Police fatally shoot pregnant Black woman in Seattle

Posted June 23, 2017

Then there's a four-second pause, followed by a sudden commotion - you can hear Lyles say, 'You ready?', she calls them an expletive, and the cops react, saying "We need help", presumably over their radios, and commanding someone to "get back".

A Los Angeles Police Department officer stands behind yellow tape blocking off the street leading to the house of Andrew Getty in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California March 31, 2015.

Lyles was hit multiple times and died inside the apartment.

"The officers immediately performed first aid while the Seattle Fire Department responded, but the fire department declared the woman deceased once they arrived", according to a police statement.

Seattle police confirmed that two boys and one girl, aged 11, 4, and 1, were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and have since been given over to family members.

In the audio, officers can be heard talking about responding to the burglary call in tandem because of "hazard information" regarding Lyles in the system, Det.

Relatives told The Seattle Times that the woman was pregnant and had mental health issues.

In the recording - issued by Seattle police - officers can be heard shouting, "Hey!"

In a statement released with the audio, police noted that both officers were equipped with "less lethal force options". This moment before Charleena Lyles' death exemplifies why distrust for the police is so high among racial minorities, particularly black Americans and Latinos.

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.

Before arriving, police were told of an increased risk to officers.

The incident came days after a police officer in Minnesota was cleared of all charges in the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile, an African American man who was killed in his vehicle in front of his r four-year-old daughter.

A Department of Justice investigation in 2012 found that the Seattle Police department regularly used excessive force.

A day after the shooting of a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four by Seattle Police, neighbors tell Q13 News they are distraught.

Lyles' killing came less than two weeks after authorities say she threatened officers with long metal shears when they responded to a domestic disturbance at her home.

"Why couldn't they have Tased her?"

Almost 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Lyles at her home.

The shooting is now the 453rd person to be fatally shot by United States police this year, according to a database gathered by the Washington Post.

In addition to being aware of her mental health condition, the officers knew she had several children present in the home.

Before entering her apartment, officers can be heard on audio recording saying Charleena had been "talking all insane about how the officers weren't gonna leave". She confronted them with a knife, authorities said.

"They didn't only take one life - they took two lives".

An audio recording released by police indicates the officers spent about two minutes calmly speaking with her before the situation escalated.

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

The transcript of a Seattle Police recording of the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman by officers shows that one of them said "get back" and "Tase her" and the other officer replied: "I don't have a Taser". At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting a "tragedy for all involved" and vowed transparency throughout the probe.

A court-appointed monitor overseeing use-of-force reforms has found that in responding to roughly 10,000 incidents a year in which people are in behavioral crisis, Seattle officers use force just 2 percent of the time.