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Seattle officer in pregnant woman’s fatal shooting: “I don’t have a taser”

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 to respond to an attempted burglary, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Lyl.Lyles’ killing came less than two weeks after authorities say she threatened officers with long metal shears when they responded to a domestic disturbance at her home.SEATTLE (AP) – Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises.Distraught and teary-eyed, Lyles’ family members told police that the mother of three was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental health issues over the past year.The officers involved in the shooting have not yet been identified, but were placed on paid leave, per agency policy.Near the beginning of the roughly four-minute police audio recording, before they reach the apartment, the officers discuss a “safety caution” about the address and a previous law enforcement interaction with the woman. Florida Carroll holds her grandson Quayvis Carroll as they visit a memorial for a woman set up outside an apartment building at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.Lyles’ sister, Monika Williams said her sister suffered from mental problems and was recently released from prison after being detained for getting in the way of a public official and two counts of harassment.”We would expect that the Seattle Police Department would deploy people with the right training and the right protocol to unarm, disarm someone that has a knife”, NAACP’s Kenny Pleasant said.There were three children inside the home at the time of the shooting, police said.Attorney James Bible said Tuesday that family members are heartbroken and hurting over the death of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four other children.Before entering the premises, the officers are heard talking about an incident that happened on June 5 between Lyles and other officers.She was seated on a couch with a young child and two officers drew their service pistols, commanding her to drop the scissors, reports say.The footage, which is from the officers’ dash cam and from a camera in the hallway outside the woman’s apartment, does not show the Sunday shooting.In the recording – issued by Seattle police – officers can be heard shouting, “Hey!” They asked her about the video game console she was reporting stolen. The children were not injured, police said.Lyles’ case should be forwarded to a mental health court, the report said. “Get back!” the officers can be heard saying, before the loud sounds of multiple gunshots occur, and the audio abruptly stops.Seattle police said the officers immediately performed first aid, but medics arrived and determined she had died. At 9:38, one of the officers’ arms can be seen in the doorway. In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the USA, compared to just 27 percent of whites.O’Toole promised the department’s investigation into the shooting would be transparent and “that we’ll go where the truth takes us”. “This will be fully investigated”, he said.Seattle has been under a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that resolved allegations of unconstitutional policing. However, officers need to decide if they have time to use those weapons of if they have to resort to lethal force.