Seattle police shoot dead pregnant black woman

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23 June, 2017

"[The officers were] talking about they don't know what to do with her, take her to jail, take her to mental health". She reportedly called authorities to report a burglary.

#CharleenaLyles was pregnant, called the police to report a burglary. Officers shout "get back" repeatedly. He urged his partner to use a stun gun but that officer responded: "I don't have a Taser".

Relatives told The Seattle Times that woman was several months pregnant and had struggled with mental-health issues for the past year.

Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal option to subdue suspects and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray. He promised a full and thorough investigation, citing "historic police reforms" that are "in place to address such crises".

The incident escalated further, resulting in the police officers fatally shooting Lyles.

A Washington Post report adds that the children were not injured during the skirmirsh and that both officers involved have since been placed on administrative leave. The woman can be heard telling the officers the door was unlocked.

The officers talk about the woman previously waving large metal shears and trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment, and making "weird statements" about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

"Even if my sister had a knife in her hand, she weighs like nothing, even if she's soaking wet", Monika Williams told reporters at a Sunday evening vigil", Lyles' sister said.

Police said both officers were equipped with "less lethal force options", and family members have questioned why those methods were not used instead.

Lyles then yells at the officers.

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James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment.

Isabell described Lyles as depressed but not violent and said she "was going through some things in her life".

The shooting is now the 453rd person to be fatally shot by United States police this year, according to a database gathered by the Washington Post. She was later pronounced dead at the scene by fire department officials. It details that Lyles called police to report that she had been victim of a "physical domestic disturbance".

The four-minute audio from Sunday's incident opens with the two officers conversing en route to Lyles' apartment about a separate event, two weeks before, in which Lyle was arrested for threatening responding police with a pair of scissors. When we explained to her family the behavior and statements Lyles made to us, they were suprised (sic) and informed us she has not had any behavior similar to this in the past.

Family members told the Seattle Times that they believe that race was a factor in Lyles' death. There's no way you could've taken a taser and taken her down?

"Do our lives really matter to them?" asked Kenny Isabell, a cousin.

On the audio, the woman can be heard discussing with the officers that there was a break-in.

"Lyles' family is concerned for her and they have a strong desire to stabilize her mental health condition before it gets worse". At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.

"We are here today grieving over another devastating encounter between the African-American community and the police", Murray said. What's not yet clear is whether the officers had the time or physical space to use de-escalation techniques, and whether the presence of children influenced the decision to use deadly force.


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