City of Los Angeles v. Lyons

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City of Los Angeles v. Lyons
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 461 U.S. 95 (1983)
Date decided 1983

Facts

The plaintiff was stopped by police officers for traffic violation and made no attempt to resist arrest, but was placed into a choke-hold that rendered him unconscious and caused damage to his larynx. The district court found that the city authorized the police to apply such holds to citizens who pose no threat of violence, and the plaintiff filed an injunction to stop the city from training their officers in this practice.

Issues

Whether standing requires that one have a sufficient likelihood of again being wronged in a similar way.

Holding

Case dismissed.

Rule

One is not entitled to an injunction when there is no sufficient likelihood that he will again be wronged in a similar way.

Comments

Dissent:

It makes no sense that since no one can show that he will be choked again in the future, even on who has almost been choked to death, has standing to challenge the continuation of the policy.