Apr 21, 2021
Ohio police officer shoots, kills 15-year-old girl holding knife, officials say
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.
Police showed bodycam footage Tuesday night at a news conference of the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.
A black-handled blade resembling a kitchen knife or steak knife appeared to be lying on the sidewalk next to her immediately after she was shot and fell.
State law allows police to use deadly force to protect themselves or others, and investigators will determine whether this shooting was such an instance, Interim Police Chief Michael Woods said at the news conference.
Officers had responded to an attempted stabbing call when police shot the girl at about 4:45 p.m., police said. The 911 caller reported a female was trying to stab them before hanging up, they said.
The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
It's unclear whether anyone else was injured.
"This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted.
He later said at the news conference, "We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community."
Police who answered the department's phone and officers on scene were not immediately able to provide details to The Associated Press.
A crowd had gathered Tuesday night at the scene on Legion Lane, which police had partially blocked off to traffic. Others gathered at the city's police headquarters to protest, a week after officers pepper-sprayed a group that tried to enter the headquarters over the police killing of a man who had a gun in a hospital emergency room.
Hundreds of protesters pushed past police barriers outside the headquarters and approached officers as city officials were showing the bodycam video inside. Many chanted, "Say her name!" While others signified the victim's age by yelling, "she was just a kid." Officers with bicycles pushed protesters back and threatened to deploy pepper spray on the crowd.
The girl's name and age were being withheld while her family is notified, police said.
The shooting happened about 25 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.
Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, said she knew the victim.
"The neighborhood has definitely went through its changes, but nothing like this," Shepherd said of the shooting. "But this is the worst thing that has ever happened out here and unfortunately it is at the hands of police."
Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. But things changed quickly, she said.
"We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn't even enjoy that," Shepherd said. "Because as you're getting one phone call that he was guilty, I'm getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighborhood."
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Bidens HUD secretary violated Hatch Act with election talk: watchdog
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President Biden’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development violated the federal Hatch Act when she weighed in on the 2022 Ohio Senate election, reports said.
In a letter Thursday, the Office of Special Counsel gave HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge a slap on the wrist for mixing politics with her official position over comments she made during a March 18 press conference at the White House.
Fudge got off with a warning this time because she had acknowledged she shouldn’t have made the comments, Politico reported.
“Please note that Secretary Fudge has been advised that if in the future she engages in prohibited political activity we will consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law that could result in further action,” said the letter, signed by Ana Galindo-Marrone, chief of the office’s Hatch Act Unit.
The letter, obtained by Axios, was addressed to the executive director of Americans for Public Trust, the conservative watchdog group whose March complaint sparked the investigation.
The probe focused on several answers Fudge gave to reporters who were attending the White House briefing on the American Rescue Plan. Fudge declined to answer a political question about if she had any opinion on who should fill the Ohio congressional seat she left open when she joined Biden’s Cabinet.Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge testified on President Joe Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” before the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 20, 2021. Getty Images
But then she was asked about the 2022 election and if there was a Democrat who should run.
“Oh, absolutely,” Fudge said, according to the letter.
“Who?” the reporter asked.
“Well, I have two friends that are thinking about it,” she said, mentioning by name Tim Ryan and Nan Whaley. Ryan is running for Senate today while Whaley is running for governor, Axios reported.The Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Washington, DC on Aug. 23, 2019. Bloomberg via Getty Images
“I think we have a good shot at it,” Fudge said.
“I know people have written off Ohio,” she added. “I haven’t written off Ohio. I believe we can win the Senate race.”
The investigation concluded her phrasing showed support for the Democrats. She later admitted she shouldn’t have answered the followup question.Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge reportedly only received a warning from the Office of Special Counsel for commenting on the 2022 Ohio Senate election. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
The Hatch Act violation appears to be the first in the Biden administration, Politico reported. Several Trump officials were found to violate the law but never faced serious punishment, Politico said.Filed under department of housing and urban development , ethics , housing , joe biden , ohio , 5/13/21