TIKTOKS made by the black teen who was shot dead by police shortly before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd have gone viral as her mom demands answers over her daughter’s death.
Ma’Khia Byrant, 16, was killed by a cop in Ohio on Tuesday and by nightfall several of her videos on the popular social media platform had been watched by millions.
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Ma’Khia’s videos on TikTok are going viral following her death in Columbus[/caption]
Ma’Khia’s mom Paula Bryant has demanded answers after her daughter was shot dead[/caption]
People took to Twitter to share the teen’s clips with the hashtag #SayHerName after she was fatally shot in Columbus.
Countless comments and condolence messages have also been left under Ma’Khia’s posts on Tiktok, with many calling for “justice” for her.
One video of Ma’Khia doing her hair was shared in the wake of her death on Twitter by @mercxkurt with the caption: “Ma’Khia Byrant deserved to be alive and happy with her family #SayHerName #BlackLivesMatter”.
It has since been viewed more than 1.4million times, with some 20,000 retweeting the clip.
Clips from Ma’Khia’s TikTok account have been shared on Twitter with the hashtag #SayHerName[/caption]
Graphic bodycamera footage shows a female being shot by a cop seconds after police arrived on scene[/caption]
Ma’Khia’s heartbroken mom Paula Byrant has demanded answers, describing her daughter as “sweet child” who was on the honor roll at school.
“I’m very upset, I’m hurt. I want answers,” she told 10TV.
“My daughter dispatched Columbus police for protection, not to be a homicide.”
On Facebook, Paula shared a picture with daughter, with the caption: “Fly high in heaven babygirl”.
“She was a very loving, peaceful little girl,” Paula Bryant told WBNS.
“Ma’Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace.”
“That’s something that I want to always be remembered.”
Ma’Khia Bryant’s family are demanding ‘justice’[/caption]
Investigators working at the scene of the shooting in Columbus[/caption]
Protests erupted in Columbus last night after graphic police bodycam footage was released of the incident was released by officials.
Crowds gathered in front of the Ohio Statehouse brandishing signs with Ma’Khia’s name on, as well as the words ‘Black Lives Matter’.
Ma’Khia’s aunt Hazel Byrant has said her “loving” niece was killed “like a dog in the street”.
Police responded to a call in Columbus that reported a teen was “wielding a knife” and was allegedly threatening to stab someone.
A video of the incident showed two females arguing, as one was thrown to the ground.
A cop stood nearby where the person lay on the ground[/caption]
Hazel Bryant, pictured here after the incident, described her niece as ‘loving’[/caption]
The girl standing appeared to have a weapon in her hand – which police said was a knife – and moved against a vehicle with another female.
As the pair moved toward the vehicle, the girl who cops say had a blade raised her arm.
Someone could be heard yelling “Get down!” multiple times as an officer immediately pulled out his gun and fired repeated shots.
The girl, Ma’Khia, then collapsed to the ground. She was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.
Hazel Bryant said her niece called police because she was being abused by someone at the foster home where she lived, The Daily Beast reported.
She claimed that Ma’Khia had a knife – but although she dropped it, she was shot multiple times
Hazel described her niece as “a good kid”.
The 16-year-old had shared several videos on TikTok[/caption]
Protests erupted in Columbus hours after the fatal shooting[/caption]
“She was loving,” Hazel added.
“She didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street.”
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a series of tweets that authorities are working to review the bodycam footage of the shooting.
“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details,” Ginther said in a tweet.
“There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation . . .
“— as they do with all CPD-involved shootings,” he continued in a separate tweet.
“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available.
“I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”
The shooting happened just moments before Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was revealed[/caption]
The incident in Ohio broke out just before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd[/caption]
Officials with The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting, which came shortly before Derek Chauvin wad handed a guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd.
The 45-year-old former officer faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after being found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The racially diverse jury – anonymous and sequestered from the outside world – deliberated for around 10-and-a-half hours before reaching their verdict on Tuesday.
As each of the charges against Chauvin was separate, jurors had to reach a separate verdict for each count. They had to conclude Chauvin’s actions were a “substantial causal factor” in Floyd’s death and that his use of force was unreasonable.
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The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, the third-degree murder charge a maximum of 25 years and the second-degree manslaughter charge a maximum of 10 years.
Chauvin is currently facing a maximum of 75 years behind bars, however, prosecutors previously said they’d be seeking enhanced sentences for all convictions.
Sentencing is due to take place in eight weeks time, Judge Peter Cahill said.