Community Questions Use of Excessive Police Force In Killing Of Charleena Lyles

Jun 26, 2017, 01:32
Community Questions Use of Excessive Police Force In Killing Of Charleena Lyles

One of the officers called on Lyles to "get back" repeatedly. "I grew up in a family of police officers and this is an embarrassment to the profession my grandfather and my dad chose".

Officers fired their weapons after yelling "Get back" several times.

Two police officers, identified as Steven McNew and Jason Anderson, responded to her call.

The pregnant woman fatally shot by Seattle police loved to sing and dance.

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The officers reported that Lyles, who may have been mentally ill, was holding a knife, though many questions remain. Lyles was black, and the officers were white.

Family members, who previously expressed concerns about her mental health, question why the officers didn't use nonlethal methods to subdue the petite woman and have suggested race played a role.

'If worst comes to worst, you could have used a Taser instead of a gun for someone that has three kids inside the house, ' her brother, Domico Jones told KOMO. Officials describe her as an unstable person who confronted two officers with kitchen knives and had previous, verifiable run-ins with the law.

"I don't care what she was going through or what anybody was trying to bring on her, she would hit it with a smile", Williams said.

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According to audio recordings released by police, the encounter Sunday was calm and professional for about the first two minutes: Lyles allowed them into her northeast Seattle apartment and told them someone had taken a video game console.

He said McNew, a Seattle officer since 2008, asked him to stun Lyles. "And that's why we have to say, once again, murder is murder is murder is murder". She always smiled, even when facing obstacles.

Whitcomb said the department is "grieving for her children and her family" and struggling with the notion that earlier mental health or other support for Lyles, a pregnant mother of four who had been a victim of domestic violence, might have prevented what happened.

But a video posted Wednesday in which Sgt. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's video-game character just walked around rather than firing any shots.

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Anderson said the conversation with Lyles began normally, involving what was missing in the apartment, before Lyles drew the knife as her "face changed completely". Anderson said he told McNew he didn't have a Taser.

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