THE family of a mentally ill pregnant black woman shot dead by police in Seattle on Sunday have called for justice.
Three of Chareena Lyles four children were at her flat — within a complex for former homeless families — when she called police over a burglary.
Seattle police claimed that she had brandished a knife while officers were at the scene.
Police knew Ms Lyles was mentally unwell as she had been arrested for threatening officers with shears less than a fortnight earlier.
Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal weapon — either a Taser, baton or pepper spray but neither officer had a taser.
Her family’s lawyer James Bible said: “The officers knew she was vulnerable.”
In Minneapolis, police finally released the video of 2016’s fatal police shooting of black school dinner hall worker Philando Castille after he was stopped for a faulty brake light. After Mr Castille said he was carrying a licensed handgun, Officer Jeronimo Yanez calmly told him not to draw it before suddenly firing seven times into the car.