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October 27, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks has found that the officer who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman in May used faulty tactics, but did not violate department policy when he drew his weapon and fired, according to sources familiar with the chief's findings. If they are accepted by the Police Commission, Parks' findings mean that Officer Edward Larrigan could face discipline over the incident.
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October 28, 1999 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman apparently had an opportunity to disarm her when she placed the screwdriver she allegedly was brandishing in a shopping cart and then pushed it toward the officer, according to sources familiar with the LAPD's investigation. In his report to the Police Commission, Chief Bernard C.
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October 28, 1999 | MATT LAIT and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman apparently had an opportunity to disarm her when she placed the screwdriver she allegedly was brandishing in a shopping cart and then pushed it toward the officer, according to sources familiar with the LAPD's investigation. In his report to the Police Commission, Chief Bernard C.
NEWS
October 27, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks has found that the officer who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman in May used faulty tactics, but did not violate department policy when he drew his weapon and fired, according to sources familiar with the chief's findings. If they are accepted by the Police Commission, Parks' findings mean that Officer Edward Larrigan could face discipline over the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2000
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1999
Re "FBI to Probe Homeless Woman's Slaying," May 25: The entire LAPD should be ashamed of itself for pursuing a homeless person for her shopping cart. If Officers Edward Larrigan and Kathy Clark were to become homeless, would they pay for their shopping carts? Have we lost all compassion for such unfortunate souls? I know that if I were homeless and were threatened with the loss of my shopping cart, I would defend it with my life--mentally ill or not. Once again, the LAPD sets the standard for dealing with the homeless mentally ill. How many have to die before mental health professionals step in and provide comprehensive, hands-on training for all of its officers?
NEWS
August 9, 2001 | Al Martinez
We will be judged someday by the way we treat our Margaret Mitchells. History will ponder our violence, our confusion and our inability to deal with those who need us most, and weigh them against the ultimate nature of our compassion. Looking back at who we are, future scholars will wonder how a culture so equipped and capable could reach into space but not into the hidden emotions of the human heart; how we could disarm a nation but not one person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001
So much is still unsettled about the 1999 death of Margaret Laverne Mitchell. And as it turns out, the questions surrounding an LAPD officer's shooting of the mentally ill homeless woman may never be fully laid to rest. Answers were promised by an investigation begun in January by Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, then newly elected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2001
The fatal LAPD shooting of a frail and mentally ill homeless woman in May 1999 has long deserved a more thorough investigation. Now that is going to happen with L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's decision Friday to send the case to a grand jury. Officer Edward Larrigan and a fellow police officer on bicycle patrol confronted 55-year-old Margaret Mitchell to investigate whether the shopping cart she was pushing had been stolen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999
Re "Woman's Shooting Is Probed," May 23: Why is it that the much-celebrated L.A. Police Department cannot teach its young officers how to determine the level of force in confrontational situations? If they can't accomplish that small detail, how about if they teach those officers what weapons in the hands of others can do? Two physically fit LAPD police officers, one 29 and the other 27, are trying to tell the world that in broad daylight, on a public street, in a confrontation over a shopping cart, a 54-year-old homeless woman with a screwdriver scared them.
OPINION
June 17, 2003
Three years ago, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that an officer violated the Police Department's use-of-force policy when he shot and killed Margaret Mitchell, a 55-year-old mentally ill woman armed only with a large screwdriver. The City Council settled a lawsuit by Mitchell's family for nearly $1 million. End of story? If this were a new LAPD, perhaps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1999 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The son of Margaret Laverne Mitchell, the mentally ill homeless woman shot to death by a Los Angeles police officer in May, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city Monday, his attorney said. Leo Terrell, who represents Mitchell's son, Richard Mitchell, contends that the frail, 55-year-old woman posed no threat to the officer when she was killed. Police have said Mitchell lunged at two officers with a 12-inch screwdriver, causing one of them to shoot her in self-defense.
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