Seattle police: No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting
Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 3:38
Seattle Police Department has pulled its FuzzFeed206 program Friday after criticism for playing an online video game while talking about the shooting death of Charleena Lyles by two officers. "Can an officer come to my home?" Lyles told the 911 operator that her children were in the house with her. Three of her four children were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Officials describe her as an unstable person who confronted two officers with kitchen knives and had previous, verifiable run-ins with the law. There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies.
Lyles' family attorney James Bible criticized the release of the video Thursday and questioned the department's motives.
Lyles' family says the she was suffering from mental illness.
"Those inferences are inappropriate. It's more like I feel they're trying to taint the perceptions of Charleena". Lyles was black; the officers were white.
Her family and community members blasted the cops' decision to use deadly force: "Why couldn't they have Tased her?" said Lyles' sister, Monika Williams.
Neither officer had a stun gun, but they did have other options, either a baton or pepper spray.
The department plans to release additional information over the next few days.