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Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

20 Juin 2017

Seattle police fatally shot Charleena Lyles, a black 30-year-old woman pregnant with her fifth child, in front of her children on Sunday.

"We call for a thorough and fair investigation", Solid Ground Communication Director Mike Buchman said in a statement. Both officers who fired their weapons will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department protocol. Lyles was declared deceased upon arrival by Seattle Fire Department responders.

An image of Charleena Nyles from a GoFundMe fundraising page.

Lyles' family says the woman was suffering from mental illness.

There were several young children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, shortly before 10 a.m., police said. Mark Jamieson wrote in a statement.

The Seattle Police Department later released an audio recording of the officers' conversation leading up to the shooting, as well as the confrontation between them and Lyles. She added that Lyles had a history of mental health problems and was released from King County jail less than a week ago. However, critics on social media are skeptical, saying that it is understandable a mother would feel protective of her children in the wake of an attempted robbery.

Family members say the shooting was unnecessary and that race was a factor.

The audio file, from police vehicle dashcam, captured the interactions between the two officers involved and Lyles during the last moments of her life.

Police were responding to a burglary call and claimed the woman brandished a knife before officers shot and killed her.

Police in the western USA state of Washington were under scrutiny yesterday after a pregnant woman was fatally shot by officers responding to a burglary call. The parallels between Lyles's shooting and that of Castile's, along with the countless other police shootings, primarily of black people, have not gone unnoticed.

During a tense standoff with officers, two of whom had weapons drawn, the woman told police they were "devils and also members of the KKK", a reference to the white-supremacy group, the police report said of the earlier incident. "At some point, the 30-year-old female was armed with a knife", Jamieson said. She confronted them with a knife, authorities said. 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.

In that incident, Lyles had scissors in hand and allegedly refused to release one of her children to officers until Williams arrived. You can then hear a ruckus, followed by the cops telling someone to get back, and then there is the sound of gunfire. Her death has enraged the community with many asking why police did not use non-lethal force and why a woman calling for help ended up being shot. Rather than knowing how to de-escalate a tense situation, these police officers shot first, prepared to ask questions later. The report expressed "serious concern" that the department's practices could result in "unlawful discriminatory policing". They arrived at Brettler Family Place 3 and went up to the fourth floor.

"We want justice!" they chanted.

Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife