United States police under scrutiny over pregnant woman's shooting

23 June 2017, 12:31 | Isaac Mcdaniel

They told the Seattle Times she was concerned authorities would take her children, one of whom has Down syndrome. "If you met her you would be drawn in".

Lyles was also reportedly three months pregnant when she was shot.

A few moments later, officers are heard shouting for Lyles to "Get back!"

Police confirmed Lyles' children were inside the housing at the time of the shooting, and are now being cared for by family.

Family members told the Seattle Times that Lyles was several months pregnant, and suffering from mental health issues, at the time of the incident. In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the US, compared to just 27 percent of whites. He said there will be a thorough investigation following Lyles's death.

Seattle police Detective Patrick Michaud said Tuesday that both officers had undergone crisis intervention training to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other crises.

The recording depicts officers chatting with Lyles about the burglary call. She pleaded not guilty to two counts harassment and obstructing a police officer at her arraignment the next day.

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.

The department said Sunday that though this was a typical burglary report, "two officers were required due to information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers".

The audio recording reveals the officers spent about two minutes speaking with Lyles before the situation turned, resulting in Lyles being shot.

The advocacy group MomsRising said Lyles had four children and was expecting a fifth.

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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.

Additional officers arrived and persuaded her to drop the scissors.

On Monday, an audio recording by the officers' dashcam of the incident was released. When we explained to her family the behavior and statements Lyles made to us, they were suprised (sic) and informed us she has not had any behavior similar to this in the past. Lyles family reports that she had been dealing with mental health issues throughout the pregnancy and had been anxious that officers were coming to take away her other children, one of whom has Down syndrome. She claimed an Xbox was taken from her apartment.

The Seattle Police Department has released dash cam audio of the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old Black woman in Magnuson Park over the weekend.

Lyles' cousin, Kenny Isabell, pastor of The Way of Holiness Church of God in Seattle, described Lyles as depressed but not violent.

- At least two of her children were at home during the shooting. "Why couldn't they have Tased her?" asked Lyles' sister, Monika Williams.

The video from the apartment hallway has no audio, but it shows the officers entering the apartment. At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.

Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting of Lyles a tragedy. "This will be fully investigated".

Under the agreement with the Justice Department, Seattle police adopted a new policy dictating that uses of force by officers must be reasonable, necessary and proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation.

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



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