The police shooting of a pregnant Black mother of three children has Seattle on edge. Charleena Lyles,30, called police shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a burglary at her apartment.
When police responded to her apartment, she allegedly opened the door holding a knife in her hand. Not much is known after that other than the two responding officers felt it necessary to shoot her dead with her children ages 11, 4, and 1, inside the apartment. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the deadly use of force against Lyles. Her children have been placed an emergency custody. There are two security cameras in the hallway that may have captured the encounter.
The Seattle Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting at this time. However, that has not stopped law enforcement officials from stating that Lyles had a minor criminal record and had spent nine days in jail. According to law enforcement officials, because of this her name and residence were flagged in records so a larger police presence was sent to her home. But what the police are not stating is the fact that the Seattle Police Department is under a federal consent decree because of its questionable use of excessive force. (Rolling Out)