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Jun
2017
Thursday 22nd
posted by Morning Star in World

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.”

 

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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.




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