- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael R. Mitchell, an attorney who challenged the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of chokeholds and won an injunction temporarily banning their use, died Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 73.

His wife told the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1DymTuS ) that he had pancreatic cancer.

In 1981 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction banning the LAPD from using chokeholds after Mitchell’s high-profile cases. However the Supreme Court rejected his arguments two years later.

Mitchell was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and grew up in Kentucky and North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kentucky’s Transylvania University and a master’s in mathematics from the University of North Carolina. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968.

He leaves his wife, Barbara, and six daughters.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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