The foster parents were discussing cleaning the house when Makia Bryant was involved in a battle killed by police, the foster parents say.


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“Terrifying Tragedy”: A chaotic moment before police shoot in Columbus

Columbus, Ohio — It was Valentine’s Day when 16-year-old Makia Briant moved to the foster home where her sister lived for over a year. While Brian fostered a constant hope of living with his biological mother again, the girls were nearby and danced together to make a video of TikTok. Angela Moore, who said she provided foster parents for Bryant and her sister in a quiet block on the southeastern tip of Columbus, Ohio, said, “She said,’I want to be with my mom.’ “. Shortly after Columbus police officers deadly shot Bryant on Tuesday afternoon and arrived in a chaotic turmoil outside her foster home, those dreams were shortened. Body camera footage released by Columbus police seems to show that Bryant is holding a knife while rushing towards another person shortly before being shot. Sign up for the morning newsletter from The New York Times Her death instigated a new wave of sadness, anger, and protest on Wednesday over yet another police murder. And that timing (just minutes before the Minneapolis jury convicted Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd) severely reminded us of the constant tally of police killings. As the White House described Bryant’s death as “tragic” on Wednesday, Columbus law enforcement officials released a 911 call and a new body camera video showing the enthusiastic moments surrounding her shooting. I asked for patience from the community. Michael Woods, interim chief of the Columbus police station, identified the police officer who shot Bryant as Nicholas Riadon and said he had been in the unit since December 2019. The city’s public security bureau chief said at a press conference Wednesday. “But the video shows that there’s more to this. You need to pause and watch the series of events carefully. It’s not easy, but you have to wait for the facts determined by an independent investigation. In a third-party investigation conducted by the Ohio Criminal Investigation Department, Mr. Petas said, what Riadon had, what he saw on the scene, and “what happened if he did nothing.” We need to answer important questions such as. .. The first 911 phone call that took the police home came at 4:32 pm on Tuesday. It’s a screaming dissonance. A caller who sounds like a young woman says someone is “trying to stab us” and “puts his hand” on the caller’s grandmother. The dispatcher repeatedly asks if the caller has seen the weapon. “I need a police officer here right now,” the caller replies. The person’s identity was unclear on Wednesday. The second 911 call arrived a few minutes later, but the caller hung up because the police had already arrived. Unlike the painful slow video of Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, he calls out that Chauvin can’t breathe when he kneels on his neck, but a video released by Columbus police reveals Bryant’s murder in seconds. It shows that it has become. According to Columbus police, police officers were dispatched to their home in Legion Lane on Tuesday at 4:35 pm and arrived at 4:44 pm. When Riadon got out of the car, he met seven people outside the two-story brick house and asked, “What’s wrong?” I heard a scream in the background. An unidentified girl was attacked by Bryant and appeared to have fallen into the grass after being kicked by an unidentified man. Video footage showed that Bryant, who had a knife, appeared to be rushing towards a person in pink clothes pinned to a car parked on a driveway. “Hey! Hey!” Riadon said he would pull out the gun. “Get off! Get off!” He fired four quick shots and Bryant fell to the ground at the end of the driveway. Witnesses shouted, “Why did you shoot her?” The policeman replied, “She came to her with a knife.” This was clearly referring to a person dressed in Bryant and Pink. According to Woods, Columbus police officers were allowed to use deadly forces to protect those at risk of being killed by others. He said taser is generally reserved for situations where there is no imminent threat of death. The officer will try to fire when he has time, but he doesn’t have to say that he’s trying to fire a weapon, he added. “It’s a tragedy,” Woods said. “There is no other way to say that. It’s a 16-year-old girl.” Two experts who reviewed body camera footage seemed to justify the use of police force in this case. Said that. Jeffrey P. Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina, said investigators would look to see if police believed there was an imminent threat to the lives of other women. In the event of an imminent threat, he said, investigators would find out if police could rely on other control methods. Based on his own review, Alpert said Bryant seemed to threaten the lives of other women. “Is there any other option? She wasn’t trying to stab the woman,” said Alpert, saying that taser guns can take too long to deploy and less than lethal weapons are 100% reliable. He added that it was not possible. “He saves her life, not her own,” he said. “What if that didn’t work and she killed this woman?” Still, Bryant’s family and activists throughout Columbus questioned why police officers shot Bryant. “I don’t know why he shot her,” said Bryant’s foster parent Moore. “I don’t know why he didn’t bully her or why they didn’t try to break it.” “In the end, it wasn’t worth it,” she added. Tensions about shooting by black police were already vivid around Columbus. In early December, 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr. was shot dead at the entrance to his home by a deputy Sheriff Franklin County, who was looking for someone else. Two weeks later, Andre Hill was shot by a Columbus police officer who was later charged with felony murder. Moore said he was working during the shooting but believed that the fight began with discussions about household chores. She said one of her former foster children visited the house on Tuesday and criticized Bryant and her sister for having a messy bedroom. “There was a problem there,” Moore said. “I didn’t know they called the police.” Moore said Bryant moved home on February 14 and was one of three foster children living there, including his sister. Bryant’s family expressed disappointment and anger at her death, describing Bryant as sweet and compassionate. They said she should still be alive. “This may have been escalated by Columbus police,” said Don Bryant, Bryant’s mother’s cousin. “There are things you can do to avoid pulling out a gun and shooting someone. I have doubts about the use of force.” Don Bryant doesn’t know how Makia Bryant became a foster parent. Said. But he said her mother, Paula Bryant, who works as a nursing assistant in Columbus, was working for a reunion. “Pola was working very hard to get Makia home and doing everything right,” said Don Bryant. Ma’Khia Bryant enrolled in an independent high school in Columbus in February. Jacqueline Bryant, an unrelated Columbus Municipal School spokesman, said her teacher “want to be very respectful, attend school and learn every day” in the short time Makia Bryant was there. He said he had reported. Neighbors were still stunned at Legion Lane, where a monument to flowers and stuffed animals was growing on Wednesday. Chris Mitchell, 31, from another city, heard a “very big controversy” followed by gunshots about two minutes later while playing with his two children in a nearby backyard. “I came out and saw a young woman on the ground,” Mitchell said. Israel Reales, 19, said she was unloading groceries from her car when her mother, Nahomi, heard the gunshot. She went out and raised her hand to see the people. She told the story through her interpreted son. “Police need more training,” Reales said. “The way it was handled was not appropriate.” Activists demonstrating at the shooting site on Tuesday said they would march to police headquarters late Wednesday afternoon to demand answers and accountability. Stated. “They didn’t make things worse,” said De Juan Sharp, the organizer of a local Black Lives Matter group called Downtownerz. “I don’t know why he used the gun first.” This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company