U.S. Supreme Court
City of Los Angeles v. Lyons, 453 U.S. 1308 (1981)
City of Los Angeles v. Lyons
Decided September 29, 1981
453 U.S. 1308
An application to stay the Court of Appeals' order affirming the District Court's preliminary injunction -- which prohibits members of applicant city's police department from using "choke-holds" in making arrests under circumstances that are not life threatening -- is granted, pending the filing and disposition of a petition for certiorari. There is a substantial likelihood that four Members of this Court will vote to grant certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' holding that respondent, who had once been subject to such a "choke-hold," has standing to maintain the action, and there are sufficient equities in the city's favor to warrant the stay.