Charleena Lyles called the police about a burglary in her home, and while the two officers were there, they say Lyles ‘confronted’ them with a knife.
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Family members of a young pregnant woman shot and killed by Seattle police demanded justice for Charleena Lyles during a Tuesday vigil and rally.
“We are here to finish this race and we will not go away and we will not grow weary,” Katrina Johnson, Lyle’s cousin, said at the vigil, making an apparent reference to the Biblical verse in the book of Isaiah that says those who place their hope in God will “run and not grow weary.”
“I don’t care how long it takes, we want justice for my cousin,” Johnson said.
Johnson was among hundreds who gathered to remember Lyles, a 30-year-old mother of four who died Sunday in a police-involved shooting after officers responded to a call regarding a robbery at her apartment. Police said Lyles was armed with a knife. Two officers opened fire, killing her.
Students and teachers at the rally outside of Lyles’ apartment carried signs that read “#SayHerName” and “Charleena’s Life Matters.” Family members remembered the woman who wrote poetry as kind.
“She was full of life,” said Lyle’s sister, Tiffany. “Her kids were her everything.”
Earlier Tuesday, audio and transcripts released by Seattle police showed that officers discussed using a Taser — but did not have one — before shooting Lyles.
The transcripts show that after the officers responded to the burglary call, there was a perfunctory discussion about an X-Box believed to be stolen, and that discussion suddenly grew tense.
“Get back, get back, get back,” an officer says, apparently to Lyles.
The other officer calls for “fast…