As community members gathered in the neighborhood where the violence unfolded and outside police headquarters, police released segments of officers' body-worn camera video at a news conference late on Tuesday.
The video shows an officer approaching a driveway with a group of young people standing there.
Bryant says her niece had a knife, but claims she dropped it before she was shot multiple times by an officer.
Ginther added, "BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation as they do with all CPD-involved shootings".
Ginther and other Columbus officials vowed to release more information "as soon as it becomes available" and appealed to residents to "remain calm" as state law enforcement worked the case. In the video, it appears that the 16-year-old, identified now as Ma'Khia Bryant, who was moments later shot by police, pushes or swings at a person, who falls to the ground. A woman who said she was Makiyah's aunt told reporters her niece was 15 years old, while a woman who said she was Makiyah's mom said the girl was 16 years old.
The shooting, which happened about 20 minutes before a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, prompted hundreds to protest at the shooting site and Downtown. "Tonight, we pray for this family, we pray for this city, and we pray for our neighbours". The aunt said the teen had called police as well as some relatives for help, and then armed herself with a knife for protection.
A crowd gathers to protest in the neighborhood where a Columbus police officer fatally shot a teenage girl Tuesday in Columbus
The city's police chief Michael Woods said officers were responding to a 911 emergency call about a disturbance Tuesday afternoon from someone who feared being stabbed, around 4:30 pm local time (2030 GMT).
Woods said at the news conference late on Tuesday that full body-camera footage of the incident was not shown because of a public records process that requires officials to blur the faces of juveniles on video.
Columbus police confirmed to local media outlets that a victim had died in an "officer-involved shooting" on the east side of Columbus Tuesday afternoon.
"Whether this applies with that will be part of an investigation", he said at the news conference. "We felt transparency in sharing this footage, as incomplete as it is at this time" was critical, he said, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
A police officer then opened fire on the youth as she collapsed against a auto parked in the driveway.
That will be decided at a later point during an administrative review, and it will be done only after the BCI concludes its own investigation. It also took place less than 5 miles from where the funeral for Andre Hill, who was killed by another Columbus police officer in December, was held earlier this year. You know what? She was fifteen motherfucking years old. "Because as you're getting one phone call that he was guilty, I'm getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighbourhood".
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Ford also said he would block non-essential travel from neighboring provinces from Monday. "The science supports this". On Sunday Ontario reported another 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 people died in the last 24 hours.