LAPD Shooting Of Homeless Woman: Protesters Call It Race-Based

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 28 May 1999 00:22:40 -0700 (PDT)


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There have been protests over the shooting almost every day since it
happened. Another vigil is planned for tonight at the site of the shooting.

http://www.cbs2.com/news/stories/news-990527-200346.html
FWD  [Los Angeles TV] Channel 2000 - May 27, 1999

     SHOOTING OF HOMELESS WOMAN PROTESTED

     Activists Call It Another Race-Based Killing

     Erik Nelson, Channel 2000 Staff Writer

Los Angeles police came under more fire from protesters today over last
Friday's fatal shooting of a homeless woman in Hancock Park.

About 40 people marched outside police headquarters demanding an
independent investigation into the death of 54-year-old Margaret Laverne
Mitchell. They carried signs reading "Shoot First, Lie Later" while
chanting "Don't shoot the homeless!"

Police say Mitchell, a college-educated former bank employee, was shot
after lunging at an officer with a screwdriver. But some protesters think
the shooting was racially-motivated.

"We want some type of justice. We want understanding. We want to known why
... did one shot kill one innocent homeless woman," Compton School Board
member Basic Kimbrew told CBS 2 News.

Mitchell's death comes on the heels of the Tyisha Miller killing. Miller, a
19-year-old black woman, was shot at by Riverside police 20 times. Police
say she pointed a gun at them.

"When is this going to end?" activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson asked. "It
seems like every week you can't turn around and there's not something
happening."

But Police Chief Bernard Parks told reporters he doesn't want the public to
make this latest incident a race-based issue.

"We're not going to carry the burden of racism in the country of the United
States over the last 200 years and place it on those officers' shoulders,"
police Chief Bernard Parks told reporters at a press conference. "We're
going to deal with it as the individual incident which it is."

There have been protests over the shooting almost every day since it
happened. Another vigil is planned for tonight at the site of the shooting.

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