Black Woman, Charleena Lyles, Shot Dead By 2 White Seattle Cops In Front Of Her Kids (Video)

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(Reuters) Two white Seattle police officers on Sunday fatally shot a 30-year-old black mother who had called them to investigate a burglary and whose family said had deteriorating mental health.

Both Seattle Police Department officers opened fire on the woman, named by family as Charleena Lyles, inside the apartment building after they said she confronted them brandishing a knife, police said. She died at the scene.

There were several children inside the apartment during Sunday's incident, though they were uninjured, police said.

"There is no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies," Monika Williams, the sister of the slain woman, told reporters outside the apartment building. "She had mental health issues that nobody is trying to address."

The incident comes four days after Lyles was released from King County Jail following her arrest on June 5 for threatening police officers with large kitchen scissors inside her small and cluttered apartment, according to a police incident report filed in Seattle Municipal Court.

During a tense standoff with officers, two of whom had weapons drawn, the woman told police they were "devils and also members of the KKK," a reference to the white-supremacy group, the police report said of the earlier incident. An officer was able to convince the woman to drop the scissors and she was arrested.

The report also said family members told police Lyles was experiencing a sudden decline in her mental health condition and had not behaved similarly in the past.

A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a e-mail asking whether the officers on June 5 were the same officers who shot Lyles on Sunday, or whether the officers had received training on how to properly handle a mental health or domestic crisis.

The police statement said two officers were required to respond because of "information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers".

Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave as the department investigates the shooting, police said.

The Seattle Police Department has been implementing court-ordered reforms since 2012 to address what a U.S. Justice Department investigation found to be a pattern of excessive force by officers that often arose during encounters with the mentally ill or drug-addled suspects.

Federal investigators also found evidence of biased policing.

Several mourners gathered outside the apartment complex early on Sunday evening for a vigil and memorial for Lyles, according to photos posted online by local media.

Photos of Lyles and her children were posted on black plastic chairs and people brought placards that read Black Lives Matter, a movement that grew out of protests against the police killings of unarmed black men in a number of cities across the United States.

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Comment by tommy dollar on June 20, 2017 at 8:23am
People where these crimes happen have to start doing s*** the old way. Start show up at these cops house. Show up at these juries houses burn them s**** down drag the cracker A** out on the streets beat them to death. I'm sorry to say but that's all white America understands. They don't hear your marches. They don't hear the voices of the mothers who kids get murder. But if you go drag some white m*********** up and down the street oh yeah they will hear that.
Comment by tommy dollar on June 20, 2017 at 8:20am
It's funny blks got a gun or a knife they dead. But these white crackers could be in a house wit a million guns it's called a standoff these crackers be ordering cigs, food, everything durning the standoff. But yup the have to kill blks huh and dumb a** and white crackers let these pieces of s*** go
Comment by tommy dollar on June 20, 2017 at 8:16am
Bingo you sound dumb as f*** I hope your moms get shot and die bro. Everybody always got something f*** up to say when it Anint your family. Blks get killed it's cool. But wait till they start killing them Lil cracker baby's and oh yeah it's gonna happen. Or when it's your moms or your aunt or your dad or brother. But I hope non of you go thru that. But if you dumb enough to think cops have to shoot these people your momma should get shot in her face. So you can say ohhhhh they didn't have to do that. LOOK IT UP DUMB A** MURDER IS MURDER THE LAW DONT SAY UNLESS A COP DO IT. ITS MURDER PERIOD NO MATTER WHO DO. DOES NOT MAKE IT BETTER OR OK CAUSE I COP DO IT. YOU HAVE COPS THATS SERIAL KILLERS OUT ITS CRAZY
Comment by ThaKid on June 19, 2017 at 8:00pm
Sounds justified. She threaten cops before with scissors and she threaten cops again with a knife. I blame her family for letting her have kids and letting her take care of them.
Comment by darren on June 19, 2017 at 6:32pm
Whats it gonna take? really now a defenseless mother no gun no knife or held at gunpoint on nobody / just kill & slide off no suspencion full pay,not guilty,after this there headed to another city,if there not going too Court...they kill disordered people & Mental aswell....time too strap up..
Comment by Bongo Jones on June 19, 2017 at 1:04pm
Yeaaahhh... if someone is known to have that many mental issues I place the blame one whever let her keep the kids and live without a keeper. sounds like she was a legitimate danger. shame she got shot. poor kids....
Comment by Castro_Dollaz_AKA_Shilees_PIMP on June 19, 2017 at 12:17pm
@fthheworld. I hate you are scum and should be castrated
Comment by F***THEWORLD on June 19, 2017 at 10:19am
She has mental illness and she has two kids? Why would they even let her have kids at all?! She had to be supervised and she has two kids... And yes cops will kill u if ur holding a knife, so u can try to blame them all u want but it was their own (the family's) fault.
Comment by Ze' on June 19, 2017 at 10:14am
Shoot to kill. Cus apparently u its too dangerous to shoot a knife wielding woman in the kneecaps or any other body part that may disable her from attacking. Pure f****** cowards.

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