Seattle Police Killed Charleena Lyles, Pregnant Mother Who Called To Report Burglary

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

Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

Charleena Lyles of Seattle was shot and killed by police at her home with her children present after she called 911 to report a possible break in.

They said she was too "tiny" for officers to have felt threatened by her, even with a knife, reported the Washington Post.

Seattle police said the incident began when they got a burglary call from Charleena Lyles, who lived in an apartment in the 6800 block of 62nd Street. The officers could be heard in the audio shouting "We need help" and "Get back! Get back!" and shots were fired.

Officers walked to the fourth floor and "at some point, the 30-year-old female answered the door with a knife she was using to protect herslef", Jamieson told reporters. People attend a memorial outside an apartment building of a woman, shown in the displayed photos, at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Police took the children into protective custody while a search was on for a man who shot his wife at the Brettler Family Place apartments.

The woman's family added that they believe race played a factor in the killing.

Under the agreement with the Justice Department, Seattle police adopted a new policy dictating that uses of force by officers must be reasonable, necessary and proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation.

Relatives told The Seattle Times that woman was several months pregnant and had struggled with mental-health issues for the past year.

"She was asking them for help with her domestic violence and they wasn't giving her none". Murray, who lives in the unit directly below the victim's apartment, said police handed her two of the victim's children-a 10-year-old and the toddler with down syndrome. There's no way you could've taken a taser and taken her down? No officers were injured.

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The two officers involved, who have not been identified, have been placed on administrative leave.

According to King County jail records, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction of a public officer and harassment of a law enforcement officer on June 5.

Family members are not only grieving her death, but also demanding answers.

In April, the monitor overseeing court-ordered reforms issued a glowing report saying that the use of force by officers had declined dramatically and hailing the department as a "model of policing for the 21 century".

Though the audio sometimes becomes silent and undiscernable, Lyle can be heard telling the officers about the burglary. The apartment building where the shooting took place was roped off with caution tape, but residents could file in and out through a side entrance.

Charleena Lyle had a knife while she interacted with two officers before she was killed. He said a family member of Lyles had contacted him for advice.

Federal investigators also found evidence of biased policing.

Lyles' cousin, Wanda Cockerhern, said: "Each time she called [the police], it cost her something".

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