Charleena Lyles, a mother of four children, was shot to death in her apartment on 18 June 2017, after the report of a burglary.
A Washington state judge recently dismissed negligence claims in a wrongful death lawsuit against two Seattle police officers involved in 2017 the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman.
The Jan. 4 ruling of King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector makes the way free for the city of Seattle – was also named as a defendant in the suit-to move the case against officers Jason Anderson and Steven McNew dismissed, the Seattle Times reported.
Charleena Lyles, a mother of four children, was shot to death in her apartment on 18 June 2017, after the report of a burglary. The officers said they attacked them with one or two knives. Her death led to protests and accusations that the shooting was racist because Lyles was Afro-American and the officers are white.
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Lawyers for the officers argued that Lyles’ death was the direct result of her commission of crimes and failure to follow the clear verbal commands of the Officers Anderson and McNew to ‘get back,'” according to the court documents.
Attorneys for Lyles estate and her children said that they suffer from a mental illness at the time of the incident. The Seattle Police Department Force Review Board cleared Anderson and McNew of any wrongdoing, according to the Times.
“We are convinced of the court’s ruling is wrong and are in the process of filing an appeal,” Karen Koehler, a lawyer for the Lyles estate and her children, said in a statement to the Times. “Sometimes cases spend a lot of time going through the court system and this is unfortunately one of them.”