Charleena Lyles (Photo source: GoFundMe/ CHARLEENA LYLES #SHEHASANAME)

The police shooting of a pregnant Black mother of three children has Seattle on edge. Charleena Lyles,30, called police shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a burglary at her apartment.

When police responded to her apartment, she allegedly opened the door holding a knife in her hand. Not much is known after that other than the two responding officers felt it necessary to shoot her dead with her children ages 11, 4, and 1, inside the apartment. An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the deadly use of force against Lyles. Her children have been placed an emergency custody. There are two security cameras in the hallway that may have captured the encounter.

The Seattle Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting at this time. However, that has not stopped law enforcement officials from stating that Lyles had a minor criminal record and had spent nine days in jail. According to law enforcement officials, because of this her name and residence were flagged in records so a larger police presence was sent to her home. But what the police are not stating is the fact that the Seattle Police Department is under a federal consent decree because of its questionable use of excessive force.

As part of reforms within the Seattle Police Department, officers must undergo more de-escalation and crisis intervention training. However, a knife is considered a deadly weapon and officers are instructed to draw their weapons when encountering individuals with knives.

Family members of Lyles described her as a loving mother who suffered emotionally from the trauma of raising a child with Down syndrome. They are questioning the decision to shoot the young mother since she was a diminutive woman who called the police for help. Already her name and #CharleenaLyles is starting to circulate on social media as another victim of police violence. This has become a critical issue within the Black community, especially after the recent acquittal of Minneapolis police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed  Philando Castile whose girlfriend live streamed his death on Facebook.

The officers who killed Lyles are on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. This is the normal procedure for many police departments across the country. A

A GoFundMe campaign titled ” CHARLEENA LYLES #SHEHASANAME” has raised more than $10K in 24 hours for funeral expenses and to help her children.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • britishrose

    omg how and why do they think they can just shoot a woman down? this is sad, just sad….
    what on earth made them shoot knowing she called for a burglary? if she was the burgular she wouldnt had a knife , dont they anoylize a situation first? i see from this cops are not trained right . .this is always the case . who ever is telling them to sho0t first need to be arrested for mistraining law enforcement . who makes these rules up? what board sit around and tell officier to shoot to kill, that man could be a boy? that woman could be pregnant and running from a killer . .if she was white she would have been able to run all the way to them knife and all . white males are scary racist, and are the worst candidates for this job . they need to offer police jobs to more black men . this would solve it or have a black and white male together at all times .. since they started puting one cop per car, all this has started . we cant say who is a racist and who is just a dum as scary cop .. they are afraid ofthe guns they carry . . some are military and gun ho . loving to kill. the miltary messed up a lot of them soliders like that . 90% of the cops hired are miltary with ptsd which is mental issues . why are we still hiring them . why are they all not pulled in to a therapist and approved of before they can have a weapon . . every cop with a weapon is not qualified to have one .. if you are that dam careless to shoot a woman just cause she has a knife . it depend on what she said … the call was about a burglary why not ask her name? find out if she called . take 3 seconds to geta answer so why would you use deadly force . every dam year we got 20 or more cop killings . donald trump need to do something since obama did nothing . they know its gonna take training and they scared a lot of them fools will opt out if they know they have to be pschological evaluated . we wouldnt have any cops if they examined all these crazy fools holding a gun. how come no black cops are shooting blacks? proof

    • Chee

      Enjoyed reading your piece, well what I understood. Unfortunately your many grammatical errors made me stop reading,I could not follow but I did feel ur frustration and pain.Ya’ll it is so important to know how to read,spell and
      punctuate properly,and if you must edit (omit,replace,go over) what you’ve written in order to get ur thougts and feelings across,especially contempt for injustice and unjust treatment. Always remember in the book of Revelations chapter 21 verse 4…”no more pain and suffering”Please read in full,Rev.21:1-4 and know this is a promise from Jehovah God,who CANNOT LIE!! He truly loves his most precious creation,us!! Human beings! He sees all that is happening, who is reaponsible and will render swift true and fair Justice in his time. So in the meantime have real faith,pray for yourselves and others on this earth because those who are sleeping in death are at peace and those of us that are truly in turmoil, suffering and lost,have to live here on earth, so we must continue to endure until Jehovah enacts his will for us and the earth. So PRAY everyday to keep yourselves strong.
      Thank you,
      Chee

      • britishrose

        YOU CAN READ RIGHT ? IM NOT GONNA PROMISE YOU ANYTHING BUT THE TRUTH , I DONT WORK FOR NO ONE SO I CAN SPELL AS I WISH , YOU READ IT SO THAT MEANS YOU UNDERSTOOD IT .. I DONT SPEAK SPANISH OKKK
        and im not a english teacher , and typing is not my favorite hobby

        • Billie Jo Renee Lear

          First, thank you for responding. Second, Chee’s grammar is a disgusting example of proper grammar. Bottom line, she needs a real grammar lesson. We would not walk up to someone who less fortunate and pick them apart for their clothes but some how we think it is ok to do it to people who do not have the benefit of the same education as us? Some of us are clearly lost. She topped that with ‘pray the pain away’. I am sick with this world. :'( I share you sentiment and your pain. This is horrible. I am sick of opening my media to another African American person shot every day. IT NEEDS TO END! “Good training” is not good enough! PUT these officers in jail. THAT is how you stop this. That is the ONLY WAY It will ever stop. Although the numbers are higher among African American people, it happens to all peoples in this country. It is time to hold the officers responsible!

          • Rediet Sebsebie

            someone’s dead and we are concerned about grammar…

          • Billie Jo Renee Lear

            🙁 truth

      • Oak510finest

        @Che Do you think it’s logical to tell a group of people that have suffered tremendously at the hands of another people. To pray the pain and suffering away? Especislly, since they have already been praying for over 500yrs. Hoping for any relief from the unspeaksble acts that they had to endure?

        At what point do you begin to try a new approach? Especially, we you can quantify that praying for yourself and enemy. Has not brought one single result.

        • Ronald Burgess

          Shut up, you stupid racist moron.

          • Oak510finest

            @Ronald Burgess What the fizzle!! Another keyboard klansman ebony man meat stalker is on the loose. Does anyone know how to lock cages anymore? Geesh!!?

      • Bonita Adams

        Spelling your worried about spelling? Who r u. A black woman id gunned down after calling for help!! And your eorried about spelling. Get your priorities straight.

  • Oak510finest

    Race soldiers posing as cops are at it again. These race soldiers love going after “soft”targets like women or children. Just like they did with Korryn Gaines shooting her and her 5yr old son.

  • Chrisa1

    Calling all my beautiful black people from around the world! Let’s stop all the discussions; pull 2gether & really make this change happen. I’m all in on starting back up (Black Panthers) again. For every 1 of us they’ll b 3 of them! I need 2 God fearing men 2 start this & we all follow. If I get enough of us in; we’ll get 2gether 1 day this year (giving everyone a chance 2 get up $ & figure out where will have this 1st meeting at) O & btw I hope the plp who did this get what they deserve!

  • Jason

    They have let Blacks know what it is. Blacks have to accept it and act accordingly. White Supremacy is attempting to wipe out Black people. You can stick your head in the sand, or you can get into a military mindset of vigilance.

  • La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith

    So you call the cops for help and then come to the door with a knife in your hand. Makes all the sense in the world, NOT!!

  • Kaykay Spencer

    When she open The Door while he shoot her what happend to put them wepon down The call said she think someone beark in her House now come On why wouldn’t she come to The Door with it be real now

  • Tiara Renee Moore

    This s*** is disgusting and it has to stop when is it going to stop I’m so tired of hearing about my people being hurt Slade and everybody just walks away like they don’t count it’s disgusting

  • Perrie Jackson Brown

    This is an outrageous incident that shouldn’t have happened, if the call was made of a prowler at her apartment. They should have made their present known to the victim before killing her. I understand she was scared for her children & her safety. The prowler should have been arrested, if resisted yes he should have been shot not the caller of distress! Is it that we have trigger happy cops, and ask questions later after the fact? Now, these children are without a mother that can’t be brought back to life to care for her children. This case is sad! What did the bodycam display?

  • Vilma Heath

    This is so horrible horrible that happened to this poor woman, police officers really need to be retraining and so this situation won’t happen to someone again and hurt their families

  • Billie Jo Renee Lear

    I look over the ongoing posts that continue to call out racism as they call people ‘white people’ but say it is wrong to call African American people ‘black people’. In 2011, in my tiny town in Upstate New York, a NYS police officer, off duty, was not charged and did not serve ONE DAY in jail after hitting an innocent man in the road while driving drunk. The news paper all but said it was perfectly fine that the left the scene and failed to report this because the man had a criminal record. They criminalized the victim. Sound familiar?

    I have watched drunk officers and sober officers commit acts against the people of this town simply because they can and my people feel helpless to do anything. Where were those people of other races? Why didn’t they say anything or help us?

    They did nothing. They did nothing NOT because they are horrible racists but because they do not live here and they can not do anything. It is the job of the tax payers of this tiny little town to change the policy, vote the people out, and decide whether or not we want to keep this police station around. It is OUR JOB to fix the problems in OUR community.

    So I ask you, all of you who continue to claim, it is my ‘white people’ job to come to your city and fix your problems and if I do not, I am racist… WHY are not taking action with the power YOUR VOTE to cure this issue? WHY do you allow this to continue? Oh, I see people talking about a war…yea that will be productive, until it is not and the racist, for profit, justice system will be the beneficiary of that attempt. OR you could get all the people IN YOUR COMMUNITY together and put in place policy to protect anyone being targeted by police. YOU can vote out racists on your board. YOU can vote a racist police chief. YOU Can vote to CLOSE a police station. YOU can vote for policy to hold a police officer in YOUR city accountable.

    WHEN do you stop criminalizing me, personally, for a problem that belongs to YOUR city? It is not the job of Baltimore to solve the issues in NYC. IT is not the job of Broadalbin to solve the problems in Mayfield.

    YOU have the power to turn this all around. Your vote, your voice, and your right to be in charge of YOUR TAX DOLLARS can change everything. Do it. Do it one city, town, area at a time and do it now! Do not wait another moment to begin to learn about the place where you live. Do not wait another minute to learn the laws that protect these officers. Do not wait another moment to learn WHAT YOU NEED TO DO to change this horrible history! <3