Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training

The Seattle Police Department has been under scrutiny by the US Justice Department following a report five years ago that found officers too often used excessive force Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training
Christy Curtis | 23 June, 2017, 02:20

They said she was concerned that the authorities would come and take her kids, one of whom suffers from Down Syndrome. "It's disturbing", Isabell who is also a pastor of The Way of Holiness Church of God in Seattle said. Lyles answers "Yes." Ten seconds after her response, there are sounds of a scuffle and officers shouting "Get back!"

There were three children inside the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

The officers were responding to Lyles' call reporting an attempted burglary.

Family members have questioned why police didn't use a non-lethal option when they knew Charleena Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues.

Lyles had an extensive criminal record and she was released from jail June 14. Seattle officers are given the option of carrying a taser, pepper spray or a baton as a less-than-lethal option, the paper reports.

The shooting is under investigation, police said.

Court records show police were last at the housing complex for a call involving Lyles on June 5, and noted the case should proceed to a mental health court. The Seattle Times also reports that the Seattle Police Department "has been under a federal consent decree since 2012 after a Department of Justice investigation found its officers routinely engaged in excessive use of force, most often against people with mental or substance abuse problems".

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 auto in front of his r four-year-old daughter. Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, asked Sunday as she tried to make sense of why police shot and killed the mother-to-be.

The two officers had gone to Lyles' apartment after a call about a burglary. Seattle police said that officers fired their weapons after being "confronted by a woman armed with a knife".

Earlier on the tape, before the officers head into the apartment, they talk about the woman previously waving large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making statements about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

Kenny Isabell, Lyles's cousin said she was depressed but not violent.

The Seattle Police Department has not confirmed the identities of the officers or their races.

"Although this was a typical burglary report, two officers were required due to information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers", Jamieson said in a statement.

On the scratchy dash cam audio released Monday, the two officers can be heard preparing for the call by discussing the previous police call to her house.

Police on Monday released a roughly 4-minute dashcam audio of the officers discussing "a safety caution" and a previous encounter with the woman before they reached her fourth-floor apartment in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood.

Moments later, one of the officer reports she has a knife and Lyles is heard in the background. "They are being cared for by other family members at this time".

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

- At least two of her children were at home during the shooting.

After the conversation, dashcam footage from the squad vehicle shows the officers walking into the building.

Recently, a federal court-appointed monitor found encouraging signs that the department had made significant progress in its reform programs. "This will be fully investigated". I would've honestly preferred police to consider even backing out of the apartment and reassessing the situation instead of using lethal force.

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