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Ohio lawyer common turns over Ma’Khia Bryant capturing investigation findings to prosecutor

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has referred its investigation into the police death of 16-year-old Columbus girl Ma’Khia Bryant to the Franklin County Attorney General, according to Attorney General Dave Yost.

It is still unclear whether the officer concerned will be charged.

Bryant was shot dead by Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon on April 20.

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He had been called to the scene of an argument between Bryant and two young adult women at their nursing home prior to an alleged birthday party for their foster mother, Angela Moore.

The bodycam video shows Reardon arriving at the crime scene and meeting Bryant, who brandishes a knife and rolls it over a woman who was later identified as Shai-Onta Lana Craig-Watkins, 20, before using the gun on Tionna Bonner ( 22) falls and pushes her against a car.
(Columbus Police Department)

The bodycam video shows Reardon arriving at the crime scene and meeting Bryant, who brandishes a knife and rolls it over a woman who was later identified as Shai-Onta Lana Craig-Watkins, 20, before using the gun on Tionna Bonner ( 22) falls and pushes her against a car.

Reardon, a white officer, rolled over to the chaotic scene and asked, “What’s wrong?” just before the teen started swinging.

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“Get down!” he shouted several times before firing four shots. Bryant fell to the ground and other responding police attempted first aid.

Experts on the use of force said Reardon responded appropriately and possibly saved the lives of the women, but critics countered that he should have used less than lethal force to stop the knife attack.

“The officer was too aggressive to say the least,” argued Michelle Martin, Bryant’s family attorney, a week after the teen’s death. “You will continue to hear our voices. We cannot leave that.”

The BCI investigations do not determine whether the use of force was justified – they collect evidence and hand it over to local prosecutors.

“After the investigation is over, the investigation report will be sent to the public prosecutor’s office and, with the consent of the public prosecutor’s office, to the requesting authority,” said a statement from the office. “These agencies can then use the investigation to determine the appropriateness of the officer’s actions.”

Franklin County Attorney Gary Tyack has assigned the case to Special Counsel Tim Merkle and Gary S. Shroyer due to a conflict of interest.

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Merkle said he received the transfer and started reviewing it, but did not comment immediately.

Tyack’s office said in a statement that it did not immediately have a timetable for when the matter could be brought to a grand jury.

Bryant’s death came just minutes before a jury pronounced guilty against ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has also asked the Justice Department to conduct its own review of the Columbus Police Department and recommend possible reform measures.

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