Pregnant mother of 4 shot, killed by police in Seattle
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 20:28
That's when two officers shot and killed the woman.
A Seattle Police officer cradles a child, with two more in the auto, at the scene where police shot and killed a 30-year-old woman at the Brettler Family Place Apartments at Magnuson Park, Sunday June 18, 2017, in Seattle.
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.
"Wait, is this the one with like the three kids?" one officer says on the audio before the shooting. It was unclear what relationship the children had with Lyles, but police say they were being cared for by other family members. Lyles made the call to report that some of her possessions had been stolen.
Police released a roughly 4-minute audio recording of the officers initially discussing "a safety caution" about the address and a previous encounter with the woman before they reached her fourth-floor apartment in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood. In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the USA, compared to just 27 percent of whites. Officers shout "get back" repeatedly. "Get back!" before gunfire is heard.
The officers who shot Lyles were both armed with less lethal types of weapons, meaning a different outcome not involving her death could surely have transpired.
The footage, which is from the officers' dash cam and from a camera in the hallway outside the woman's apartment, does not show the Sunday shooting. Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, asked Sunday as she tried to make sense of why police shot and killed the mother-to-be. She called the police on him.
Audio taken from the officer's dashcam was released by police on Monday morning.
The killing occurred as Seattle police are under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use force.
The family claimed the use of guns was "unnecessary" and that the police could have easily overpowered Lyles and stopped her, the report added. "He was gone and so she went to jail", Ms Williams said. This moment before Charleena Lyles' death exemplifies why distrust for the police is so high among racial minorities, particularly black Americans and Latinos.
The incident came days after a police officer in Minnesota was cleared of all charges in the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile, an African American man who was killed in his vehicle in front of his r four-year-old daughter. The woman can be heard telling the officers the door was unlocked.
Seattle police said the officers immediately performed first aid, but medics arrived and determined she had died.
There is then a break in the recording. One of the officers who shot Lyles had been certified as a crisis intervention specialist. Family members of Charleena Lyles questioned Monday why police didn't use a Taser or other non-lethal options when they encountered the woman, who the officers knew had been struggling with mental health issues.
After shooting Lyles, the unnamed officers reportedly administered CPR, but were unable to revive her. Why didn't officers use the less lethal force options they were equipped with? And in the vast majority of those instances, officers used the lowest level of force. The officers ask her what has been taken and she begins to list certain items that are missing. The officers are then heard calling for help as the video ends.
Ed Murray, the Mayor of Seattle, released a statement saying the shooting in Seattle was "a tragedy for all involved".