The Seattle police released the audio of the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles in front of her children.
As previously reported, two white Seattle cops shot and killed a pregnant Charleena Lyles in front of her children. The cops were responding to a call from Charleena Lyles about the burglary of her apartment, and the result somehow someway was the shooting and killing of Charleena Lyles by the two cops. We now at least have some audio of the incident provided by Seattle PD.
Listening to the audio you can hear the officers as they are going to respond to call, where they speak of how Lyles is the woman with the “three kids” and “how her and her daughter were gonna turn into wolves.” Both of these statements bring to light that the officers did, in fact, know that there would most likely be kids in the house and that Lyles has mental-health issues.
In the audio clip, you can hear the conversation between Lyles and the officers, and it is your run of mill fact gathering run until the end of Lyles listing the items, where you hear one of the officers yell “Get back” and the other goes over the air on his radio. After that, you hear the gunshots which left Charleena Lyles dead.
At this point, all we have is the narrative that Lyles had a knife and was coming at the officers which lead to them shooting and killing the pregnant mother of three.
We seem to be in some sort of insanity loop. Where black lives are bing taken by the cops so frequently that we can almost play out how this entire process and proceeding investigation will play out. A pregnant woman that has been described by her family as a petite woman should not have been seen as a lethal threat to two male officers, and that is with or without a knife. Lyles sister, Monika Williams summed it up best when she told The Stranger,
“Even if my sister had a knife in her hand, she weighs like nothing, even if she’s soaking wet,” Williams told The Stranger. “There’s no way you could’ve taken a taser and taken her down? There’s no way you could’ve taken a baton and knocked the knife out of her hand?”
At what point does enough become enough?