A Seattle police department video in which an officer playing a gun-related video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed online after facing backlash.
The video posted Wednesday showed Sergeant Sean Whitcomb discussing the death of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles after she was shot dead by police in her Seattle apartment two days earlier.
He was playing the first-person shooter game Destiny as he spoke of Lyles' death.
The video was part of a recent effort by the department to engage a new audience on Twitch.tv - a platform on which people can livestream themselves playing video games and talking.
The Seattle police department video posted Wednesday showed Sergeant Sean Whitcomb (right) discussing the death of Charleena Lyles, 30, (left) after she was shot dead by police in her apartment two days earlier
Whitcomb was playing the first-person shooter game Destiny as he spoke of Lyles' death. A grab of the livestream of Whitcomb on Twitch.tv is shown above
Previous versions have included members of the department's public information office blasting aliens in the game Destiny while discussing law-enforcement related topics.
But the department faced immediate backlash following the video of Sgt. Whitcomb with many slamming it as inappropriate and insensitive given Lyles was shot dead.
Whitcomb's video-game character was seen walking around and did not fire any shots while the officer was speaking.
The video was initially linked on the department's official Twitter feed, but it had been set to private on Friday following the online outcry.
'Yes, Seattle PD really did discuss the shooting of #CharleenaLyles over a Twitch Feed while playing video games. They are that tone deaf and insensitive,' one person wrote on Facebook.
Another wrote: 'Y'all, an SPD sergeant, Sean Whitcomb, decided to play a violent video game while discussing #CharleenaLyles death. SPD tweeted the link in support. But tell me again that all lives matter. I dare you.'
The video was initially linked on the department's official Twitter feed (pictured above), but it was taken down on Friday following online backlash
The department has since said it would no longer use Twitch.
Police released video footage and audio recordings this week of the moment Lyles was shot dead in her apartment last Sunday.
Lyles, who police say has a history of mental illness, called police to report a robbery but she allegedly snapped shortly after two officers - Steven McNew and Jason Anderson - entered her apartment to take her report.
Police said the officers fatally shot Lyles with three of her four children present after she confronted them with two knives
Police said the officers fatally shot Lyles with three of her four children present after she confronted them with two knives.
According to audio recordings released by police, Lyles and the officers can be heard calmly talking about someone taking her video game console.
There are sounds of rapid movement when a confrontation broke out and Lyles could be heard yelling 'Get ready, motherf***ers!'.
The police could be heard repeatedly warning her to get back before five shots were fired.
In the 911 call to police in which Lyle asked officers to come to her home, the mother of four told the dispatcher she had gone to a store and come home to find someone had broken in.
Whitcomb said a review of surveillance video shows in the hours before the call that no one other than Lyle had entered her apartment.
The killing has prompted outrage among many, including Lyles' family, who questioned why the officers couldn't use nonlethal methods to subdue the petite woman, and suggested race played a role. Lyles was black, while the officers were white.
Neither officer had a stun gun, but they had either a baton or pepper spray.
Lyles, pictured with her four children, had only recently found out she was three months pregnant with her fifth child
Security footage from the building's hallway showed the two officers standing outside before they began speaking with Lyles on Sunday
'They're trying to portray her as someone who wanted police to kill her - which is a bold-face lie,' her father Charles Lyles said. 'She called them for help. They ended up coming in and killing her.'
Police and the mayor say the shooting will be investigated and under the watch of a federal court monitoring team.
On June 5, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction and harassment after police say she refused officers' orders to drop metal shears.
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