On April 20, 2021, 16-year-old Makaya Bryant, who lived with a foster family, called the police and said that her safety was at risk. The officers arrived at the scene in the midst of a fight between her and another woman. During the conflict, Bryant took a knife to protect herself. But according to her aunt, as soon as Makaya saw the police, she threw him to the ground. She claims that Bryant had no intention of harming anyone, especially the police.
This did not save her from police violence. Without warning, they shot her about four times. The white policeman who shot her did not tell her to lower the knife before opening fire.
Bryant was rushed to hospital in critical condition, where she later died of her injuries. Hundreds of people took to the streets of Columbus late at night to protest another murder of a black policeman. They demand justice for Bryant. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has opened an investigation into the case.