Police shooting victim was 'failed at every single level,' neighbor says
Jun 21 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The SeattlePolicesaid that the two officers are on paid administrative leave while the officer's actions are under review.
Charleena Lyles, 30, was shot after police saw her holding a knife.
Police released a roughly 4-minute audio recording of the officers initially discussing "a safety caution" about the address and a previous encounter with the woman before they reached her fourth-floor apartment in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood.
Relatives say that Charleena was 3 month pregnant and had a history of mental health struggles, and expressed their frustration about why she was shot and killed. Lyles made the call to report that some of her possessions had been stolen.
"I know that they had to have known that, anything that was wrong with her, and I assumed they knew - I don't know why they would come in here and forcefully shoot her", said Lyles' brother, Domico Jones.
"It baffles me that she was recently released and they knew she was going to be coming home to four children, all under 11", said Murray.
"Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy", police said in a statement.
Seattle Police Department released this audio recording from the shooting.
On the audio, the woman and the officers can be heard discussing the break-in in which an X-Box video game was taken.
Lyles and the officers can be heard talking about the alleged burglary.
The Seattle Police Department has not confirmed the identities of the officers or their races. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.
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The shooting is under investigation, police said.
Lyles' shooting has drawn severe outcry from critics who lambasted the officers for not using a non-lethal method to control the woman.
The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol auto, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said. "We were here to meet with one of the residents". A report recommending police reforms for the city of Chicago explicitly found that "Although some judges will go on record expressly finding that a police officer's testimony is not credible, explicit findings are the exception".
Noting that the four-year-old girl had Down's syndrome and could not understand the situation, Cockerhern said he wanted justice for Lyles and her children.
The two officers had gone to Charleena Lyles' apartment on Sunday after she reported a burglary. Two officers fired, killing her.
Police say children inside the apartment were not injured. In it, screaming and what sounds like jostling can be heard, with officers repeatedly saying "Hey, get back".
In a statement Sunday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray described the shooting a "tragedy for all involved".
She said her sister had been arrested earlier this month, with a weapon in her hand, after getting into a confrontation with her child's father.
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.
Seattle officials agreed in 2012 to an independent monitor and federal court oversight of the department after a federal investigation found Seattle officers routinely used excessive force. "This will be fully investigated".