Recording: Police shout 'get back' before shooting of woman

"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", one officer says on the tape. However, suddenly, she attempted to attack the cops with a knife while yelling "you ready?"

A few moments later, officers are heard shouting for Lyles to "Get back!" Several children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting; none were physically injured, but seeing their mother shot and killed will likely create lasting emotional injuries. He urged his partner to use a stun gun but that officer responded: "I don't have a Taser". 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.

Michaud said officers are required to carry a less-lethal option and have a choice between a Taser, baton or pepper spray.

According to The Washington Post, Charleena Lyles called police to report a possible burglary.

An arrest report for the June 5 encounter describes Lyles as speaking bizarrely about wanting to "morph into a wolf", about the officers being devils and also members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lyles' kids stayed with her sister after the incident, court documents say.

He says Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues in the past year and was attending his Seattle church regularly while making an effort to improve her life.

At the same time, the force that SPD officers do use is, by and large, reasonable, necessary, proportional, and consistent with the Department's use of force policy, " the report said.

For the next two minutes, officers talked to Lyles about the reported breakin and began taking inventory of the missing items. According to a statement by the Seattle Police Department, although one officer is usually dispatched for these types of calls, two officers were sent because of an "increased risk" associated with the address.

"She was asking them for help with her domestic violence and they wasn't giving her none".

"When you combine race with mental illness, Ms. Lyles didn't stand a chance", she added. 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 past year.

Since then, the police department's use-of-force incidents dropped 60 percent, and a recent federal report says the officers have used de-escalation techniques. Take her to mental health!

A teenager holds a candle against a breeze 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.

"Do our lives really matter to them?

Lyles' family is concerned for her and they have a strong desire to stabilize her mental health condition before it gets worse".

"It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that Charleena Lyles died at the hands of those she had called on to help her", said Jay Ruderman, president of the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for people with disabilities.

On the audio, the woman can be heard discussing with the officers that there was a break-in. At 9:38, one of the officers' arms can be seen in the doorway.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a statement explaining that this is a "tragedy for all involved". "This will be fully investigated".

Sue Rahr, a former sheriff who heads the state Criminal Justice Training Commission, noted that circumstances determine whether officers are able to use non-lethal force or resolve a situation without force.

  • Jon Douglas