BODYCAM footage of a police shooting that left a black 16-year-old dead in Ohio showed a girl was shot just seconds after cops arrived on scene.
The teen, named by family as Ma'Khia Bryant, was killed by a cop in Ohio moments before cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
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What does the Ma'Khia Bryant body cam video show?
Video from a body camera worn by police showed the "knife-wielding" teen – identified by family as Ma'Khia Bryant – being shot multiple times amid an altercation with two other females.
Cops say they received a disturbance call from a person who said someone was trying to stab them at 4.32pm, with officers arriving on scene minutes later at 4.44pm
Bodycam footage from the incident showed two females arguing, as one was thrown to the ground.
The girl standing appeared to have a weapon in her hand – which police said was a knife – and moved against a vehicle with another female.
As the pair moved toward the vehicle, the girl who cops say had a blade raised her arm.
Someone could be heard yelling "Get down!" multiple times as an officer immediately pulled out his gun and fired repeated shots.
The girl then collapsed on the ground.
The police-involved shooting happened in Ohio just before Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.
Cops have yet to formally reveal who the victim was – but she was identified by family as 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, WBNS reported.
Why was Ma'Khia Bryant shot?
According to Hazel Bryant, who said she is Ma’Khia’s aunt, the teen was holding a knife during the altercation with two other women.
Hazel said her niece had called police because she was being abused by someone at the foster home where she lived.
Ma’Khia had dropped her knife upon the arrival of the police at the scene, Hazel said, but was shot multiple times regardless.
Do all police officers have body cams?
Not all police officers have body cams.
While the use of body cameras has become increasingly common in the United States, police departments have been resistant in making body-worn cameras the status quo, the National Post reported.
In 2019, Ohio legislation ruled that all police body-worn camera footage was generally subject to public disclosure, with certain exemptions.
And in February 2021, Ohio GovernorMike DeWine proposed a $10million grant to equip law enforcement agencies with body cameras.
DeWine said: “My goal is for every police officer in the state of Ohio to have a body camera.
“I think it protects the police. It protects the public and it’s good to have that transparency.”
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