernice King, and Niecy Nash all spoke out following the news of her death. Roomies, let’s continue to keep Ma’Khia’s family in our thoughts and prayers.
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