Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'

Police claim that she brandished a knife before they killed her, but have yet to say whether or not she threatened them or moved aggressively toward them in any way.

"She called for a DV". In it, screaming and what sounds like jostling can be heard, with officers repeatedly saying "Hey, get back".

Police confirmed Lyles' children were inside the housing at the time of the shooting, and are now being cared for by family. A cousin of a mother who was shot and killed by Seattle police has questioned why officers didn't use a Taser or other non-lethal options during the encounter.

Family told KIRO 7 News she had mental health issues. Police have since said the officers "were equipped with less lethal force options, per departmental policy".

Furthermore, police forces all over the world are creating very simple solutions to help disarm people with knives or scissors, which Lyles was allegedly holding during a separate incident on June 5.

"The officers immediately performed first aid", but medics arrived and determined she had died, the Police Department said.

In the recording, officers are heard calmly speaking to Lyles for several minutes before the situation escalates.

"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave", one of the officers says, referencing a previous call.

The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol vehicle, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said.

Reports indicate that police officers in Seattle fatally shot a pregnant Black women.

Police said that typically, one officer is dispatched for property-crime reports - but two cops responded to this particular call "because of a recent officer safety caution associated with the caller".

James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment.

Pastor Kenny Isabell said Monday that Charleena Lyles was a pregnant mother of four children and wasn't a violent person.

On the audio, the woman and the officers can be heard discussing the break-in in which an X-Box video game was taken. Her family members say not only was she several months pregnant, but insist she was too "tiny" to be an actual threat to the police officers.

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.

The officers talked about the woman previously having large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making "weird statements" about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

"As a Seattle Public Schools parent, Charleena Lyles was part of our education family", Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian said. The officers ask her what has been taken and she begins to list certain items that are missing.

"Do our lives really matter to them?" he asked.

Murray lived right below Charleen Lyles and her children at Sand Point. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.

He added that the investigation will be reviewed by the federal monitoring team supervising the city's consent decree.

"We are here today grieving over another devastating encounter between the African-American community and the police", Murray said.

Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force.

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