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While the effort likely meant to make the city's officers more available to the Seattle residents, it backfired when its public affairs director Sgt. Sean Whitcomb used Twitch to address questions surrounding the death of Lyles, a pregnant woman shot and killed by officers in her home after reporting a burglary.

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Seattle police released the 911 call, additional surveillance video and details of the Charleena Lyles shooting on Thursday, less than a week after officers opened fire on the pregnant mother with her children present in her Seattle apartment.

Her shocking death has left her family and community members outraged as they denounce the deadly use of force on Lyles, who was expecting her fifth child.

He said McNew, a Seattle officer since 2008, asked him to stun Lyles. They calmly discuss an X-Box video game console being taken and roughly 15 seconds later, officers could be heard saying "Get back!"

Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, police said. "And that's why we have to say, once again, murder is murder is murder is murder".

Police also on Thursday released the audio of Lyles' Sunday morning 911 call asking for an officer to respond to her Seattle apartment for a break-in, The Seattle Times reported (https://goo.gl/atTsw6 ).

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Suddenly, though, a confrontation erupted. "I grew up in a family of police officers and this is an embarrassment to the profession my grandfather and my dad chose".

Lyles had four children, and three of them - ages 11, 4 and 1 - were at home when she called police.

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The hallway video from her apartment showed Lyles leaving and entering, but didn't show anyone else going inside her unit.

"What this sounds like is that police want to form some kind of inference, that either she's mentally ill or that she's flat out lying and trying to get officers to the apartment", Bible told the newspaper.

"There will be a thorough investigation", Whitcomb said.

Anderson said the conversation with Lyles began normally, involving what was missing in the apartment, before Lyles drew the knife as her "face changed completely".

  • Phil Peters