The Tragic Death of Ma’Khia Bryant


16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant shot in Columbus, Ohio

Arielle Allen, Journalist

Decades have progressed, and many have been affected by Police Brutality. Some of the recent victims of injustice include Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and sadly the list continues. The summer of 2020 sparked nationwide protests, in the killings of African Americans. Justice just recently happened for George Floyd and his family, with the Derek Chauvin trial just finishing. Before the final verdict of the Chauvin trial, another recent life has been taken by the police. Ma’Khia Bryant was a sixteen-year-old girl, who was shot fatally by police in Ohio. 

16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant shot in Columbus, Ohio (

Bryant was in a physical altercation with another girl, as the two were arguing about having a messy home. According to, “Ma’Khia Bryant and two other young women argued over a messy house and unmade bed before a fight that ended with the fatal police shooting of the Black teenager, the woman who cared for Ma’Khia in foster care said Thursday. Angela Moore said two of her former foster children had come to her Columbus, Ohio, home Tuesday to celebrate her birthday when the young women and Ma’Khia bickered over housekeeping. “It was over keeping the house clean,” Moore said. “The older one told them to clean up the house because ‘Mom doesn’t like the house dirty,'” Moore recalled being told after she arrived home from work. “So that’s how it all started.” It was reported that when the fight broke out, Bryant called the police when it escalated. 

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

When police responded to the incident, it was reported that Bryant was threatening to stab the other girl that was involved in the incident. According to, “Police said that the shot girl was a “female with a knife trying to stab” another person when shot. They haven’t formally named her. The body cam video shows the officer arriving to a chaotic fight scene, with Bryant attacking another female, who fell on the ground before she moved toward a second woman near a car, police say with a knife. The officer then shot her dead.” The incident concluded with Ma’Khia Bryant being shot dead in the street. 

Going forward, the family of Ma’ Khia Bryant are looking for answers as this incident is being investigated. Protests in the city of Columbus, Ohio are taking place to bring justice to Bryant’s family.