A group of protesters have gathered this Tuesday night in front of the Ohio Capitol headquarters after they a 15-year-old teenager has been killed by a police officer in the city of Columbus.
According to the mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, at the moment all the details are not known, although “there are images of the incident” recorded with the camera that the agent wore in the uniform, so they are being reviewed.
For their part, the Police have reported that they were responding to a report of an attempted stabbing in the south of the city around 4:30 p.m. (local time), after which the shooting occurred in circumstances that are currently uncertain.
The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m., reports NBC.
The director of the Columbus Department of Public Safety, Ned Pettus, has assured that the adolescent’s family “deserves answers”, but that “quick answers cannot come at the expense of precise answers.” He has advanced that if it is proven that the agent violated the law, they will hold the officer responsible.
The first images that have been shared show a group of teenagers and how the agent approaches them, while they seem to fight. Police have assured that the slow motion video shows how the officer shot one of them just “when he was trying to stab” another.
After knowing the death of the teenager, protesters have gathered first at the scene of the incident and later marched to the headquarters of the state Capitol and the city’s Police Department.
The death of the teenager comes amid a rebound in shootings in the United States, which has led the president, Joe Biden, to demand more restrictive measures for the acquisition of weapons, in addition to occurring about an hour before the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of the second and third degree murder of African American George Floyd.
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