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Police shoot, kill teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio

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Patty Aguilar | 21 April, 2021, 11:35

A Columbus, Ohio, police officer shot and killed a teen girl Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to cut two females with a knife, according to officials and body camera footage shown to the media.

The race of the officer wasn't clear. It remains unclear if anyone else was injured.

The shooting happened minutes before the verdict in the killing of George Floyd was announced.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted Tuesday evening, asking that residents "remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts".

According to the New York Times, the incident occurred in southeast Columbus at around 4.45 pm, just minutes before Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd - a 46-year-old Black man whose death sparked one of the biggest protest movements in United States history.

People have gathered in the area in a crowd, including members of a group called "Mothers of Murdered Columbus Children". We are working to review it as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, outside the briefing, hundreds of protesters pushed past barriers outside police headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside. Officers pushed back protesters and threatened to use pepper spray on the protesters.

A could count 1000 other ways that could have been handled besides shooting her four times in the chest and leaving her to bleed to death on the payment. The officer in Hill's case, Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the force, is now facing trial for murder, with the next hearing scheduled for April 28.

Some reports said she was 15 and others said 16.

Last week, Columbus police shot and killed a man who was in a hospital emergency room with a gun on him.

A woman identified in the Columbia Dispatch account as the slain girl's aunt, Hazel Bryant, told the newspaper the teenager lived in a foster home and became involved in an altercation with someone at the residence.

The Ohio BCI, which is still conducting an investigation, has yet to identify the victim by name as of late Tuesday.

The police shooting in his neighborhood "just brings it home a little closer", he said, and reaffirms his decision to tell his 18-year-old son - who, like Graham, is Black - never to call the police.

Shepherd and her neighbour Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. If you thought things would change because of it, you were being very naive. "But you couldn't even enjoy that", Shepherd said. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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