Archive for September, 2009

MISSING FOR 14 DAYS: Mitrice Richardson….The Sheriff’s are to Blame!

UPDATE 2/24/10: It has been a little over 5 months since MITRICE RICHARDSON’S disappearance.  It is such a shame  that we have gone this long without ANYTHING!!!  Even though the news has laid off talking about Mitrice, there are plenty of individuals still trying to find out exactly what happened that night!!  For the latest info, PLEASE go to http://findmitrice.info or www.bringmitricehome.org

UPDATE 10/24/09: Its been over a month & MITRICE is still missing..So much has happened since this post, it is best to get the most current info from www.bringmitricehome.org

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By now I’m quite sure you have heard the story of Missing Mitrice Richardson, the beautiful, bilingual, 24-year-old college graduate of California State University, Fullerton, who majored in Psychology and graduated with a 4.00 GPA….but come to think of it, you may not have!!  Her story has not been given the media attention it should have, for this is a very disturbing case!

Mitrice Richardson

Disturbing because the reason we don’t know where Mitrice Richardson is today, 14 days after her disappearance,  is due to the Malibu/Lost Hills division of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Departments’ negligent attitude towards this whole situation.  I was drawn to her story immediately due to it having some similarities to mine and her involvement with the crooked/corrupt LA County Sheriff’s Department.   Let me fill you in on Mitrice’s story:

Mitrice Richardson of Los Angeles dined at the expensive & exclusive Geoffrey’s Restaurant on Pacific Coast Hwy, 40 miles from home, in Malibu alone on the evening of September 16, 2009.

According to the restaurant, Mitrice was unable to pay for her $89 meal (Kobe beef steak and an Ocean Breeze cocktail of rum, vodka and fruit juices) after staff  and patrons said she was behaving oddly, & at one point actually sitting down with a table of six and engaging them in conversation.

Jeff Peterson, the restaurant’s owner who was not there when this incident occurred, has stated her erratic behavior was noticed by customers and employees. “There was something a little strange about her,” he told CNN. “She wasn’t mentally ill, not ranting or raving. You couldn’t put your finger on it.”

“She seemed a little euphoric — a little odd,” Peterson told LA Times.  “The people she joined seemed OK with it. When she said they were going to pay her tab for her and they weren’t — that’s when we realized we had a situation.”  (This leaves one to wonder why they would serve someone such an expensive entree, after they have  described her to be acting so strangely. More importantly, why would they serve her alcohol if she didn’t seem normal from the start?)

When presented with the bill, and realizing she couldn’t pay it, authorities were called.  When they arrived they tried to get the situation handled when Mitrice provided the restaurant with her 90 y.o. great-grandmothers phone number, whom she resides with, who offered to pay the bill over the phone.  She stated, “Which card do you want?  I will pay the bill, add a tip, and put Mitrice in a cab and bring her home.”

But Geoffrey’s declined that form of payment and requested she either come pay in-person or she fax in a copy of the credit card with her signature attached to it.  However, her great-grandmother did not have access to a fax machine.  Consequently, the Lost Hills Sheriff Deputies arrested her.  Peterson says he got the police involved not so much because she was unable to pay her bill but more so out of ‘concern’ for Richardson’s safety, stating they felt she was in no condition to drive a vehicle. (So keep in mind she didn’t just try to walk out & skip the check, as I have seen so many ignorant people try to suggest she did. And the restaurant staff didn’t think she was OK to drive, not due to intoxication but due to something being OFF mentally.)

Now this is when the story starts getting weird and full of inconsistencies when the police become involved!  According to Steve Whitmore, the LA County Sheriffs’ Spokesman, when the deputies arrived at Geoffrey’s, Mitrice asks them to retrieve her wallet from the inside of her car, and in doing so they “claim” they found marijuana, causing them to add the charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana (which could actually be less than a gram), but they did not find the wallet they were supposed to be getting. (Now trying to understand how they have the rights to search her vehicle without her currently being behind the wheel, is beyond me, but that’s just one of the many strange parts to this story. Why would she ask them to search her car for her wallet if she knew she had marijuana in the car??  That doesn’t make sense whatsoever.  Also why was her wallet in the car?  Did she not have her ID on her persons??  How was she then served alcohol without an ID of some sort?)

So now they charge Mitrice with Possession of less than an ounce of Marijuana and Defrauding an Innkeeper and take her in to be booked at Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff Station 13 miles away from the restaurant. Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station

In the meantime, Mitrice’s great-grandmother had contacted Mitrice’s mother, Latice Sutton, who then contacted the restaurant to try and take care of the situation at hand.  However, she was told it was too late, and her daughter was already taken into custody, so she then contacted the sheriff’s station to get an understanding on what was going to happen to her daughter from that point forward.

Upon speaking with the Deputy, Sutton was told that they would keep her daughter until the morning.  Explaining that when they bring someone in who exhibits some type of intoxication/mental illness they keep them until morning.

Sutton notified them that she was concerned about her daughter’s uncharacteristic behavior. “She is not in her right state of mind, this is not the type of behavior my daughter demonstrates.  She is responsible, intelligent, & educated.”  Sutton then notified the sheriff’s that she would be there in the morning to post bail & pick up her daughter.

At around 4 AM, Sutton called the station to get the exact bail amount and was told that her daughter had already been released!!!  They stated they let her out at around 1 AM due to overcrowding and that nothing was wrong with her when she left.  A deputy even went so far as to say, “We do not run a babysitting organization here.” They also said they offered to let her stay in the lobby but she refused and just left!!

NOW MITRICE HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE…THE SHERIFF’S WERE THE LAST ONES TO SEE HER……& NOW THEY ARE THE LAST ONES TRYING TO HELP INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED TO HER!!!

Keep in mind that it is 1 in the morning in LOST HILLS when she was ‘supposedly’ released….and exactly how the name sounds is EXACTLY how that remote, industrial area is…A BUNCH OF LOST HILLS!! Who in their right mind would send a female out in the middle of the night without MONEY, A CAR, A PHONE, IDENTIFICATION, FOOD, ETC….??? And lets not forget she is an African American woman…being let out in an all White area, where there still are racist individuals lurking around!!  Not to mention the wild animals that lurk the areas at night, especially now since we’ve been having these wildfires…the animals are hungry!!

So why would anyone, especially those who are supposed to keep us safe, let her out into the wild and act like everything is OK with that picture???  That is so damn appalling, but as you know, the sheriff’s are full of BS!  This whole story has so many holes in it and why?? Because the Sheriff’s are not being cooperative b/c they know they screwed up this time and its NOT going away!!

As Sutton has stated on numerous occasions, “I did not know morning would literally be after 12 midnight.  I had the impression they would wait until daylight to release her.”

Sutton also said she believes sheriff deputies should have realized something was wrong with her. “If the officer saw her behavior and decided to administer a field sobriety test, then he must have realized something was wrong.” (Which is very true! They supposedly tested her before they released her and stated she was fine…ummm why the test if you thought she was fine???  Did they suddenly forget what had been told to them a few hours prior??  The restaurant said she wasn’t intoxicated and that something with her was ‘off’…sooo didn’t that click to them that maybe they should call a medical specialist???  I guess not b/c they didn’t do it, leaving one to suspect that they did not give a damn about her safety or her mental state!! WOW!!  And these are the very people we shed our tax payer dollars to??? )

The sheriff department has continued to give the family the run around..upon asking for the phone records to show who she called…the station said the phone they let her use was untraceable….HMMMMMM

Also in asking for the surveillance cameras on the outside of the station to show where she headed after walking out the station….the family was told that they do not have the cameras set to record….WOW….so basically they just have the cameras there for show…b/c normally you record whats going on just in case….SOUNDS SO FISHY WITH ALL THEIR COVER-UPS ETC.….They still have failed to give the family the police report showing what was detailed inside as well as failing to provide them with the deputies names who were involved in the arrest of MITRICE RICHARDSON….

I simply can’t wait until these &*%^$ get exposed for all their wrongdoings…( I can’t use the word I was going to say) Even their lackluster attempt in trying to find her is to be noted!!  They haven’t put any more effort into trying to find her than I have put into searching for this penny that happened to drop out my wallet onto the street yesterday!  They don’t give a HOT DAMN about this missing BLACK woman whatsoever & it PISSES ME OFF!!

Oh yeah…I’m sick and tired of reading ignorant people’s comments…Some of you are just sitting too damn high up on your horse trying to judge/render your assumptions to this scenario!  People are so quick to believe everything the dog gone police say….EXAMPLE: just b/c they say they offered her a place to stay doesn’t mean they did..also just because they say they allowed her to make 2 calls, doesn’t mean they did!!!   Are you all that NAIVE to believe whatever the POLICE say??  I feel sorry for ya if you do…just hope you never have to encounter a lying a** police officer…b/c they will ALWAYS LIE TO PROTECT THEIR OWN IF THEY ARE WRONG….U BETTER GET A CLUE!

MITRICE RICHARDSON
HEIGHT: 5’5”
WEIGHT: 135lb
EYES: Hazel brown
HAIR: Medium Brown (natural/curly)
TATTOOS: Lower abdomen, and behind neck
Last wearing: Brown Bob Marley T-shirt & Blue Jeans

$10,000 REWARD BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION

List of links providing more info:

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2009/09/29/jvm.mitrice.richardson.cnn?iref=videosearch

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_13453184

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33018272/ns/today-today_people/

http://www.jasmynecannick.com/blog/?p=6648

www.findmitrice.info

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?src=fftb#/group.php?gid=158453601982&ref=ts

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-missing27-2009sep27,0,2916909.story

Cherise Rogers (ME), 27, of Hawthorne, standing on Pacific Coast Highway at Webb Way in Malibu, was among the volunteers helping get the word out Saturday about the search for Mitrice Richardson, 24, who disappeared Sept. 17 after being released from a sheriff's substation in Calabasas. More photos >>> (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / September 27, 2009)

Cherise Rogers (ME), 27, of Hawthorne, standing on Pacific Coast Highway at Webb Way in Malibu, was among the volunteers helping get the word out Saturday about the search for Mitrice Richardson, 24, who disappeared Sept. 17 after being released from a sheriff's substation in Calabasas. More photos >>> (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / September 27, 2009)

A FALSE Warrant put out for my Arrest…..What will they do next?

Within the past couple months, it has become clear that the District Attorney’s office/Sheriff’s Department is intent on making this case a LIVING NIGHTMARE for me!

Brief recap: June 16th, 2009, was my completion date to have my community service hours finished in lieu of last years conviction (51 Hours to be done).  At the end of trial, I was given the return-to-court slip stating that I was to return to Torrance Courthouse on that day.

However, I decided on June 15th, to go handle this matter, because I was going to file an extension since I had not fully completed the hours yet, and I wanted to take care of this matter a day before it was due, just in case they were going to play games with me.  I arrived at Torrance Courthouse with the intent on getting my extension only to be hit with some STARTLING INFO!

The clerk told me that I wasn’t to report there but to INGLEWOOD Courthouse  June 16th  & that my file was no longer at TORRANCE Courthouse, so she couldn’t help me.

I was confused & upset!  How was my court location changed without my knowledge?  Why wasn’t I notified of the switch in locations??? Were they trying to make me miss my court date/time so they could issue out a warrant?? I just happened to go up there the day before the given courtdate, so had I waited until the actual given court date, I would have been screwed due to uncontrollable circumstances! WOW!

The clerk apologized for this inconvenience and told me that my file had been transferred to Inglewood Court June 8, 2009 and that I would need to go there to file my community service extension and to handle any further activities.  She said this was “weird,” which of course, I agreed! She then gave me a printout of court case, which showed my next scheduled event was 6/16/09 8:30 AM for Proof of Community Service at Inglewood Courthouse.

I then went over to Inglewood Court that same day (June 15) and got my extension filed until July 17, 2009.  That was the date the clerk gave me, as well as a little unnecessary attitude because she couldn’t understand why I needed more time to finish…….  Outside of that, I was done.  I got my extension and she let me know that I did not have to return to court until July 17th with my completion letter.

Fast forward to July 1st: I had taken a 2 week vacation from thinking about my case, which at times consumes me, and was now ready to get back on track.  Since I knew the three dismissed charges had been reversed May 27th, I wanted to know what the next step was going to be in this “criminal process.”

I called the Inglewood Court Criminal Clerks Office, and after giving out my information, I was told that I had a $10,000 WARRANT OUT FOR MY ARREST!!!!

I almost fell out!  A warrant?? Ive never had a warrant before?? How do I have a warrant? For what? Just so many questions running through my mind….

She explained that I had this warrant due to FAILURE TO APPEAR for my PRETRIAL on June 17, 2009….& that neither me or my lawyer showed up & the only way to get the warrant cleared up is to come to court and speak to the judge.

I was so ANGRY!!! I let her know that I had not received any type of notification letting me know of a PRETRIAL date, so how could I be issued a warrant??

What made this more strange, is the fact that this alleged  PRETRIAL date was just 2 days after I had went to TORRANCE Court & INGLEWOOD Court about my community service.  The lady had gave me a printout showing June 16th was my only upcoming court date, nothing else!

My lawyer had even went to Inglewood Courthouse on the 16th because I had forgot to tell her I got the extension that day before. She told me she spoke with the clerks office and nobody mentioned a court date for that very next day to her either!!!

They were obviously playing games with me!  How does a court date magically appear on the calendar within a day??  I had just received the printout so if I had PRETRIAL in 2 days, it would have been on the printout.  And then just to think I was driving around for those 2 full weeks of having a WARRANT out for my ARREST…..That thought just sent chills down my spine because I could have been pulled over and arrested for something I knew nothing of!!

That very next day, My lawyer & I went to court, July 2nd, to clear this matter up.  When before the judge, we were notified that INGLEWOOD Courthouse did not even have jurisdiction to issue me a warrant and that it was issued out wrongfully.  Also the judge noted that me nor my lawyer were receiving any notifications about my court case since there were no proof of service forms filed by the DA’s office…..THEY WERE TRYING TO GET ME!!

Current Update & Random Thoughts

Alot has went on since the last time I posted.  I’m sorry I don’t update as often as I should, but due to the ongoing nature of my case,  I am rather skeptical on what I should post.  But I can say that they have continued to try and make my life HELL!!!  As I have previously stated, the DA’s office is going hard on trying to get a conviction from my case.  It’s coming to the 2 1/2 year mark (October 6) since I started fighting this misdemeanor case and I have had my life stalled all because of these officers lies!!!

I’m currently unemployed, been this way since LAPD wrongfully fired me in January 2008 behind the Sheriff Lies,  and can’t seem to find a job at all (I’ve been blackballed).  Not only did this happen at the worst time (Recession) but it happened right when I was about to flourish in life since I had just graduated from college with my B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development.

I simply can’t understand how I am still in limbo on this case, and the City of LA claims to be broke!!  They have no problem spending nearly a MILLION DOLLARS on trying to prosecute me on misdemeanor charges for 2 1/2 years.

However, I see what their tactic is…They tried dragging this case out as long as they could, in hopes I would give up!!  They thought the longer they took with getting me to trial, I’d settle & just take a plea deal.  They wanted me to go broke, get tired & weary.  Well they have me HIGHLY mistaken!!  They have given me nothing but time to work on getting JUSTICE for me & my life!!!

I am making sure the LA SHERIFFS, INGLEWOOD PD, & LAPD all pay for the HELL they have put me through for so long!!

Cherise