Police fatally shoot pregnant Black woman in Seattle
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 17:22
According to Andre Taylor, the brother of Che Taylor, the family has been put in touch with attorney James Bible, who represented Che's family after he was fatally shot by Seattle police in a year ago.
Seattle Police can say very little at this point.
(Genna Martin/seattlepi.com via AP).
A teenager holds a candle against a breeze at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed at her apartment a day earlier by police Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle. Laurie Davis, an aunt of Charleena Lyles, cries and hugs another family member as several dozen people attend a vigil outside the apartment building where Charleena lived, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Seattle police are i.
Lyles was shot and killed this past Sunday by police when she called 911 to report a burglary at her apartment. It turns out that Lyles was shot inside her apartment after she let the police inside.
James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment.
Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said Lyles had a recent "encounter" with police, who have been called to her apartment several times before - a history that warranted the dispatch of two officers rather than one.
"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", one officer says on the tape.
Seattle Municipal Court records show that Lyles was arrested June 5 and booked into King County Jail.
Further details of the incident weren't immediately available. She was released from jail Wednesday on the condition that she check-in twice a week with a case manager and possess no weapons, jail records show.
All Seattle officers now receive training on how to better handle those with mental illness or abusing drugs.
"I listened to the audio time and time again and got the same impression of just how quickly things changed", Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said.
Family members expressed surprise at her behavior while talking with cops and "has not had any behavior similar to this in the past", police wrote. Family members have questioned why police didn't use non-lethal options when they knew Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues.
Three of Lyles' four children were in the apartment when she was shot.
Relatives told The Seattle Times that the woman was pregnant and had mental health issues.
Lyles' family believes that she was shot unfairly, and that her death had more to do with her race than her actions.
"My thoughts are with the many people impacted, including three children and the responding officers", he said. A woman's voice responds, "Yes". "Get back!" before shots are fired.
The woman's voice responds, "Do it! do it!" In that incident, police say the woman armed herself with a pair of extra long metal shears and wouldn't drop them after multiple requests.
After the conversation, dashcam footage from the squad vehicle shows the officers walking into the building.
Audio taken from the officer's dashcam was released by police on Monday morning.
The department released an audio tape of Sunday's encounter in which officers can be heard shouting, "Get back!" At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised. And in the vast majority of those instances, officers used the lowest level of force.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called the incident a "tragedy for all involved" and vowed there would be a full investigation into the matter in a statement.
However, social justice advocates claim that Lyles's death symbolizes a failure of those reforms.