Family and friends remember pregnant woman shot dead by police

At one point, Lyles says, "Get ready motherf***ers", according to a transcript of the tape provided by Seattle police. She called the police on him.

Lyles was also reportedly three months pregnant when she was shot.

Lyles is then heard uttering a profanity, before one officer says over his radio, "We need help", and again orders her to "get back", followed by the sound of four to five gunshots in rapid succession. He would not say whether any children witnessed the shooting - but said there were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Many on social media are outraged at Charleena's death, particularly given her race, her mental health issues, and that she was pregnant. In a previous study, 70 percent of African Americans reported feeling incidents of police misconduct are handled poorly in the US, compared to just 27 percent of whites.

In a statement released with the audio, police noted that both officers were equipped with "less lethal force options".

"Ain't none of y'all leaving here today", Lyles told the cops, according to a police report of the incident. Lyles was then heard saying, "Do it!"

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 decree was put in place after a Department of Justice investigation concluded that Seattle officers escalated situations, and used unnecessary or excessive force, when arresting individuals for minor offenses, according to a 2011 federal report.

A day after the shooting of a 30-year-old pregnant mother of four by Seattle Police, neighbors tell Q13 News they are distraught.

It shows the moments leading up to the point where police say the woman confronted two officers while she was wielding two knives. The officers clearly stated in the recording that they knew that the woman was mentally unstable and knew of a previous incident where she had brandished metal shears at the law enforcement to prevent them from entering her house.

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Armed with all of that information, barring Charleena Lyles having a gun or bomb that morning, she should not have been shot or killed. According to Andre Taylor, the brother of Che Taylor, the family has been put in touch with attorney James Bible, who represented Che's family after he was fatally shot by Seattle police in previous year.

- The two officers were white. "Why couldn't they have Tased her?" asked Lyles' sister, Monika Williams.

On June 5, she reported a domestic violence incident involving the father of two of her children, police said.

"As a Seattle Public Schools parent, Charleena Lyles was part of our education family", Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian said.

Family members of Lyles questioned why police didn't use a Taser or other non-lethal options when they knew she had been struggling with mental health issues.

A child steps over burned-out candles at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed at her apartment a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle. Take her to mental health!

"Do our lives really matter to them?"

Lyles lived in Brettler Family Place, a complex of apartments for formerly homeless people operated by Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in a statement Sunday called the shooting a tragedy. "This will be fully investigated". What's not yet clear is whether the officers had the time or physical space to use de-escalation techniques, and whether the presence of children influenced the decision to use deadly force.

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