Ma'Khia Bryant - Ohio probes police shooting of teenage girl as Black Girls Matter protest rages on.

State investigators in Columbus, Ohio are probing the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in a confrontation caught on body-camera video that appeared to show her holding a knife and lunging at two people.

The 16-year-old girl identified by her family members as Ma'Khia Bryant collapses against the parked car and onto the ground.

The weapon, which appears to be a kitchen knife, is seen lying on the pavement near her, as an officer crouches at her side to render medical aid.

The incident happened Tuesday around the same time a Minneapolis jury convicted a white former police officer of murdering George Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck.

Her shooting triggered immediate protests in Columbus - Ohio's biggest city and the state capital.

Interim Police Chief Michael Woods identified the officer who shot Bryant as Nicholas Reardon and said Reardon "would be taken off the street" pending an investigation.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther on Wednesday said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation would determine if the officer had acted unlawfully.

Hundreds of Ohio State University students staged a sit-in and marched through the city on Wednesday (April 21) to protest the fatal police shooting of a Black teenage girl in a confrontation caught on body-camera video that appeared to show her holding a knife and lunging at two people.

The girl, identified by police as 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, was shot on Tuesday (April 20) around the same time a Minneapolis jury convicted a white former police officer of murdering George Floyd last year by kneeling on his neck.

Her shooting triggered immediate protests in Columbus, Ohio's state capital, just as the announcement of the guilty verdict in the Floyd case brought relief and jubilation to Minnesota.

Interim Police Chief Michael Woods identified the officer who shot Bryant as Nicholas Reardon, who was hired in December 2019. It appears from the video that he is white and that he fired four shots at Bryant. Woods said Reardon "would be taken off the street" pending an investigation.

A spokeswoman for Franklin County Children Services said Bryant was a foster child in the agency's care.

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