Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 23:47
Kenny Isabell, pastor of The Way of Holiness Church of God in Seattle, said 30-year-old Charleena Lyles was pregnant and some of her four other children were inside the apartment during the Sunday shooting.
Seattle police officers fatally shot a 30-year-old pregnant woman Sunday in her home while three of her children were in the house. Lyles family reports that she had been dealing with mental health issues throughout the pregnancy and had been anxious that officers were coming to take away her other children, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, police said.
Lyles had a previous run-in with police after calling them to her apartment, authorities said. "She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave", one of the officers can be heard saying.
The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol vehicle, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said.
In the four-minute audio recording that was released by the police, the officer at the beginning of the audio clip discussed a "safety caution" about her address.
Seattle police confirmed that two boys and one girl, aged 11, 4, and 1, were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and have since been given over to family members.
"It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that Charleena Lyles died at the hands of those she had called on to help her", said Jay Ruderman, president of the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for people with disabilities. Her family members also stated that she was three months pregnant and had long struggled with her mental illness.
Lyles' kids stayed with her sister after the incident, court documents say.
O'Toole said officers have a choice of less-lethal weapons they carry, including a taser, pepper spray, or a baton.
Zamirah Cacho, center, is embraced by Mykla Gainey, left, and a staff member from a nearby community center at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle. They were taken into protective custody.
Police were also called to Lyles's apartment June 5 on reports of a domestic disturbance.
Relatives wondered why police shot her instead of Tasering her.
"Do our lives really matter to them?" he asked. Officers were responding to a burglary call when the shooting took place.
On the audio, the woman can be heard discussing with the officers that there was a break-in.
The video from the apartment hallway has no audio, but it shows the officers entering the apartment.
"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave", one of the officers says, referencing a previous call.
And as family, friends and supporters mourn, city officials, including the police chief, are speaking about what can be done to prevent such a shooting from happening again.
Seattle has been under a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that resolved allegations of unconstitutional policing. That's when officers fired their guns, striking her in the abdomen and the chest. "You call the police?". At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.
Her sister continued, "There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies". However a federal monitoring report in April showed that use of force incidents by officers had decreased since the investigation.
Ed Murray, the Mayor of Seattle, released a statement saying the shooting in Seattle was "a tragedy for all involved".