Police had been responding to a 911 name that somebody was “attempting to stab us” on Tuesday when an officer fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who appeared to wield a knife on two different females in Columbus, Ohio.
On Wednesday, police launched two 911 calls that got here in earlier than the deadly incident, in addition to body-camera footage from three officers who responded to the decision.
The primary name got here in at 4:32 p.m. The caller, who has not been recognized by police, stated, “[indistinguishable]…attempting to struggle us, attempting to stab us, attempting to place their fingers on our grandma. Get right here now.”
A second name got here in however shortly ended when police arrived on the scene.
Bryant’s mom, Paula Bryant, instructed 10TV that her daughter known as 911 herself as a result of individuals had been threatening her.
The Columbus Police Division has not recognized the caller, as an alternative deferring inquiries to the Ohio Bureau of Felony Investigation. The bureau reportedly instructed Fox Information it couldn’t but launch that info.
Footage from the physique digicam worn by Nicholas Reardon, the officer who fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, seems to point out a younger lady who’s wielding a knife whereas forcing one other feminine to the bottom. She then turns and runs at one other feminine, nonetheless wielding what seems to be a knife, when Reardon fires a number of photographs, hitting her.
Reardon, who has been on the power since December 2019, was positioned on administrative go away pending an investigation.
Columbus Public Security Director Ned Pettus Jr. stated individuals shouldn’t “rush to judgment” within the aftermath of the “tragedy.”
“I perceive the outrage and emotion round this incident. A teenage lady is lifeless and he or she’s lifeless by the hands of a police officer,” he stated. “Beneath any circumstances, that may be a horrendous tragedy. However the video reveals there may be extra to this. It requires us to pause, take an in depth have a look at the sequence of occasions, and although it’s not straightforward, look forward to the details.”
Columbus interim Police Chief Michael Woods stated he couldn’t touch upon Tuesday’s taking pictures however that officers are skilled to make use of lethal power to cease a lethal assault on an officer or third get together, in keeping with Fox Information.
“When officers are confronted with somebody using lethal power, lethal power may be the response the officer provides,” Woods stated.
The taking pictures got here on the identical day a jury convicted Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin within the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted on all expenses, together with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd.