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The Guardian: Ohio has the highest rate of police violence against blacks in America

The US county of Ohio, where a black teenage girl was shot dead on Tuesday, has the highest rates of fatal police shootings in the United States, according to a recent study that highlights the differential treatment black Americans face at the hands of law enforcement.

The British newspaper "The Guardian" said that Macia Bryant, 16, was shot dead by a police officer in Columbus, Franklin County, about 20 minutes before the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd.

Tuesday's shooting sparked protests at the Franklin County shooting scene, which researchers say is the state's deadliest county in terms of police shootings.

The Ohio Alliance for Population Health Innovation released a study in February of this year that found 38 people were shot dead by police in Franklin County, home to about 1.3 million people, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020.

An average of 4.81 per million people were killed in the county, according to the coalition - the highest rate of police shootings among America's 100 most populous counties, the newspaper said.

Machia was killed at 4.45 pm, according to police, outside a house in southeast Columbus. Franklin County Children's Services said she was 16 and was in a nursing home.

Hazel Bryant, who identifies herself as Machia's aunt, told the Columbus Dispatch, Macia was living in a nursing home on the street where she was shot. She explained that she had an argument with another person in the house.

Police showed a 10-second video with a body camera at a press conference on Tuesday that showed a girl holding a knife while she was grappling with another person. Then the policeman shot and the girl appeared as she was falling to the ground.