Seattle police: No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting

Protesters marched through the streets of Seattle on June 22, chanting the name of Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old woman who was shot by the police four days earlier.But Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said a review of surveillance video shows only Lyles left and entered the apartment before Officers Steven McNew and Jason Anderson arrived.Anderson said Lyles advanced from around a counter into the kitchen toward McNew, telling investigators that “at that moment I was in, in fear that she was gonna try and kill my partner, um, ’cause she was going after him”, according to the transcript. Lyles was Black; the officers are white.In the Sunday 911 call, Lyles calls to report a break-in, telling the operator she “noticed some stuff missing” after a trip to the store.Lyles had previous run-ins with law enforcement, including an arrest almost two weeks before she was killed and another in 2014 for assault.Family members, who previously expressed concerns about her mental health, question why the officers didn’t use nonlethal methods to subdue the petite woman and have suggested race played a role. “She called them for help. Our goal is to get to the truth”. “We’ll conduct this investigation thoroughly”. She was released from jail on conditions, and her case was referred to mental-health court.Over the past year, family members say she had struggled with depression but had sought help. But she was attending his church regularly, and was making an effort to improve her life, Isabell said.Charles Lyles said his daughter liked to take her children to carnivals and do fun things with them. I could have taken her down. Lyles asks in the call, which lasted over 3 minutes and was made at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, about 45 minutes before she was shot to death.Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality and reflect on the importance of tolerance.Lyles’ father said he wants justice for his daughter, who liked to dress up and enjoyed playing little jokes on him. “They could have used other (less lethal) force”.