LAPD Shooting: Homeless woman posed no threat, witnesses say FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 12:14:26 -0700 (PDT)


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http://www.latimes.com/HOME/NEWS/STATE/t000048945.html
FWD  Los Angeles Times - Monday, May 31, 1999 {California, USA]

     2 SAW LAPD SHOOTING, GROUP SAYS

A coalition of activists demanding a full investigation into the
May 21 shooting death of a homeless woman by a Los Angeles police officer
said Sunday it has located two witnesses who say Margaret Mitchell did
not pose a threat.

"Ms. Mitchell was trying to get away and was shot," said Najee Ali, a
member of the Justice for Margaret Mitchell Coalition, standing in front
of a makeshift memorial at the corner of La Brea Avenue and 4th Street
where Mitchell was shot.

Two officers stopped Mitchell to ask if her shopping cart was stolen.
She lunged at an officer with a screwdriver and he shot her, police say.

On Sunday, the coalition said it is turning over the names of
witnesses to the U.S. Justice Department, which is investigating. Members
refused to release the names and asked that other witnesses step forward,
pledging that their identity also would be protected.

Linda Lockwood of the Wilshire Division Community Police Advisory
Board said the public should not rush to judgment. "It is a tragedy
whatever the circumstances," said Lockwood, who stopped by the scene
Sunday. "But just to bad-mouth the police without hearing both sides is
not fair."

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