Seattle police shoot, kill woman who reported burglary

Caroline Beck
Июня 20, 2017

On Sunday morning, Seattle police officers fatally shot a 30-year-old woman after she had reportedly called them to her apartment following an attempted burglary. The children in the apartment were unharmed and police are trying to determine if they witnessed the shooting. Monika Williams, Lyles's sister, told the Seattle Times, referring to the stun gun commonly used by law enforcement.

Police confirmed the shooting occurred at Brettler Family Place, a community made up of 52 "families coming out of emergency and transitional shelters". Florida Carroll holds her grandson Quayvis Carroll as they visit a memorial for a woman set up outside an apartment building at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Police then asks her if she knew who it might have been, and they ask for her name.

Family members say the victim was receiving counseling for mental health issues, from which she suffered. "They could have taken her down". What's she going to do to all you police? During that incident, the report says she threatened officers with a large pair of scissors, saying, "Ain't none of y'all leaving here today!"

Lyles is then heard uttering a profanity, before one officer says over his radio, "We need help", and again orders her to "get back", followed by the sound of four to five gunshots in rapid succession. King County records show that Lyle had been arrested on June 5, but the exact details of the previous incident were not available. Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole and Mayor Murray said that the shooting will be undergo an internal review by the department's Force Investigation Team and the Office of Professional Accountability.

Seattle Police issued a statement in which they said Ms Lyles was "armed with a knife" and "confronted" two police officers who had responded to the call. "Auntie" Tonya Isabell said she never affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement before, but certainly would now. Our historic police reforms, from de-escalation training to civilian-monitored force review, are in place to address such crises.

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The Seattle Police Department has placed the two officers, both white, on administrative leave while investigating the use of deadly force.

Two officers were sent to the scene instead of one because it "presented an increased risk to officers".

Seattle has been under a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that resolved allegations of unconstitutional policing.

"At this point the footage is part of the police investigation", said Mike Buchman, Solid Ground Communications Director.

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