According to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Ohio State University (OSU) students gathered on High Street to protest against the police shooting that killed Ma’Khia Bryant and called on the university to cut its ties with Columbus police at the Ohio Union.
The OSU students gathered in a circle, the crowd more than 200 strong, standing on the broken and weedy patch of parking lot pavement and chanting the 16-year-old girl´s name.
Protesters also gathered at the Columbus Police Division headquarters building and then marched throughout the city demanding justice and police accountability.
Minutes before it was announced that a jury had found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges against him in the death of George Floyd, Bryant was fatally shot by Columbus police Officer Nicholas Reardon, hired in December 2019. Police had been called around 4:45 p.m. to the Southeast Side on the report of an attempted stabbing.
In this regard, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper quoted an expert, who supported the official argument and pointed out that the police officer Nicholas Reardon acted in accordance with his corresponding training when shooting Ma’Khia Bryant.
The violent event joined a chain of similar actions in recent weeks that led President Joe Biden to issue a series of executive orders aimed at addressing this situation that he described as shameful.