Memorial grows where armed woman was shot by police; rallies planned
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 0:31
She let them in and then she started talking all insane about how she, the officers weren't gonna leave. However, suddenly, she attempted to attack the cops with a knife while yelling "you ready?" A police audio recording has the officers shouting "get back!" and the woman saying "do it! do it!"
Police said several children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting and were not hurt.
Relatives told The Seattle Times that the woman was pregnant and had mental health issues. Police on Monday evening also released a transcript of that audio that offers a clearer picture of the words exchanged before the fatal shots went off.
Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal option to subdue suspects and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray.
According to The Washington Post, Charleena Lyles called police to report a possible burglary.
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.
The killing occurred as Seattle police are under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use force.
Shortly after, the situation escalates and an officer is heard stating "We need help". While it's typical for one officer to show up in a similar circumstance, two people came to her residence because there was a previous matter involving Lyles.
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Police said both officers were equipped with "less lethal force options", and family members have questioned why those methods were not used instead.
Lyles' shooting has drawn severe outcry from critics who lambasted the officers for not using a non-lethal method to control the woman.
The woman, who was identified in the Seattle Times by family members as Charleena Lyles, had a knife and interacted with two officers before she was shot, according to the Seattle Police Department. The officers clearly stated in the recording that they knew that the woman was mentally unstable and knew of a previous incident where she had brandished metal shears at the law enforcement to prevent them from entering her house. Monika Williams, Lyles's sister, asked.
Police said they immediately performed first aid after shooting Lyles, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
She pleaded guilty to two counts harassment and obstructing a police officer and was released from jail Wednesday. After telling Lyles to "get back" several times, they fired, killing her. She claimed an Xbox was taken from her apartment.
- At least two of her children were at home during the shooting.
"Motherf--s", according to an audio recording of the incident released by the Seattle Police Department.
After the conversation, dashcam footage from the squad auto shows the officers walking into the building. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has promised a thorough review of what led up to Lyles death. "This will be fully investigated", Murray said. As part of a federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has emphasized training in "crisis intervention", which stresses techniques for lowering the tension when encountering people with mental illness or other cognitive problems.