Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Local | By Dorothy Bennett

Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police


Whitcomb also told GeekWire that he was not directed by Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole or Mayor Ed Murray's office to end outreach with Twitch.

Lyles' killing has prompted outrage among many, including her family, who questioned why the officers couldn't use nonlethal methods to subdue the diminutive 30-year-old and suggested that race played a role. "At some point, we have to do police reform". Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and federal court oversight of the city's police department after a Justice investigation found Seattle officers routinely used excessive force. "I grew up in a family of police officers and this is an embarrassment to the profession my grandfather and my dad chose".

The officers were responding to a burglary report called in by Lyles and knew she had a history of mental health issues, and that she had menaced two officers with metal shears in her apartment earlier in the month.

Officers fired their weapons after yelling "Get back" several times.

Lyles had four children, and three of them - ages 11, 4 and 1 - were at home when she called police.

The two officers say they had no choice but to use lethal force after Lyles allegedly tried to stab Officer Jason Anderson in the stomach and cornered Officer Steven McNew in the kitchen. In that case, she displayed a pair of long scissors at officers before dropping them.

According to audio recordings released by police, the encounter Sunday was calm and professional for about the first two minutes: Lyles allowed them into her northeast Seattle apartment and told them someone had taken a video game console.

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Lyles had been in counseling, with and without her children, and she had obtained housing past year after fighting homelessness for a decade, court records indicate. Shots were heard in the audio.

Neither officer had a stun gun, but they did have other options, either a baton or pepper spray.

She had called police that morning to report a break-in.

Lyles' family attorney James Bible criticized the release of the video and questioned the department's motives.

That doesn't mean the officers shouldn't have entered Lyles' apartment to investigate the burglary, he said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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