Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Cops shoot pregnant woman who called for help


"They could have taken her down". A report recommending police reforms for the city of Chicago explicitly found that "Although some judges will go on record expressly finding that a police officer's testimony is not credible, explicit findings are the exception".

The department released an audio tape of Sunday's encounter in which officers can be heard shouting, "Get back!"

Police said several children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting and were not hurt.

Family told KIRO 7 News she had mental health issues.

Audio released of her emergency services call was reporting a burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment, a building for people transitioning out of homelessness. Why didn't officers use the less lethal force options they were equipped with?

Lyles' family members blasted the police over the use of lethal force.

Police were also called to Lyles's apartment June 5 on reports of a domestic disturbance. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, police said. The footage, which is from the officers' dashcam and from a camera in the hallway outside the woman's apartment, does not show the Sunday shooting.

Lyles' relatives maintain that even if she was armed with a knife, the officers could have overpowered her due to her "tiny" stature. "I could have taken her down", said Monika Williams, Lyles' sister told the Seattle Times. Family members later identified the woman as Charleena Lyles.

The Seattle Police Department in a statement posted on its website along with the audio recording said that two officers were sent on Sunday to respond to the report of a burglary, instead of the typical one, "because of a recent officer safety caution associated with the caller". They asked her about the video game console she reported stolen. Williams said her sister suffered from mental health problems and that she had recently been released from jail after being arrested for obstructing a public official and two counts of harassment.

These officers, and all Seattle Police officers, know full well who Solid Ground homes are for and the unique challenges that many residents face.

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A child steps over burned-out candles 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.

They also talk about the woman making "weird statements" about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

"Get back!" the officers can be heard saying, before the loud sounds of multiple gunshots occur, and the audio abruptly stops.

As of 7:20 p.m, police O'Toole was still working on reaching out to the family of Lyles, Whitcomb said.

- At least two of her children were at home during the shooting.

Dash cam footage from the front of a police auto (0:00 - 7:14) shows two officers exiting a vehicle and walking towards and entering Bretter Family Place 3, the apartment building where Lyles lived with her children. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised. "This will be fully investigated", he said.

Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force.

The fatal shooting comes as Seattle Police Department deals with a 2012 "consent decree", which called for federal oversight of department's policies and practices.

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