Cops shoot pregnant woman who called for help


She let them into her apartment. Police had even advised her to seek mental health counseling. Three children were inside the apartment at the time and were unhurt, reports CBS affiliate KIRO. In it, screaming and what sounds like jostling can be heard, with officers repeatedly saying "Hey, get back".

Michaud said he did not know which option the officers carried at the time of Sunday's shooting.

However, the officers approached her with caution as her home had a "hazard information" warning for any officers responding to calls there, said Detective Mark Jamieson.

Relatives told The Seattle Times that the woman was pregnant and had mental health issues. In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the USA, compared to just 27 percent of whites. Seattle officers are given the option of carrying a taser, pepper spray or a baton as a less-than-lethal option, the paper reports.

Lyles was black, and Isabell said he's frustrated with police killing black people across the country.

During the June 5 incident, Lyles spoke about wanting to "morph into a wolf" and made "several unusual religious comments talking about how the police officers were devils and also members of the KKK", Officer Davidson Lim wrote in a police report.

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In the recording, officers are heard calmly speaking to Lyles for several minutes before the situation escalates. Lyles's sister, Monika Williams, told the Seattle Times.

The initial conversation between the pregnant woman and the two Seattle police officers seemed polite, professional and calm. Family members later identified the woman as Charleena Lyles. They asked her about the video game console she was reporting stolen.

"When you combine race with mental illness, Ms. Lyles didn't stand a chance", she added.

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"There is no question that the Seattle police department could have and should have used de-escalation tactics, instead of shooting first and asking questions later", wrote Kristin Rowe-Finkeiner, Seattle-based director and CEO of MomsRising.

In addition to being aware of her mental health condition, the officers knew she had several children present in the home. Police say Lyles displayed a knife, but Lyles' family says her death could have been avoided.

"Wait, is this the one with, like, the three kids?" one officer asks as they enter the building.

Seattle police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said the officers in the shooting did not have stun guns, but did have other less lethal tools.

Officers may be able to take their time to persuade a suspect who's standing in the middle of an intersection with no one nearby to drop a knife, but that might be different in cramped quarters or with children nearby, she said.

"Do our lives really matter to them?"

Murray lived right below Charleen Lyles and her children at Sand Point.

Attorney James Bible said Tuesday that family members are heartbroken and hurting over the death of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four other children. At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray described the shooting a "tragedy for all involved".

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.