Seattle mayor candidates react to shooting with sorrow, concern, calls for change

Candidates for Seattle mayor are reacting to the fatal shooting by police of Charleena Lyles, calling it “deeply unjust,” “devastating” and “a tragedy on many levels.”

Candidates for Seattle mayor are reacting to the fatal shooting Sunday by police officers of a 30-year-old woman who had reported an attempted burglary at her home.

“My heart weighs heavy. The sanctity of human life must be at the forefront of all things,” Bob Hasegawa, a state senator, posted on Facebook.

Two Seattle Police Department officers killed Charleena Lyles in her Magnuson Park apartment after responding to her call.

There were children in the home at the time of the incident, police said, and family members said Lyles had mental-health issues and was several months pregnant.

At some point, police said, she displayed a knife and the officers shot and killed her.

Charleena Lyles shooting

Mayoral candidates Hasegawa and Nikkita Oliver took part in a vigil Sunday night outside the apartment complex where the shooting occurred. Former State Rep. Jessyn Farrell also attended, a campaign spokeswoman said.

And a number of candidates took to social media. Oliver, an educator and attorney, wrote on Twitter: “Tonight I am honoring the life of #CharleenaLyles and reflecting on her deeply unjust death.”

Lyles’ death was “a tragedy on many levels,” Farrell said in a Facebook post. “Obviously, our most immediate concern is for her three children, who must receive all the care and love our community can offer,” she wrote.

“As with any officer-involved shooting, there must be a full and fair inquiry into the circumstances and the need for deadly force. This is why we must continue pursuing transparency and reforms in SPD, so that a community shaken by loss can be assured their concerns are being addressed, and we can begin to rebuild trust between our police force and our citizens.”

Farrell added, “Finally, we must review…

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