Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police

A memorial to Charleena Lyles grows outside the Brettler Family Place on Tuesday. Friends and family of Charleena Lyles shot and killed at the complex Sunday by Seattle police held a vigil for her

On a weekday afternoon in March, Seattle police officers fenced off a city block as they tried to persuade a suicidal man in the middle of a downtown street to drop a knife.

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 the cops' decision to use deadly force: "Why couldn't they have Tased her?" said Lyles' sister, Monika Williams.

He said McNew, a Seattle officer since 2008, asked him to stun Lyles.

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest march Tuesday night, and responses from the city's mayoral candidates after Lyles was killed included calls for improved mental health systems, further changes in police training and demands for transparency in the shooting's investigation. They nevertheless found themselves with little time to react when she snapped about two minutes after they began taking her report.

Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, police said.

'She hit the floor, ' McNew said.

But the other officer replied, 'I don't have a Taser, ' according to the police audio of the shooting.

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"What this sounds like is that police want to form some kind of inference, that either she's mentally ill or that she's flat out lying and trying to get officers to the apartment", Bible told the newspaper.

The pregnant woman fatally shot by Seattle police loved to sing and dance.

On June 5, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction and harassment after police say she refused officers' orders to drop metal shears.

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

Lyles had been in counseling, with and without her children, and she had obtained housing previous year after fighting homelessness for a decade, court records indicate.

The mother of four said in the 911 call that she had gone out and come home to find someone had broken in. "Get back!" and "We need help" before gunfire erupts.

Along with the transcripts, police also released images of what appear to be kitchen knives as well as a diagram of Lyles' apartment. "We'll conduct this investigation thoroughly".

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