Ohio Bureau Of Criminal Investigations Looking Into Fatal Shooting Of Black Teenage Girl At Hands Of Ohio Police

CBS4's Nancy Chen has more on the case.

Video Transcript

- Now at 7:00, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation is looking into the fatal shooting of a black teenage girl at the hands of Columbus police.

- Police released more body cam footage today showing the tragedy. And let me warn you, what's already been released is pretty difficult to watch. CBS4's Nancy Chen has more.

NANCY CHEN: Columbus police released this body camera footage Tuesday, showing the chaotic scene leading up to Ma'Khia Bryant's death. The clip appears to show the 16-year-old chasing someone outside a home with a knife. The girl being chased fall to the ground before four shots rang out.

MIKE WOODS: Officer Nicholas Reardon, Officer Reardon, who was working a one-officer car. He was hired in December of 2019. He is currently assigned to zone 2, second shift. And he is the officer that discharged his firearm.

- He attacked a baby.

NANCY CHEN: Columbus police say they were responding to a 911 caller who said someone was trying to stab them.

NED PETTUS: The video shows that there is more to this. It requires us to pause, take a close look at the sequence of events, and though it's not easy, wait for the facts.

NANCY CHEN: Officers attempted to render aid to Bryant, but she died a short time later.

ANDREW GINTHER: This is a failure on part of our community. Some are guilty, but all of us are responsible.


NANCY CHEN: The deadly police shooting prompted protesters to take to the streets into the night to demand justice.

- Say her name!

- Bryant, Bryant!

NANCY CHEN: Bryant's mother says her daughter was an honor roll student who should have never been shot.

ANDREW GINTHER: BCI will determine if the officer involved was wrong. And if he was, we will hold him accountable.

NANCY CHEN: The officer involved has been put on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated. Nancy Chen, CBS News.

- Now, Franklin County Children's Services there in Ohio said that Ma'Khia Bryant was in foster care and in the custody of children services at the time of her death. Police are urging the community to await the facts before coming to any conclusion.