Officers in Seattle fatal shooting had crisis training

Family members have questioned why police didn't use non-lethal options when they knew Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues.

Cops in Seattle identified the two police officers who opened fire on a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four, killing her, according to a report.

But the Associated Pressreported on Tuesday that the officers who shot Lyles had received crisis training on how to handle individuals exhibiting signs of mental illness.

"There is no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies".

An audio recording of the encounter released by police indicates the officers spent about two minutes calmly speaking with Lyles before the situation escalated in the span of a few seconds. Per the audio, when they were on their way to the apartment of Lyles, the older police, who is said to be an 11-year veteran of the force, told the newer officer that the victim once talked about how the officers were not going to leave her home and that she and one of her kids, a daughter, were going to turn into wolves.

Israel Presley, a Garfield Sophomore, said, "Just because we might not know her personally doesn't mean we can't relate".

"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", an officer can be heard on the recording relaying the incident. "I was before, but I definitely am now".

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said that neither officer was armed with a taser and that Seattle officers are given the option of carrying a taser, pepper spray or a baton as a less-than-lethal option. Several times during his speech, he led the crowd in a chant of "murder is murder is murder is murder".

"When we call police for help, we expect protection, we expect safety", Bible said.

"The Seattle King County NAACP is exhausted of watching Black and Brown people victimized at the hands of our police", ready the statement. She was so small that her brother Domico Jones used to call her "String Bean Leen".

"She was my good friend, a devoted mother, a great mother as that".

Jamieson would not say whether any children witnessed the shooting - but said there were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting. He said she was depressed but not violent and "was going through some things in her life". The union representing Seattle Public Schools teachers encouraged others to do the same.

Lyles, 30, was three-months pregnant and already a mother of four, family members said. Seattle Police responded to the call knowing that she had reached out previously on a separate occasion.

Charleena Lyles was fatally shot by police officers responding to her report of a robbery.

But also she said she does not want to excuse officers' behavior. Her death "strikes our classrooms all across Seattle".

Flowers, photos, and other items are placed at a memorial for Charleena Lyles at the apartment building in which she was killed by police on June 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

"At the root of all of these interactions, is the dehumanization of people of color".

But asked if he had anything he wanted local community members who may be frightened or grieving to know, he spoke about the department's training efforts on de-escalation, implicit bias, procedural justice and responding to people having mental health crises.

  • Larry Hoffman