Say Her Name: Charleena Lyles
Yet another black woman has been shot and killed by police.
On Sunday, Chareleena Lyles phoned Seattle police to report an attempted burglary at her apartment.
The two officers who responded to the scene — both white men — claimed Lyles brandished a knife.
This prompted them to open fire and kill Charleena, the Seattle Times reported.
Lyles was 30 years old and three months pregnant with her fifth child when she was killed by police.
According to the Washington Post, three of her children were present at the apartment when the officers shot her dead.
“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” Monika Williams, Lyles’ sister, yelled at reporters outside Lyles’ apartment Sunday, the Seattle Times reported.
“The Seattle police shot the wrong one today.”
It is a bleak reality that Lyles is the third black woman to be killed by police officers in the United States this year.
She is the second who was pregnant at the time of her death.
Another black woman Alteria Woods was shot and killed during a SWAT team raid on her boyfriend’s apartment in Gifford, Florida on March 19. Woods was four months pregnant.
May They Rest In Peace.