- A Columbus Division of Police officer fatally shot a 16-year-old Black girl on Tuesday.
- Ma’Khia Bryant is the fifth Black child killed by Columbus police since 2016, The Washington Post reported.
- Columbus police and NYPD are tied for the second-most police killings of kids since 2013.
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But police accountability data collected over the last eight years suggests the fatal shooting that unfolded in mere seconds on Tuesday wasn’t an anomaly. Bryant was the fifth child killed by a Columbus Division of Police officer in the last five years.
Since 2013, Columbus police have killed more kids than all but two local law-enforcement agencies in the country, according to data compiled by Mapping Police Violence.
Columbus Division of Police and the New York Police Department are tied with five killings each of people younger than 18. Only the Chicago Police Department is responsible for more killings of kids since 2013 – 12 total, including last month’s fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
All five of the young Columbus victims, who range in age from 13 to 17, were Black, according to The Washington Post’s database of police shootings.
Overall, Columbus police officers have killed more than 40 people since 2013, Mapping Police Violence’s database shows. More than 70% of those victims were Black, despite Black people accounting for only 29% of the city’s population, according to US Census data.
Mapping Police Violence’s database includes information sourced from the three “largest, most comprehensive and impartial crowdsourced databases” on police killings, including FatalEncounters.org, the US Police Shootings Database, and KilledbyPolice.net, the group says. Data scientists also used social media, obituaries, criminal record databases, and police reports to identify the race of most victims and add additional details about the killings.
The downloadable database includes information on more than 8,000 police killings in the US since 2013. According to the interactive’s website, 97% of the killings occurred while a police officer was on duty or acting in a law-enforcement capacity.
Columbus police Wednesday identified the officer who fatally shot Bryant and released body-worn-camera footage of the incident as well as audio of the preceding 911 call that sent officers to the scene.
Bryant’s killing sparked protests in Columbus Tuesday night. The shooting happened about 20 minutes before jurors in Minneapolis returned a guilty verdicts for former officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.