Seattle Police Play Video Games As Outreach Opportunity

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26 June, 2017

Lyles, a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four was shot when the police were responding to her call of a burglary.

On a weekday afternoon in March, Seattle police officers fenced off a city block as they tried to persuade a suicidal man in the middle of a downtown street to drop a knife.

Seattle police released the 911 call, additional surveillance video and details of the Charleena Lyles shooting on Thursday, less than a week after officers opened fire on the pregnant mother with her children present in her Seattle apartment. Her family members claimed deadly force was used when less lethal methods were available, and believe race was a factor in the shooting.

The youngest three children - ages 11, 4 and 1 - were home when Lyles called police Sunday morning to report a burglary.

Seattle police requires that all officers, once trained and certified, to use Tasers and carry them on their holsters during their shifts.

'She hit the floor, ' McNew said.

But a confrontation erupted. "I grew up in a family of police officers and this is an embarrassment to the profession my grandfather and my dad chose". "... Our hearts go out to Charleena Lyles' family and certainly, most of all, her children", Whitcomb said in the stream.

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Lyles had been in counseling, with and without her children, and she had obtained housing previous year after fighting homelessness for a decade, court records indicate.

On June 5, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction and harassment after police say she refused officers' orders to drop metal shears. There are sounds of rapid movement, the woman yelling "Get ready, (expletive)!" and the police radioing for help and repeatedly warning her to get back before five shots are fired.

That doesn't mean the officers shouldn't have entered Lyles' apartment to investigate the burglary, he said.

"She was talking normally and interacting with us normally and then all of a sudden, she's trying to stab me with a knife", Anderson recalled.

"There will be a thorough investigation", Whitcomb said.

An audio recording released by police reveals that they calmly took her information until about two minutes into the encounter, when they said she suddenly confronted them with two knives.


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