Ohio State University students stage sit-in protest, demand school sever ties with Columbus police for shooting of knife-wielding teen

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Students at Ohio State University staged a sit-in protest Wednesday over the fatal police shooting of a teen girl wielding a knife who attempted to stab two people. The protesters demanded that the university sever ties with the Columbus Division of Police, the Ohio law enforcement department whose officer shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant at the exact moment she lunged with a knife at another girl.

Several hundred protesters gathered at the Ohio Union, which serves as a student activity center and dining area for students of Ohio State University. Students held signs that called for the city of Columbus to abolish its police department, support for Black Lives Matter, another sign that demanded “CPD out of OSU,” and one that reads “ACAB,” an acronym for “All Cops Are Bastards.” The crowd of Ohio State students held a 16-minute moment of silence for Bryant.

A spokesperson for the university issued a statement on the protests: “Ohio State supports the right of our students, faculty and staff to peacefully express their views and to speak out about issues that are important to them. Freedom of speech and civic engagement are central to our values as an institution of higher education.”

Ohio State University students hold a sit-in at the Ohio Union to demand that OSU sever ties with Columbus Police D… https://t.co/0B9FyBUquF

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There were more than 500 Ohio State University students who marched in the streets to the Ohio Statehouse, where they demanded that university leadership cut ties to the Columbus Division of Police, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Students now taking to the streets. They’re marching in Ma’Khai’s name. @nbc4i https://t.co/ojdbVZXZk8

— Karina Cheung (@Karina Cheung)1619033218.0

Huge crowd of @OhioState students now taking the streets to demand OSU cut ties with @ColumbusPolice after the kill… https://t.co/fhLRZGEfqP

— Benjamin McKean (@Benjamin McKean)1619033393.0

HAPPENING NOW: Several hundred Ohio State students marching on High Street protesting the shooting death of Ma’khia… https://t.co/Jt1Wd4Avjw

— Stacia Naquin (@Stacia Naquin)1619036240.0

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