HUNDREDS of protesters gathered for a vigil in memory of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant who was shot dead by a cop in Columbus, Ohio.
Many pictured at the emotional event were wearing Ma’Khia’s signature footwear – brightly coloured Crocs.
They gathered on the streets in Downtown Columbus before another group joined in front of Columbus Police headquarters.
It follows use-of-force expert Seth Stoughton saying that the cop who fatally shot Ma’Khia had no other option but to use deadly force.
“With the caveat that I only know what is shown on the video, I don’t see any clear options or alternatives that were available to the officer,” Stoughton told the Columbus Dispatch.
Police officer Nicholas Reardon was criticized for not using different methods to disarm the teen and de-escalate the situation instead of using a firearm.
However, Stoughton thinks that events of the incident happened “too quickly” for Reardon to take any other action.
“When an officer sees one person attacking another person with a weapon at close range in a way that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, lethal force is appropriate,” Stoughton said.
“The use of a firearm is the most reliable way to address that imminent threat,” he added.
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