Probe of Seattle Police Shooting Will Take Months

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Answers to the many questions about Sunday’s fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by two Seattle police officers likely won’t come anytime soon, reports the Seattle Times. Under federally mandated reforms stemming from a 2012 court agreement with the Department of Justice, the department’s Force Investigation Team will carry out an extensive investigation of the officers’ decision to fire after Lyles, 30, allegedly threatened them with two knives. It usually takes a few months to complete the work, which requires interviews, crime-scene investigation and forensic work.

Some information is quickly released — such as dashcam audio and video recordings of confrontations, which were provided by police on Monday. But other information is withheld until all the evidence is examined, in accordance with department policy. The results then are reviewed by the Police Department’s Force Review Board to determine if policy was followed and if any lessons can be learned. Under department policy, the Force Review Unit captain is the standing chair of the board. Other members include a representative from the Training Section, three representatives from the Patrol Operations Bureau, a representative from the Audit, Policy & Research Section and a representative from the Investigations Bureau.

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