Washington | A black teenage girl was found dead in the U.S. on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
Protests erupted in the city after the incident, which comes amid growing outrage over police brutality and racism in the United States.
According to City Police Chief Michael Woods, officers responded to an emergency call at 4:30 p.m., local (8:30 p.m. GMT), Tuesday afternoon.
Police also released a portion of a video of a pedestrian camera being taken away by a police officer who shot the teenager. The latter was identified as 16-year-old Magia Bryant by Franklin County Children’s Services in Columbus.
“We thought it was important to share with the community, to be open about this incident, and to have some answers for them that we can provide tonight,” Michael Woods said.
Video footage shows police arriving at a fight scene with a small crowd of onlookers. A teenage girl stabs another, hears a gunshot, and the little girl falls to the ground.
The policeman then throws the knife at the teenager.
Mayor Andrew Jinder called the girl’s death a “horrible and heartbreaking situation,” referring to it as “a sad day for the city of Columbus” and urging residents to pray for the young man’s family.
According to the mayor, the unnamed police officer “acted to protect another young woman from our community”.
Paula Bryant, the mother of the slain teenager, told a local CBS branch that her daughter was “very loving and calm” and “stands up for peace.”
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