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Demands for answers after police shoot, kill pregnant Seattle mom

Demands for answers after police shoot, kill pregnant Seattle mom”

On Sunday, two officers responded to a call about a burglary at Charleena Lyles' home, as Crime Online recently reported.

According to a Seattle police spokesperson Mark Jamieson, two officers responded to a burglary call at an apartment unit where the tenant had a previous history with police. Lyles was shot and killed by police on Sunday after police say she came at them armed with a knife.

Family members told the paper that the woman was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for about a year, according to The Seattle Times.

The SPD has confirmed that both officers were white, one, an 11-year veteran of the force and the other described as "newer to the department".

Officers also said they immediately performed first aid on Lyles before the medics arrived.

"She started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave and she had a pair of scissors", one officer says. Lyles's sister, Monika Williams, told the Seattle Times.

In a press release, the Seattle Police Department said the two officers involved are now not on duty. Toward the end, the officers could be heard yelling "get back" and "we need help" and then gunfire erupted.

A recording has emerged of the moment Seattle police shot a pregnant African-American woman in front of her children on Sunday (18 June).

The Seattle Times, one of the most liberal newspapers in America, took fire over its headline, that accurately read "Armed woman fatally shot after calling police had mental-health issues, family says". Police claim that she brandished a knife before they killed her, but have yet to say whether or not she threatened them or moved aggressively toward them in any way.

"After talking with Lyles' family, we learned that Lyles had experienced a recent sudden and rapid decline in her mental health", Lim wrote in the incident report obtained by KIRO. But Lyles' family have criticized officers' decision to use deadly force, as opposed to less-lethal options like a taser. Why didn't officers use the less lethal force options they were equipped with?

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A neighbor girl walks past a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier at her apartment by police Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle. They take down her contact information and confirm what was stolen.

Before entering the premises, the officers are heard talking about an incident that happened on June 5 between Lyles and other officers.

"Do our lives really matter to them?" he asked.

The department said all its officers undergo "crisis intervention training".

Police released a four-minute audio recording of the black woman's encounter with the cops.

Kenny Isabell, Lyles's cousin said she was depressed but not violent. She was later pronounced dead at the scene by fire department officials. People attend a memorial outside an apartment building of a woman, shown in the displayed photos, at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The shooting is now the 453rd person to be fatally shot by USA police this year, according to a database gathered by the Washington Post. At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.

Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting of Lyles a tragedy for everyone.

Lyles' shooting has drawn severe outcry from critics who lambasted the officers for not using a non-lethal method to control the woman.

He added that the investigation will be reviewed by a federal monitoring team supervising a consent decree involving the Police Department.



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