Seattle Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Officers Who Fatally Shot Pregnant Woman

A Washington state judge has rejected claims in a unjust death suit filed by the family of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant baby of four who was killed by Seattle police.

The Jan. 4 summary sentence by King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector dismissed the claims against Officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew with sexism, according to The Seattle Times. When a client is rejected with racism, it cannot be refiled but may be appealed to a higher court.

A lawsuit filed against the city by Lyles’ family still stands.

Lyles, 30, was fatally photographed on June 18, 2017, after reporting a crime at her Northeast Seattle apartment. Anderson and McNew said Lyles tackled them at the background and came after them with a bayonet. She was shot seven terms and croaked at the scene.

In the wake of the shooting, questions were raised about why the officers did not use nonlethal violence on Lyles, who weighed less than 100 pounds and had mental health matters.

According to transcripts of interviews with the officers, when Lyles moved toward them with the spear, McNew expected Anderson to use a Taser on her. Anderson said he did not have his Taser — he had left it in his locker — and they both film her.

Three of her children is currently in accommodation at the time of the shooting. Harmonizing to a transcript of McNew’s interview, “one of the little babies” crawled into the office after the shooting and rested “his head against” his mother’s body.

“There is no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies, ” Lyles’ sister, Monika Williams, told reporters at the time. “She had mental health issues that nobody is trying to address.”

Her death sparked an protest in the city and allegations that the shooting was racially motivated because Lyles was African-American and the two officers are white.

Still, a Seattle police review board found the shooting was vindicated.

Among the allegations levied in the lawsuit by Lyles’ family is a claim that Seattle police violated her civil rights and the Americans with Disorder Act because she was suffering from a “significant mental illness condition.”

The patrolmen played in self-defense, their attorneys argued.

“Ms. Lyles’ death is a direct result of her commissioning of trespass and failure to follow the clear verbal requires of Officers Anderson and McNew to’ get back, ’” the attorneys wrote in tribunal papers, the Times reported.

Spector’s ruling did not include a detailed analysis of her findings.

The family’s attorney, Karen Koehler, said she will appeal the ruling.

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