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Hear the moment cops shoot knife-wielding pregnant woman
July 22 2017, 10:35 | Irvin Gilbert
Florida Carroll holds her grandson Quayvis Carroll as they visit a memorial for a woman set up outside an apartment building at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
"How is it possible that a woman who called the police for help ended up dead?" he said.
Lyles was hit multiple times and died inside the apartment. A police audio recording of officers shouting "get back!" and the woman saying "do it! do it!" are among the few clues about what went wrong before she was shot and killed on Sunday. He would not say whether any children witnessed the shooting - but said there were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting. Lyles' family is concerned for her and they have a strong: "desire to stabilize her mental- health condition before it qets (sic) worse". Seattle officers are given the option of carrying a taser, pepper spray or a baton as a less-than-lethal option, the paper reports.
Although Lyles had previous altercations with the police, none of this justifies or explains the use of force, much less deadly force, on a tiny pregnant woman who was holding (or even wielding) a knife.
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. The Seattle Times reported that Charleena is black and the two officers involved in the incident are white.
Seconds later, a commotion is heard. a child cries and Lyles curses at the officers.
Family members are not only grieving her death, but also demanding answers.
Lyles' shooting has drawn severe outcry from critics who lambasted the officers for not using a non-lethal method to control the woman. Lyles was shot and killed by police on Sunday after police say she came at them armed with a knife.
"Why couldn't they have Tased her?"
Lyles was black, and Isabell said he's frustrated with police killing black people across the country.
Additional officers arrived and persuaded her to drop the scissors.
Apparently, authorities had previously encountered Lyles and felt that her phone call flagged "hazard information" related to her apartment that "presented an increased risk to officers", according to Detective Mark Jamieson.
Family members spoke Tuesday at a vigil for Lyles outside her apartment building, calling Lyles as a good person and demanding justice.
Family members told the Seattle Times that they believe that race was a factor in Lyles' death. They could have taken her down.
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.
"While property crimes reports typically require only one officer to be dispatched, two officers were dispatched to this particular call for service because of a recent officer safety caution associated with the caller", a Seattle police statement said as to why the extra officer was warranted.
"Do our lives really matter to them?" asked Kenny Isabell, a cousin.
- At least two of her children were at home during the shooting. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.
Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting of Lyles a tragedy for everyone. "This will be fully investigated", Murray said. However, officers need to decide if they have time to use those weapons of if they have to resort to lethal force.
He added that the investigation will be reviewed by a federal monitoring team supervising a consent decree involving the Police Department.