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Officials urged calm Wednesday as more details were released in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager Makhia Bryant by a Columbus police officer – an incident that fueled renewed outrage over police-involved deaths.
The teen was shot 20 minutes before a guilty verdict was announced against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the death of George Floyd last May in a case that galvanized national attention on racial inequities and police brutality.
Officials identified the officer who fired the shots that killed Makhia Bryant, 16, as Nicholas Reardon, who has been with the department since 2019. He was placed on leave.
The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation will pass its findings in the case to a prosecutor – either the attorney general’s office or the Franklin County prosecutor – for consideration before a grand jury.
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