August 2, 2021

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Bodycam Footage Shows Makiyah Bryant Tried To Stab Someone Before She Was Shot Dead by Officer

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Bodycam Footage Shows Makiyah Bryant Tried To Stab Someone Before She Was Shot Dead by Officer

Columbus police have released bodycam footage of officers responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing and encountering three females fighting.

The video shows the teen wielding a knife as she rushes toward another girl. An officer yells, “Get down! Get down!” then fires four shots as the girl swings at another with the knife.

Makiyah Bryant, described in different reports as 15 and 16, collapsed to the ground. A man can be heard yelling, “She’s just a fucking kid, man!”

The officers tended to Bryant and called for a medic, authorities said. She was transported to a nearby hospital, Mount Carmel East, but died of her injuries.

The department has contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to review the officer’s use of deadly force, and the officer will be “taken off the street,” interim police chief Michael Woods told reporters at a press conference.

“This is a tragic incident for all involved but especially for the family of the female,” Woods said. He said he could not answer a question about what efforts to de-escalate the situation were made apart from the officer firing his gun, saying he had not interviewed the officer involved.

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