BLM protest over police shooting of knife wielding Ma'Khia Bryant

BLM protesters and seasoned rioters took to the streets of Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday night to demonstrate against the police shooting of knife wielding Ma'Khia Bryant. 

Bryant, a 16-year-old black teenager, charged at two people with a knife before she was shot dead by a white police officer.

On Wednesday night, over 100 protesters were chanting: 'Say her name. Ma'Khia Bryant.'

The demonstrators were holding signs saying 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Power to the People'. 

Police bodycam footage on Tuesday showed a chaotic scene that happened within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd's killing.

Officials with the Columbus Division of Police had released initial footage of the shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant Tuesday night just hours after it happened, which was a departure from protocol.

Police were called to an address in a south-eastern area of Columbus at about 16:45 local time (20:45 GMT) on Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.

Bodycam footage provided by the police shows an altercation with a group of individuals outside a house before one of them - said to be Ma'Khia Bryant - appears to lunge at another member of the group with a knife in hand.

A police officer then approaches the group in the driveway and shouts "get down" before firing several shots, fatally injuring the girl.

The officer is heard saying in the footage: "She had a knife, she just went at her."

Officials have said the officer opened fire in order to save the life of one of the girls.

Hazel Bryant, the aunt of the knife-wielding teen was quoted by local TV station WSYX-TV as saying: "She was a good kid. Yeah, she had issues, but that's OK. She didn't deserve to die like a dog on the street."

Speaking to local broadcaster WBNS-TV, Ma'Khia Bryant's mother, Paula Bryant, said she was "hurt" by what had happened and that her daughter was a "loving girl".

"This shouldn't have happened," she said, adding: "I want answers."

Neither Ma'Khia Bryants aunt Hazel, or mother Paula took parental responsibility for Ma'Kahia who was in foster care with Franklin County Children's Services at the time of her death. 

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