Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police

Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police

Friends and family members said the 30-year-old pregnant woman, who was shot and killed by Seattle police this week, was so much more than what authorities are saying.

This footage shows the protesters chanting "Black Lives Matter" as they march down Seattle's Virginia Street.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/atTsw6 ) police released the surveillance video Thursday along with audio of Lyles' 911 call asking for an officer to respond to her apartment for a break-in. Her family and community members blasted their decision to use deadly force on the mother of four and questioned why other alternatives weren't used.

Security footage from the building's hallway showed the two officers standing outside before they began speaking with Lyles on June 18.

Neither officer had a stun gun, but they did have other options, either a baton or pepper spray.

"Her life wasn't flawless, like none of us are", he said. That police report described Lyles as having "armed herself with a pair of extra long metal shears" and that she had been "threatening the officers".

Anderson, who joined the department in 2015, said he drew his pistol, asked for fast backup on his radio and, along with McNew, told Lyles to "get back".

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Whitcomb also told GeekWire that he was not directed by Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole or Mayor Ed Murray's office to end outreach with Twitch.

Even if he had brought the Taser, Anderson maintains in police transcripts it would not have been the "appropriate" tool for handling Lyles' abrupt and seemingly violent outburst toward the officers.

But a video posted Wednesday in which Sgt. Sean Whitcomb discussed Sunday's fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles struck many as inappropriate, although Whitcomb's video-game character just walked around rather than firing any shots.

The mother of four said in the call that she had gone to a store and come home to find someone had broken in.

Three children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, police said.

"I don't care what she was going through or what anybody was trying to bring on her, she would hit it with a smile", Williams said. "Get back!" and "We need help" before gunfire erupts.

"There will be a thorough investigation", Whitcomb said.

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