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The Ohio police officer who shot to death a black teenage girl in a disturbing encounter with a knife appears to be a military-trained marksman specializing in firing a gas-powered assault rifle, according to a report Wednesday.

Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon — who was placed on paid leave after fatally shooting 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant Tuesday — is a U.S. Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with a M4 Carbine rifle, according to the Daily Beast.

On Wednesday, the Columbus police department released dramatic bodycam footage that appears to show Bryant lunging with a knife at a girl before she was fatally shot by Reardon.

“Get down! Get down!” an officer can be heard shouting before he fires four shots at the teen.

A man can then be heard, yelling, “You shot my baby. Are you f—ing kidding me? Are you f—ing serious?”
The shooting came the same day former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd — a case that sparked protests and raised questions about police “militarization” and use of force nationwide.Reardon had been responding to a 911 call about a reported stabbing attempt at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when he arrived on the scene, according to police. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now handling the investigation.

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The U.S. National Guard didn’t immediately return The Post’s request for comment Wednesday.

Before joining the force in 2019, Officer Nicholas Reardon reportedly was a US Air National Guardsman who received an expert marksman badge with a M4 Carbine rifle.

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Family to see more footage of North Carolina deputy shooting

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The family of a Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina is expected to view more than 18 minutes of body camera video of the incident on Tuesday.

The footage will to be shown to family members of Andrew Brown Jr. at 3 p.m., according to county officials. Family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter said a news conference will likely follow the viewing.

Brown was behind the wheel of his car and outside of his house in Elizabeth City when he was shot on April 21. Sheriff’s deputies working as part of a regional drug task force were serving a drug-related search warrant at the time.

A prosecutor has said that Brown’s car made “contact” with law enforcement officers before the shooting began. But Brown’s family and their attorneys have said Brown was driving away and died from an unjustified “execution.”

The office of Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II scheduled the Tuesday viewing following a judge’s ruling on Thursday that said the family could view the footage within 10 days.

“Because we’re continuing to be as transparent as we can under state law, we will be allowing the family members identified in the judge’s order to view the specified videos much sooner than the judge’s deadline requires,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Friday.

Judge Jeffery Foster ruled that the family will be able to view less than 20 minutes of the nearly two hours of video th at was recorded.

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“The portions of the videos withheld are found to not contain images of the deceased, and thus are not appropriate for disclosure at this time,” Foster wrote in his ruling.

Foster has said that he would not publicly release the footage because it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death or threaten the safety of people seen in the footage.

Foster said the video must remain out of public view for at least 30 days, but he would consider releasing it after that point if investigations are complete.

Family members have so far only been allowed to view a 20-second clip from a single body camera. They say it shows Brown was trying to drive away when he was shot.

Brown’s shooting has drawn national attention to the small, majority Black city in the state’s rural northeastern corner. And many city residents — as well as nationally prominent civil rights leaders and attorneys — are demanding full release of the footage.


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‘Get Them Out of Here!’ Man Confronts Black Lives Matter Protesters Blocking Intersection in Viral Video

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A viral video that was recently took in Plano, Texas shows a man getting out of his car and confronting Black Lives Matter protesters who were blocking an intersection in the city.

For weeks, some North Texans have demanded the arrests of the eight officers involved in the death of a 26-year-old black man Marvin Scott III, who died in March while in police custody at Collin County Jail.

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Video released in police shooting of unarmed black man after phone mistaken for gun

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A Virginia sheriff’s deputy shot and severely injured an unarmed black man after mistaking his cell phone for a gun, recently released bodycam video reveals.

At the time of the early morning Wednesday shooting, Isaiah Brown, 32, was speaking to a 911 dispatcher near his home in Spotsylvania County to report a domestic dispute with his brother, according to recently released 911 audio.

Brown can be heard telling the dispatcher that he is planning to kill his brother. Moments later, the deputy spotted Brown.

On Friday, activists gathered outside the sheriff’s office to protest the shooting.Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Earlier in the evening, the same deputy had given Brown a ride home after his car broke down.

When the deputy encountered Brown the second time, he ordered Brown to “show me your hands” and “drop the gun” several times before firing several shots, according to the audio.

Virginia Commonwealth Attorney LaBravia Jenkins’ office will be looking into what happened at the shooting.

On Friday, activists gathered outside the sheriff’s office to protest the shooting after law enforcement officials announced a probe of the incident.

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“After viewing the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s deputy bodycam video and listening to the 911 call, it is evident that the tragic shooting of Isaiah Brown was completely avoidable,” said David Hynes, a lawyer for Brown in a statement to the press.

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