- The Ohio county where a 16-year-old girl was shot has the deadliest rate of police shooting fatalities, a study found.
- Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer on Tuesday, just moments before Chauvin’s guilty verdict.
- Franklin County accounted for a third of Ohio African-American police intervention fatalities, according to the study.
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The Ohio county where a 16-year-old was killed in an officer-involved shooting has the state’s deadliest rate of police shootings.
Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, was fatally by a Columbus police officer, identified by police as Nicholas Reardon, on Tuesday, just 20 minutes before a landmark guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd was publicly read.
Police responded to a 911 call from a person who said that people were “over here trying to fight us, trying to stab us, trying to put hands on our grandma.” Body camera footage released by the department showed Ma’Khia running toward two other girls and running past an officer while holding what police have said was a knife.
The officer discharged multiple shots at Ma’Khia, and a knife appears to drop next to her as she fell to the ground. Reardon has since been placed on administrative leave.
The Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health released a study in February analyzing the police shooting fatalities in the state between 2015 and 2020. From January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2020, the study revealed there were 169 fatalities in the state of Ohio, and that African American deaths per 1,000,000 were 339% higher than white fatalities.
Franklin County, where the shooting involving Bryant occurred, accounted for a third of Ohio African-American police intervention fatalities, according to the study.
The study also found that there were 38 people who were shot and killed by police in Franklin County, which was the “highest fatality rate among counties with ten or more deaths for the six-year period.”
“Franklin County, with 20% of Ohio’s Black population, accounted for 33% of Ohio African-American police intervention fatalities,” the study read, adding that it “ranked 18th among the 100 most populous counties in the United States for police intervention fatalities per 1,000,000 population.”
The county is home to more than 1.3 million people and 20% of Ohio’s Black population.
Bryant’s death on Tuesday sparked more than a hundred protesters to gather in downtown Columbus, chanting “Black Lives Matter” outside the Columbus police headquarters.