How Seattle's criminal justice system failed Charleena Lyles
By AARON MORRISON, Senior Writer
"She had four kids come out of her — I still don’t understand how she stayed the same size," he told a few hundred supporters who had gathered for a vigil Tuesday in Seattle to protest yet another police-involved killing of a black person.
The 30-year-old mother’s physical build and her documented history of mental illness made the circumstances of her shooting death
"What we want to put out there is, if they suspected or knew that there might have been some sort of mental instability, for whatever reason, why didn’t they send officers who were trained with that type of information?" Andre Taylor, a spokesperson for the Lyles family, said in a phone interview.
In Seattle, Lyles' death puts her at the intersection of several social justice issues. Excessive
"She was a powerful lady," Tiffany Rogers, Lyles' younger sister, said tearfully at the vigil. "I would have never thought in a million years that it would have happened to my sister."
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