Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Audio From Police Shooting of Pregnant Black Woman Has Been Released


Apparently, authorities had previously encountered Lyles and felt that her phone call flagged "hazard information" related to her apartment that "presented an increased risk to officers", according to Detective Mark Jamieson.

A pregnant black woman was fatally shot by Seattle police on Sunday after they responded to a burglary call she reportedly made.

Lyles' family said on Sunday that the shooting could have been avoided and that they believed race - she's African-American - was a factor.

Shortly before 10:00 a.m. Sunday, two North Precinct patrol officers responded to a report of a waiting burglary call in an apartment building in the 6800 block of 62nd Avenue NE.

Lyles was depressed and "was going through some things in her life", but she was attending his church regularly while making an effort to improve her life, Isabell said. In it, screaming and what sounds like jostling can be heard, with officers repeatedly saying "Hey, get back".

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The two officers, who have not been named, fired at Lyles, killing her. She said that Ms Lyles had "mental health issues" for but did not provide any further detail. During that visit, the officers said, the woman brandished a pair of scissors.

The officer safety tag, however, required that two officers respond to her call instead of one, which is more typical. According to Lyles' cousin, Robin Cockerham, the officers were aware of her issues.

On the audio, the woman and the officers can be heard discussing the break-in in which an X-Box video game was taken.

KOMO, a local news station, notes that it's not clear exactly why the police shot Lyles.

"Our historic police reforms, from de-escalation training to civilian-monitored force review, are in place to address such crises", he said. "Get back!" before they begin firing.

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Lyles' brother, Domico Jones, told KOMO: "They came here multiple times, so I know that they had to have known anything that was wrong with her".

"Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy", police said in a statement. Suddenly, scuffling noises are heard, and the officers repeatedly order Lyles to "get back", as a child cries in the background.

The department has since confirmed that both responding officers are white.

The family claimed the use of guns was "unnecessary" and that the police could have easily overpowered Lyles and stopped her, the report added. "I could have taken her down", Williams asked.

Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray said the incident was a "tragedy for all involved and will be fully investigated".

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Seattle has been under a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that resolved allegations of unconstitutional policing. However a federal monitoring report in April showed that use of force incidents by officers had decreased since the investigation. An arrest report for the June 5 encounter describes Lyles as speaking bizarrely about wanting to "morph into a wolf", about the officers being devils and also members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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