Ma’Khia Bryant stayed away from police officers on the scene before filming


Claim: Makia Bryant was shot after approaching an officer to explain her situation

It’s been almost 3 days since the police Shot and killed On April 20, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant died in Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, Bryant’s early violent cause of death was seen. Protests, memorials, and ongoing discussions Over police violence against black Americans.

Police are investigating and details remain unknown, but false information about the incident is widely disseminated on social media.

So USA TODAY reportedA widely shared post mistakenly stated that Bryant did not have a knife at the time of the shooting.

Another post shared on the night of April 20th, Claims that Bryant was shot after approaching a police officer on the scene.

Ma & # 39; Khia Bryant

Maquia Briant

“After being attacked by a girl in the neighborhood, 16-year-old Makia Briant turned to Columbus, Ohio for help. After the police set up the scene, Makia approached the police to explain the situation, and the police said she. I shot about 4 times. [sic]”Written by user John McNeary. At the post.

USA TODAY asked users for comment.

Columbus officials have yet to reveal details of the case, including whether Bryant called 911.

However, the allegations of approaching the police before the shooting are incorrect. Body camera footage and video from a neighbor’s security camera shows that Bryant did not seek help from a police officer.

What we know about shooting

so Press conference on April 21The day after the shooting, Columbus’ interim police chief released body camera footage from the perspective of two police officers on the scene: police officer Nicholas Riadon, who fired a deadly shot, and arrived shortly after Riadon. Policeman Serge Acaparo.

In addition, a resident of the house opposite the foster parent’s house, where Bryant lived, released wide-angle security camera footage of the incident to police as follows: WSYX-TV (ABC-6 News).

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Wood addressed the media at a press conference, revealing more information about the death of Makia Briant, who was shot dead by Columbus police officers on April 20, 2021.

Interim Columbus Police Chief Michael Wood addressed the media at a press conference, providing detailed information on the events surrounding the death of Makia Briant, who was shot dead by Columbus police officers on April 20, 2021.

In the video of the security camera, about 7 people can be seen outside the foster parent. Immediately after Riadon got out of the car, Bryant charged the girl who had fallen to the ground in front of her. At this moment, the policeman rushes towards Bryant, but cannot reach her.

Only a few seconds later, Riadon’s body camera shows Bryant holding a knife in his hand and rushing towards a young woman anchored in a car. When Brian returns with a knife, Riadon fires four shots.

About 10 seconds have passed from the arrival of the police officer to the shooting.

Prior to the conflict, the Columbus Public Security Bureau received two 911 calls seeking help from a foster parent’s home where Bryant lived. The second caller hung up when police arrived at 4:44 pm.

Columbus police 911 Caller has not yet been identifiedTherefore, it is unclear if it was Bryant who asked for help. However, there is no video showing that Bryant is approaching a police officer before the shooting takes place.

People hear Ma & # 39; Khia Bryant's friends speak at a 16-year-old community rally on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Douglas Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio.  Hundreds of people were found to remember Ma & # 39; Khia, who was shot dead by Columbus police officers during a deadly police shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

People hear a friend of Maki Bryant speak at a 16-year-old community rally on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Douglas Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio. Hundreds of people were found to remember Makia being shot dead by Columbus police officers during a deadly police shooting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Our rating: False

The allegation that Brian approached police on the scene before the shooting was not supported by our investigation and is rated FALSE. Body camera and shooting security footage show that Bryant did not approach police after arriving at the scene.

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