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Who Was Charleena Lyles? She Was Shot & Killed After Calling 911

20 June 2017

Lyles called police on Sunday, reportedly asking them to investigate a robbery.

Distraught and teary-eyed, Lyles' family members told police that the mother of three was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental health issues over the past year.

Family members say that race played a factor in Lyles' death.

"Whistey couldn't they have Tased her?"

Lyles, 30, a pregnant mother of four, had alarmed Seattle police about two weeks earlier when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home.

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Police on Monday released a roughly 4-minute dashcam audio of the officers discussing "a safety caution" and a previous encounter with the woman before they reached her fourth-floor apartment in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood. "I could have taken her down", Williams said, overcome with emotion.

After arriving to the apartment at around 10: 00 a.m., cops claim the woman "confronted" them with a knife.

A Department of Justice investigation in 2012 found that the Seattle Police department regularly used excessive force on the job however, a federal monitoring report in April 2017 showed that the department use of force incidents by officers had decreased since the investigation, Seattle Times reported. That's when officers fired their guns, striking her in the abdomen and the chest.

Seattle police admitted that they could opt for "less lethal force options" at the time. The two officers involved, whom police have not named, will be placed on paid administrative leave, Seattle police said. It's hard to make out what Lyles says before shots are fired. Police had even advised her to seek mental health counseling.

He said she was depressed but not violent and "was going through some things in her life".

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The small-framed, several-months-pregnant woman had endured mental health issues over the a year ago, Jones said. They performed CPR on Lyles, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene by fire department officials. "She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave", one of the officers can be heard saying. There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies. Lyles can be heard calmly telling the officers about the robbery.

"My thoughts are with the many people impacted, including three children and the responding officers", Mayor Murray said.

"While recognizing that the release of information can be source of tension during active, ongoing investigations, SPD also believes that transparency throughout the investigation of deadly force incidents is essential to maintaining public trust", the department stated.

The pastor says he's frustrated with police killing young black people across the country.

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