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Activists say fatal shooting of Black girl by Columbus police proves Chauvin verdict is 'not enough'

'I hope people recognize this is not enough and this alone is not justice.'

4/22/2021 10:08:00 AM

'I hope people recognize this is not enough and this alone is not justice.'

Sighs of relief drawn by the Black community, activists and allies were quickly punctured by the police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus , Ohio .

The 32-year-old said he felt relieved but not satisfied."I hope people recognize this is not enough and this alone is not justice," he said.A half-hour later, news broke thatafter responding to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing.What we know about the fatal shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant:

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Columbus police release bodycam footage; officer on leaveThe deep sighs of relief drawn by the Black community, protesters, activists and allies after Chauvin's guilty verdict were punctured by news of the death of another Black person at the hands of police.

"Relief is just so tepid. It's tepid because I know this does not protect the next person from getting shot, protect the next person from being brutalized," Usmani said. "The police just can't stop themselves from killing Black people even with all the attention on this."

The shooting comes as many advocates – from community activists to members of Floyd's family to high-profile civil rights attorney Ben Crump – around the country stress that progress is still needed in the areas of police reform and racial equity.

“Given the history of these kinds of cases, I was surprised,” Floyd’s brother, Terrence, told the USA TODAY Network on Tuesday in New York's Times Square. “I know there’s still more work to be done."shows an officer approaching a driveway with a group of young people standing around. In the video, it appears that the 16-year-old, identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, pushes or swings at a person who falls to the ground.

Story continuesBryant then appears to swing a knife at a girl who is on the hood of a car, and the officer fires his weapon what sounds like four times, striking the teen.'We have to keep going'Ramon Obey II, an activist and president ofJUST (Justice, Unity & Social Transformation)

, a community organization in Columbus that hosts a biweekly food program, watched the Chauvin verdict on TV with his mom, sister and younger brother."We were very unsure on how this would turn out," he said, recalling how his mom remembered being glued to the TV almost 30 years ago after the officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted.

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The 23-year-old compared the feeling of hearing a guilty verdict to the butterflies in your stomach that drop while riding a roller coaster."I'm flabbergasted," he said. "It's honestly like the words can't come to me quick enough, because even though I've seen a man murdered on video, I didn't know if America had seen a man murdered on video."

But his excitement was short-lived.After hearing news of the police shooting in Columbus on Tuesday, Obey said he was unsurprised."The system of policing is broken, and until change takes place we are doomed to keep repeating these tragedies," he said.

More from the Columbus Dispatch:Protesters march in downtown Columbus as Chauvin verdict is overshadowed by police shootingThe feeling that more work still needs to be done is a sentiment echoed by activists around the nation, who view the guilty verdict as a milestone, not a finish line.

“This means everything; this is long, long overdue,” said Selena McKnight, 46, of Minneapolis, who after hearing the verdict threw her arms around her 18-year-old daughter as a crowd cheered. “But this doesn’t stop here. We have to keep going.”For Traci Fant, the organizer of Freedom Fighters Upstate SC in Greenville, South Carolina, the verdict was a result of "everything that we fought for last year," but she still views it as a launching pad for something more.

"Hopefully, this right here is really going to start some true reforms, some true conversations about police brutality and police justice and show them that Black lives truly matter," Fant said.Crump, the attorney for George Floyd's family, said he hopes the verdict will spark more justice in the future.

"My hope is that this case sets a precedent that we will have when we say, 'For liberty and justice for all,' that that will mean everybody in America. Black Americans. Native Americans. Hispanic Americans. Asian Americans. It will mean all of us," Crump said.

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The question of justice is subjective, Heather Johnson said.Johnson, a Columbus activist and mother of six, said that no guilty verdict will ever justify what happened to Floyd or the shooting death of Bryant on Tuesday."How do you justify murdering a (16-year-old)? How do justify that? That is a child," the 32-year-old said. "There is a never a reason to justify Columbus police officers murdering our children."

Protesters march in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 following a fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, who was shot and killed as officers responded to an attempted stabbing call.Despite the whiplash of watching the jury hand down Chauvin's guilty verdict minutes after a Columbus officer shot and killed another Black person, activists including Usmani, Obey and Johnson said the future is worth fighting for.

"If I didn’t have hope I wouldn’t still be out here," Johnson said. "T...he reason why I continue to press on and continue to try and be in this fight with my brothers and sisters ... I’m in this fight and this struggle because I don’t want my six kids to be in this fight and struggle."

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There is not going to be an “instant” change in police behavior.