Columbus, Ohio (AP) — Deadly shooting of a black teenage girl wielding a knife by police in Columbus, OhioCame within minutes of the verdict for the murder of George Floyd — caused some community anger at the continued use of deadly power by police.
Police Columbus officials released footage of the shoot on Tuesday night, just hours after the shooting.
At a press conference, interim police chief Michael Woods said a 10-second clip from a police officer getting out of the car at a police dispatched house after saying that someone who called 911 was physically threatened. Said to start. When the girl begins to swing the knife violently at another girl or woman who falls behind, the policeman takes several steps towards a group of people in the driveway. The policeman shouts several times to get off.
A girl with a knife charges into another girl or woman who is fixed to the car.
From a few feet away, with people on either side of him, a policeman fires four bullets and a teenager falls to the ground. On the sidewalk next to her, there is a black-handled blade that resembles a kitchen knife or steak knife.
The man immediately yells at the policeman. “You didn’t have to shoot her! She’s just a kid, a man!”
The policeman replies: “She had a knife. She just went to her.”
The race of the police officer was not clear.
Police said the girl was taken to a hospital where she was sentenced to death. It remains unclear if someone else was injured. Police did not identify the girl or her age on Tuesday. One family said she was 15 years old and another said she was 16 years old.
According to Woods, state law allows police to use deadly forces to protect themselves and others, and investigators will determine if the shooting was such a case.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther mourned the death of the young victim, but defended the use of deadly force by police officers.
“Based on this footage, we can see that the police have taken action to protect another girl in our community,” he told reporters.
The shooting happened about 25 minutes before the judge read the verdict Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of murder and manslaughter With the murder of Floyd. It was also less than five miles from where the funeral took place. Andre HillKilled by another Columbus police officer in December, was held earlier this year. In the case of Hill, 19-year military veteran Adam Koy is currently facing a murder trial, with the next hearing scheduled for April 28.
Less than three weeks after Hill was killed, a deputy Sheriff of Franklin County shot dead a 23-year-old boy. Casey Goodson Junior In Columbus. The case remains under federal investigation.
Columbus police last week Shot and killed A man in the emergency room of a hospital with a gun. Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting.
Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who lived in the neighborhood where the shootings took place on Tuesday for 17 years, said she knew of her teenage victims.
“The neighborhood has definitely experienced that change, but there is nothing like this,” Shepherd said of the shooting. “This is the worst thing that has ever happened here, and unfortunately it’s in the hands of the police.”
Shepherd and his neighbor James Jones, 51, were celebrating Chauvin’s conviction. But things changed rapidly, she said.
“We were happy with the verdict, but we couldn’t even enjoy it,” Shepherd said.
Farnoush Amiri is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in the local newsroom to report on unreported issues.
Kryska reported from Hoboken, NJ.