Woman killed by police identified by relatives

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

"The officers arrived at 30-year-old Charleena Lyles' fourth-floor Magnuson Park apartment around 10 a.m. Sunday after she called to report a burglary, according to the Seattle Police Department's online crime-blotter page".

The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol auto, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said.

At a vigil last night, family members said Lyles had a history of mental health issues and that she was several months pregnant with her fifth child.

Police said several children were in Lyles' apartment when she was shot.

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".

According to the dash cam audio, they seemed to be having a normal conversation with her, as she tells them about what's been stolen - she confirms a missing Xbox.

Lyles' brother, Domico Jones, told the Seattle Times that the apartment management wanted Lyles out of the housing complex. Her family questioned why Lyles, who they say weighed about 100 pounds, couldn't be subdued with a non-lethal weapon like a Taser. "You guys could have tazed her or anything". Toward the end, the officers could be heard yelling "get back" and "we need help" and then gunfire erupted.

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Seattle mayor Ed Murray called the incident a tragedy and said it would be "fully investigated" by a federal monitoring team. King County records show that Lyle had been arrested on June 5, but the exact details of the previous incident were not available.

Both officers were placed on paid, administrative leave. The Seattle Times said she had called police to report a possible burglary.

"There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies", Williams said. Police say Charleena Lyles had a knife when two white officers opened fire.

Seattle police say officers responding to a burglary call at an apartment shot and killed a 30-year-old woman who was armed with a knife.

The shooting is now under investigation to determine whether the use of force was justified.

Since 2012, the Seattle Police Department has been under a federal consent decree after a Department of Justice investigation found its officers used excessive force as a regular practice.

As part of reforms within the Seattle Police Department, officers must undergo more de-escalation and crisis intervention training.

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