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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / A news summary

Cooley Asked to Reopen Probe of Shooting Death

November 14, 2000

LOS ANGELES — Activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson and the attorney representing the family of a homeless woman shot to death by Los Angeles police last year urged Dist. Atty.-elect Steve Cooley on Monday to reinvestigate the incident.

Margaret Mitchell, a 102-pound, 55-year-old mentally ill woman, was shot and killed by bicycle Officer Edward Larrigan in March 1999 after she allegedly brandished a screwdriver.

At a news conference, Hutchinson and attorney Leo James Terrell, who represents Mitchell's family, reminded Cooley that he promised to reopen the case during a debate with Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti on Hutchinson's radio show in June.

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