The victim pointed a knife at two people
Columbus Columbus police shot and killed a teenage girl on Tuesday who pointed a knife at two people. The police officer’s body camera shot was shot minutes before the sentence of George Floyd’s death trial.
Columbus police showed part of the recording Tuesday hours after the shooting in the eastern part of the city. The decision to publish the images quickly violated normal procedures. After the police officer who caused the riot died several people, the police conducted a strict review.
The ten-minute video started when the agent got off a car in a house where a policeman went after a person called 911 said he was threatened with physical violence, the police agent said at a news conference. , Michael Woods.
When the black minor began to brandish a knife at another woman who had fallen behind her, the agent took a few steps towards the person on the sidewalk. The agent yelled several times and fell to the ground.
Then, the girl with the knife jumped on the other woman who was facing the car.
A few feet away, with people on both sides, the officer fired four shots and the boy fell to the ground. Next to him on the sidewalk was a knife with a black handle, which looked like a kitchen knife or a meat cleaver.
Immediately, a man yelled: “You don’t have to shoot her! She is just a girl, man!”
The agent replied: “He was holding a knife. He just attacked her.”
The agent’s race is not yet known. The police said the minor had been transferred to the hospital and was certified dead.
The police did not confirm the girl’s name or age on Tuesday. One person in her family said she was 15 years old, and another person said she was 16 years old.
The shooting occurred minutes before the announcement of George Floyd’s verdict. Protesters who gathered peacefully after the verdict called for reforms to the police, and they quickly focused their attention on the deaths of minors. When the local authorities expressed their condolences to the family, about 100 chanting crowds outside the police station admitted how unusual it was to release the police camera footage so quickly after the police shot them.
Woods said that state law allows police to use lethal methods to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this is the case.
The police said that when the police shot the minor at about 4:45 pm, the police were responding to a call about an attempted assassination. The person who called 911 said that someone tried to stabb them and then hung up.
The mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, expressed regret over the death of the victim, but defended the intervention of the agents.
He said at the press conference: “Based on these images, we know that agents stepped in to protect another young woman in our community.”
Agents and on-site police who responded to calls from the local police station were unable to provide more detailed information to the Associated Press.
During the press conference, hundreds of protesters broke through the police barricades outside the police station and approached the police, while local authorities showed videos of human cameras inside the building. Many people chanted “Say your name!” Others mentioned the age of the victim, saying “This is just a girl”. The officers on bicycles pushed the protesters back and threatened to use pepper spray on the crowd.