16-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by police on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, police said.Police said they were responding to a report of an attempted stabbing in the southern part of the city at about 4:30 p.m. local time. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police.The victim, who the Franklin County Children Services identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m.“She could be my grandchild,” Ned Pettus, director of the Columbus Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference. “My heart breaks for the family tonight. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. … They deserve answers, the city deserves answers. … But fast answers cannot come at the expense of accurate answers.”Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable.Police held a press conference late Tuesday where they showed body camera footage of the incident. In the video, the police officer is seen approaching a fight between several teenage girls.Police said, and the slow motion video appeared to show, that the officer shot the teen just as she was “attempting to stab the first female that lands on the ground and then the second female that is pushed onto the vehicle.”“She was a good kid. She was loving,” Hazel Bryant, who said she was the victim’s aunt, told Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV near the scene of the shooting. “Yeah she had issues, but that’s OK. … She didn’t deserve to die like a dog on the street.”A review of the shooting will be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the news of the shooting on Twitter.“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” he wrote. “We do not know all of the details. 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.”“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” he continued. “I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”People gathered near the scene of the shooting as night fell and later marched through Columbus and outside the police department.The shooting came about an hour before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd last May.Police initially said Ma’Khia was 15 years old, but Franklin County Children Services later said she was 16.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PETA proposes new welfare standards for animals on dairy farms

first_imgto jump to the article.advertisementadvertisementSummary: Progressive Dairyman Editor Karen Lee provided a preview of her “3 open minutes” interview with PETA’s corporate liaison, Amber Driscoll, featured in the May 2nd issue. The preview article provided a list of the standards PETA was proposing, including an effort to end dehorning and taildocking. While the article topic drew plenty of comments, both online and via mail, we’d have to say our favorite response came from dairywoman Wilma Kint:It would give me great pleasure to place Amber Driscoll in a holding pen with a herd of Ayrshire cows with their long, sharp horns.—Wilma D. Kint, born and raised on a dairy farm, still working here at the age of 83 [Click here or on the image above right to see the full list of the Top 25 articles of 2011. Click here to see the list from 2010.]ARTICLEEditor’s note: The following is a news release by animal activist organization PETA. Look for a “3 open minutes” interview on this topic in the May 21st issue of Progressive Dairyman. In the meantime, leave your below. What would these proposed changes mean for your operation?advertisementPETA has launched a new initiative calling on grocery chains, restaurants, and dairies nationwide to adopt five basic animal welfare requirements and standards that would dramatically improve the lives of cows and calves on dairy farms.Under the new guidelines, vendors would commit to purchasing products only from those farms and co-ops that adhere to these minimal welfare standards.The initiative is being launched in the wake of a Mercy for Animals undercover investigation, which documented that workers on a Texas dairy farm bludgeoned calves in the head with pickaxes and hammers, burned calves’ budding horns out of their skulls using no pain relief, and routinely committed other atrocities.A PETA investigation of a Land O’Lakes dairy supplier found similar abuses.”The abuse of dairy cows and their calves is rampant on dairy factory farms as our undercover videos show,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants pizza and ice cream chains, grocery stores, and others who sell dairy products to require that suppliers adhere to minimal guidelines to prevent the worst abuses suffered by cows and their calves on dairy factory farms.”PETA’s new standards of care include the following:Keeping facilities clean and providing adequate flooring, foot care, and beddingImmediately euthanizing “downed” cows who can no longer walkEnding de-horning and tail-docking, cruel procedures in which cows have a portion of their tails cut off and their horns cut out of their skullsBanning the use of bovine growth hormone, which contributes to lameness and a painful inflammation of the udder known as “mastitis” and which has already been banned in Europe and CanadaProviding group housing for female calves, without tetheringPETA has a long history of working successfully with companies to incorporate minimum animal welfare practices and standards into their supply chains.advertisementFor more information, visit PETA.org—From PETA news releaseCOMMENTSlast_img read more