Seattle officer in pregnant woman's fatal shooting: "I don't have a taser"

Zamirah Cacho, center, is embraced by Mykla Gainey, left, and a staff member from a nearby community center at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in.

#CharleenaLyles was pregnant, called the police to report a burglary.

"Hey! Get back! Get back!" an officer shouts before gunfire erupts. "There were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured".

The audio is linked to the dash-cam of the patrol cars of both responding officers, police said. In that incident, police say the woman armed herself with a pair of extra long metal shears and wouldn't drop them after multiple requests. Seattle officers are given the option of carrying a taser, pepper spray or a baton as a less-than-lethal option, the paper reports.

Furthermore, police forces all over the world are creating very simple solutions to help disarm people with knives or scissors, which Lyles was allegedly holding during a separate incident on June 5.

A BuzzFeed report from January examined 62 cases from 2008 to 2016 in which video evidence contradicted the official accounts police officers gave to describe incidents involving use of force, some resulting in the deaths of the subjects stopped by officials.

Before arriving, police were told of an increased risk to officers. Within a few minutes of the officers' arrival, she was shot dead by the responding police.

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Friends and loving neighbors told me that Charleena had been struggling with mental health challenges.

The shooting is being reviewed by the Seattle Police Department's Force Investigation Team, and its Office of Professional Accountability. At some point, police said, the woman confronted them with a knife, and both officers fired their weapons.

James Bible, an attorney representing relatives of Lyles, said Tuesday that "the officers knew she was vulnerable" when they went to her apartment.

He said she was depressed but not violent and "was going through some things in her life".

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

"Motherf--s,". All these were revealed in an audio recording, which was released by the Seattle police department. As if that weren't bad enough, she was shot in front of several children and her family says she was pregnant.

On the audio, the woman can be heard discussing with the officers that there was a break-in. There's no way you could've taken a taser and taken her down?

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When police arrived at the apartment, where her three young children were present, the woman began talking about the burglary calmly but then allegedly suddenly came at officers with a knife yelling "you ready?"

"Do our lives really matter to them?" asked Kenny Isabell, a cousin.

Lyles lived at the Brettler Family Place Apartments near Magnuson Park. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised. Local high school teacher and activist Jesse Hagopian speaks as several dozen people attend a vigil outside the apartment building of Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old woman who was shot by police after she called them.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has promised a thorough review of what led up to Lyles death.

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", Murray said.

"The investigation found that SPD officers escalate situations, and use unnecessary or excessive force, when arresting individuals for minor offenses".

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