Two Seattle police officers killed pregnant woman with children inside apartment




Seattle, WA (PPN) – African Americans are beginning to feel as if the police are targeting their race and have no regard to take their life away. It’s too much. Another black citizen in America has been shot and killed by a police officer.

Seattle Police Department responded to a 911 burglary call on Sunday morning around 10 a.m. at the Brettler Family Place apartments in Magnuson Park. When the police arrived, Charleena Lyles, 30, had a knife in her hand and the two white police officers shot and killed her immediately without trying to deescalate the situation or use a taser.

“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” Lyles sister, Monika Williams yelled at reporters. “The Seattle police shot the wrong one today.”

According to King County Jail records, Lyles was jailed on June 5 for obstruction of public official and 2 counts of harassment. Lyles has been struggling with mental-health issues over the past year. The family believes that if she was not black, she would not have been killed. She was released last Wednesday.

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“Why couldn’t they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down,” said Williams. Lyles was a small woman that easily could have been detained by police.

Lyles is the mother of 3 children – 2 boys and 1 girl – ages 1, 4, and 11, according to the family.
“There were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured,” SPD said. “They are
being cared for by other family members at this time.”, according to the Seattle Times.
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SPD has been under federal investigation since 2012 after the Department of Justice found that officers use excessive force against African Americans, and people with mental or substance abuse problems.

Updated May 20, 2017

Recording of the shooting was released. Click here for audio.

Unidentified Seattle police officers are shown in surveillance video outside of Charleena Lyles’ apartment in Magnuson Park, shortly before the officers opened fire and killed the pregnant black women. Police say Lyles brandished a knife before they shot her. (Seattle Police Department / YouTube)

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