The Church Council of Greater Seattle offers our prayers of condolence, love and solidarity with the family and friends of Charleena Lyles. We stand with our partner agency, Solid Ground, in seeking justice and accountability for this tragedy.
Solid Ground CEO Gordon McHenry, Jr. wrote in a blog post about deep grief along with dedication to making our community equitable and safe for all residents:
When people move into Sand Point they are coming from the traumas of homelessness. Many of these residents struggle to overcome multiple barriers to success, including domestic violence, language barriers, mental health issues, and addiction. We promise them safe, stable housing from which to heal and build the lives they want. We tell them we work with community systems to provide support and resources. But this weekend, that promise was taken away for Charleena and her children by the inability of multiple institutions, including the housing, health, mental health and law enforcement systems. Trust has once again been broken.
As a community, Solid Ground is sick with grief for Charleena’s family and loved ones. We stand with Charleena’s family, the hundreds of residents, staff and community members who have been impacted, and concerned people across our nation.
We call for justice for Charleena. We call for accountability, starting with what we could have done better for Charleena, as well as how the police and other systems that are supposed to support and protect people did not. She called for help and she was shot.
If you wish to donate directly to Charleena’s family, please visit her gofund me page.
The City Council’s Safe Communities Committee (GESCNA), in partnership with the Community Police Commission, will host a town hall forum in response to community calls for a public hearing on officer-involved shooting of Charleena Lyles. The forum will be at University of Washington’s Kane Hall in Room 130, 4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle 98105 on Tuesday, June 27 at 6 p.m. Members of the public will have the opportunity to address Councilmembers with their thoughts and concerns. The forum will be moderated by the Office for Civil Rights Director Patricia C. Lally and livestreamed online at SeattleChannel.org/live.