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Sixteen-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was fatally shot on Tuesday afternoon by police in Columbus, Ohio, officials say. Bryant was shot shortly before a jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Her death cast an immediate pall over public expressions that justice had been served in Floyd’s case and touched off protests in Ohio’s capital city. At a news conference on Tuesday night, the Columbus Division of Police released body camera footage from the officer, who officials said had been responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing around 4:45 p.m. in the southeastern part of the city. The video shows an officer’s view while approaching a chaotic altercation in a driveway involving at least four people, asking “What’s going on?” Played in slow motion, the footage shows a person in a black shirt lunging first at someone who falls to the ground, then moving with what appears to be a knife toward someone in pink cowering by a parked car. The officer shouts “get down!” repeatedly and pulls a gun out, firing four shots at the teenager. She collapses to the ground near the car, dropping the weapon. The girl who was killed was identified as Bryant by a spokeswoman for Franklin County Children’s Services, who said in an email on Tuesday night that Ma’Khia had been in foster care. The name of the officer, who officials said has been taken off the street while the shooting is investigated, was not released. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent inquiry, which local officials said was standard whenever an officer shoots someone. Tap the link in our bio for more on the death of Ma’Khia Bryant.
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Calls for racial justice after the murder of George Floyd last May touched nearly every aspect of American life on a scale historians say has not happened since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The moment of collective grief and anger swiftly gave way to a yearlong, nationwide deliberation on what it means to be Black in America. First came protests, in large cities and small towns across the nation, becoming the largest mass protest movement in U.S. history. Then, over the next several months, nearly 170 Confederate symbols were renamed or removed from public spaces. The “Black lives matter” slogan was claimed by a nation grappling with Floyd’s death. On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who knelt on Floyd, was convicted of two counts of murder as well as manslaughter. The verdict brought some solace to activists for racial justice who had been riveted to the courtroom drama for the past several weeks. But for many Black Americans, real change feels elusive, particularly given how relentlessly the killing of Black men by the police has continued, including the recent shooting death of Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb. There are also signs of backlash: Legislation that would reduce voting access, protect the police and effectively criminalize public protests has sprung up in Republican-controlled state legislatures. Moments before the verdict was announced, Derrick Johnson, president of the N.A.A.C.P., called Floyd’s death “a Selma, Alabama, moment for America.” What happened in Selma in 1965 “with the world watching demonstrated the need for the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” he said. “What we witnessed last year with the killing of George Floyd should be the catalyst for broad reform in policing in this nation.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about this historic moment in civil rights history. Photo by @victorblue
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The front page of The New York Times for April 21, 2021.