Women of color recognized at Charleena Lyles public healing

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Don Alexander, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, closes out the public hearing in front of Seattle City Council involving the officer-involved killing of Charleena Lyles. He says that if you want to change, you need to go and knock down the doors of those in power and demand change. (Photo by Jayna Harrell)

After the death of Charleena Lyles, a black pregnant mother shot and killed by two Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant requested a public hearing at the UW’s Kane Hall between the Lyles family and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

The chief, however, declined to participate. O’Toole’s response stated Sawant’s request via email had “a disappointing level of ignorance of SPD policies and clear disdain for the investigatory process and review that SPD is court mandated to follow.” SPD has, however, done such public hearings before. The department held a heated public discussion last year with family after Che Taylor, a black man, died at the hands of SPD. O’Toole went on to write that had Sawant “expressed any interest in our work over the past three years…we would have gladly welcomed the invitation to engage.”

Via The Daily

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