It is unknown how many teachers and staff members will take part in the rally, but in a release put out by the organizing group they said that they are grieving with the family, supporting them, and standing with them in solidarity. You'd be hard-pressed to meet a single African-American who wouldn't have at least a small reservation before dialing 911 for help from the police.
Lyles was also reportedly pregnant at the time.
The department released an audio tape of Sunday's encounter in which officers can be heard shouting, "Get back!"
Seattle police have acknowledged that the responding officers could have used a different method to subdue Lyles if they feared for their safety.
Lyles was dealing with mental health issues, according to family.
Buchman said the complex "has never had a police shooting" and the incident "far outstrips anything" they've ever seen.
The Blotter posting indicates that "both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy". Family members have questioned why police didn't use non-lethal options when they knew Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues.
Police were also called to Lyles's apartment June 5 on reports of a domestic disturbance.
"The officers immediately performed first aid", but medics arrived and determined she had died, the Police Department said.
Lyles' relatives maintain that even if she was armed with a knife, the officers could have overpowered her due to her "tiny" stature.
The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol auto, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said.
The deadly shooting is expected to be reviewed by the department's Force Investigation Team and the Office of Professional Accountability, according to the mayor and city police Chief Kathleen O'Toole. Charleeena was Black, and the two officers are white.
Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said Lyles had a recent "encounter" with police, who have been called to her apartment several times before - a history that warranted the dispatch of two officers rather than one. The officers clearly stated in the recording that they knew that the woman was mentally unstable and knew of a previous incident where she had brandished metal shears at the law enforcement to prevent them from entering her house.
The Seattle Police Department has not confirmed the identities of the officers or their races. Police say Charleena had a knife, prompting them to shoot her in front of her children. She claimed an Xbox was taken from her apartment. "They are being cared for by other family members at this time".
Moments later, one of the officer reports she has a knife and Lyles is heard in the background.
In the audio recording, the responding officers can be heard talking about previous encounters with Lyles.
"Do our lives really matter to them?" asked Kenny Isabell, a cousin.
"Lyles' family is concerned for her and they have a strong desire to stabilize her mental health condition before it gets worse".
"Wait, is this the one with like the three kids?" one officer says on the audio before the shooting. "This will be fully investigated".
"The investigation found that SPD officers escalate situations, and use unnecessary or excessive force, when arresting individuals for minor offenses".
A court-appointed monitor overseeing use-of-force reforms has found that in responding to roughly 10,000 incidents a year in which people are in behavioral crisis, Seattle officers use force just 2 percent of the time.