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CALL TO ACTION: Justice For Mitrice Richardson – New Investigation, NOW!

 

CALL TO ACTION!!!!!!!

BRING IN CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE OF MITRICE RICHARDSON

If you believe it’s time for an outside law enforcement agency to step in and handle the case of Mitrice Richardson, please cut and paste the letter below and email it to California Attorney General Kamala Harris at the following two addresses:

kamala.harris@doj.ca.gov   and piu@doj.ca.gov

Type the words: “Mitrice Richardson – New Investigation” in the subject line.

If you’re so inclined, please carbon-copy the following officials:

• Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca: ldbaca@lasd.org

• Assitant to Sheriff Baca Julie Montgomery: jamontgo@lasd.org

• Sheriff’s Communications Director Steve Whitmore: SRWhitmo@lasd.org

• L.A. OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco: mjgennac@laoir.com

• L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: zev@bos.lacounty.gov  and

yaroslavsky@bos.lacounty.gov

• L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas: seconddistrict@bos.lacounty.gov and Ridley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov

• California State Senator Sharon Runner: senator.runner@sen.ca.gov

 

COPY THE LETTER BELOW AND EMAIL IT TO THE PEOPLE ABOVE

 

Dear Attorney General Harris:

 

I respectfully request that the California Attorney General’s office begin an independent investigation into the case of Mitrice Richardson.

 

Ms. Richardson was a 24-year-old African American college graduate who was taken into custody by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies for possession of  small amount of marijuana and failing to pay a restaurant bill in Malibu in September 2009. After her release from a remote LASD substation (Malibu/Lost Hills), Richardson went missing for 11 months — until her naked, semi-decomposed remains were found in a rugged canyon just eight miles from the station and, according to the coroner’s office, moved in breach of protocol. The coroner never saw the remains as they were found. Because the scene was compromised and no evidence was collected even by LASD, Richardson’s cause of death is undetermined. The body was recently exhumed for reexamination, but the results have not been shared with the decedent’s family or the public.

 

A recent article in the September issue of Los Angeles magazine (“What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?”), chronicles the LASD missteps that led to Richardson’s demise, and the department’s many discrepancies—and in some cases, outright lies—in explaining those events.

 

The article, which has garnered a great deal of media attention, also points out the how the department’s watchdog agency, the Office of Independent Review, failed to adequately investigate LASD’s handling of the Richardson case.

 

L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay Richardson’s parents $900,000 for a wrongful death suit filed against them. But several questions remain unanswered. For example:

 

• Why did the sheriff’s station free Richardson despite several accounts of the young woman displaying the sort of odd behavior that would normally warrant psychological evaluation?

• Why did the station—the same one that gave Mel Gibson a ride to his car after he was freed on drunk driving charges—turn Richardson loose even though her car had been impounded and she had no money or means of transportation?

• Why did the station captain keep the jail-cell video of Richardson in his desk drawer for nearly four months while denying its existence?

• Did the deputy seen leaving the station behind Mitrice (captured on video) see or speak to Richardson?

• Why were Richardson’s remains both nude and partially mummified?

• How did Richardson, a young woman from the city, end up in an exceedingly rugged canyon with no roads or trails nearby?

• Why did sheriff’s personnel remove her remains from the scene rather than follow protocol and wait for the coroner’s office to investigate?

• Why has some potential evidence still not been collected from the canyon where Richardson’s remains were found?

• Why hasn’t the case been deemed a homicide?

• Why, in an October 2010 meeting, did Lt. Michael Rosson and Captain David Smith tell Sheriff Baca that Richardson’s remains were moved because they were completely intact, when in fact one leg was several feet from the body, the head and body were not connected?

•Why hasn’t LASD posted a reward on LACountymurders.com for information in the case, as Sheriff Lee Baca promised to do on December 29, 2010?

In summary, I believe that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and its watchdog, the Office of Independent Review, have failed to properly investigate and monitor the Mitrice Richardson case, and, given their mistakes and discrepancies, can no longer be trusted to do so.

 

I respectfully ask that the California Attorney General’s office take over this case so that questions can be answered and justice can be served.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Name and Hometown here

 

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Mitrice Richardson & the Cover-Ups by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

CLICK HERE FOR NEW VIDEO FROM MSNBC:

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO OF INTERVIEW WITH MIKE KESSLER for New details that have emerged about Mitrice Richardson’s disappearance

City of Inglewood Elected Officials

My incident occurred in the City of Inglewood on Century Bl. & Yukon Ave on April 6, 2007. It involved 2 Inglewood Police Officers: Officer Alvaro Ruiz #884 (Who I caught following me in November 2010 & I took the picture of) & Officer Jose Estrada #883 (The officer who choked me that night of my arrest).  Estrada has since been terminated as a police officer as of 2009 but I have been unable to find out the reason for his termination. (I have been told that he was one of the cops who shot an unarmed man but haven’t had that confirmed.) 

It should be noted that these 2 officers never wrote a police report in regards to them putting their hands on me that night.  When it came time for them to give a statement to my employer, LAPD, 3 months after the incident occurred they were able to give detailed information about my ‘irate & violent’ behavior in great detail but had no report to reflect on…just their memory. 

In January 2010, for my 2nd trial, my attorney had Officer Ruiz subpoenaed to come to court  to testify but when he arrived he informed her he did not recall what happened approx. 3 yrs prior so she let him go. Fast forward to September 2010 for my LAPD Administrative Appeal Hearing, Ruiz was called by LAPD Internal Affairs to testify & he showed up testifying in great detail about how I acted 3+ years ago without any report to reflect on…He even described me worse than he did in 2007 which was odd b/c he supposedly didn’t remember my case 8 months earlier but seemed to have gained all his memory back to make sure I didn’t get my job back with LAPD.

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These are the major players who I’d think would need to be contacted within the City of Inglewood to inform them of what happened in their city as well as educate them on the officers actions involved.

*Officer Ruiz and his following me & Ex-Officer Estrada and his pattern of violence*

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Inglewood Mayor James Butts

(310) 412-5300

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/mayor/default.asp

Inglewood Citizen Police Oversight Commission

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/commcomm/police_oversight_commission/default.asp

  • David P. Stewart
  • Rita Hall
  • Alan Kaplan
  • Wayne Spencer
  • Joy Brown-Rice
  • Judy Ann Bowles
  • Donald Nicholson

District 4 -City Council Member Ralph Franklin

310.412.5320

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/city_council/members/district_4/default.asp

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US Congress District 35 Maxine Waters

http://waters.house.gov/

Los Angeles Office:

10124 South Broadway, Suite 1

Los Angeles, CA 90003

Phone: (323) 757-8900

Fax: (323) 757-9506

Washington, DC Office:

2344 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-0535

Phone: (202) 225-2201

Fax: (202) 225-7854

http://www.facebook.com/MaxineWaters

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25th Senate District – Democrat Rod Wright

http://dist25.casen.govoffice.com/

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 5064

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 651-4025

 

District Office

One Manchester Blvd., #600

Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 412-0393

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51st Assembly District – Democrat Steve Bradford

http://www.asmdc.org/members/a51/

Capitol Office:

State Capitol

P.O. Box 942849

Sacramento, CA 94249-0051

Tel: (916) 319-2051

Fax: (916) 319-2151

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm

Inglewood Office:

One West Manchester

Boulevard, Suite 601

Inglewood, CA 90301

Tel: (310) 412-6400

Fax: (310) 412-6354

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm

Gardena Office:

1700 West 162nd St.,

Suite 107

Gardena, CA 90247

Tel: (310) 516-3880

Fax: (310) 516-3881

Wednesday – Friday |

9am – 1pm

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Now after I was arrested, I was taken to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lennox Station.  The elected officials for this area are as follows:

 28th Senate District – Democrat Ted Lieu

http://www.tedlieu.com/

http://dist28.casen.govoffice.com/

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4090

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 651-4028

Fax: (916) 323-6056

District Office

2512 Artesia Blvd., #320

Redondo Beach, CA

90278-3279

Phone: (310) 318-6994

Fax: (310) 318-6733

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000044533865

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Lennox is in the 51st Assembly District as well, ran by Steven Bradford (D) whose info is above.

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California’s 36th Congressional District – Democrat Janice Hahn

http://janicehahn.com/

2513 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance CA 90717

Phone: 323-338-4441

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Hahn/179387285387

Goodbye 2010……2011 Here I Come!!!!

2011 - I will be coming to a Community near you!

2010 has been a very interesting & stressful year, the most stressful out of the 3 1/2 years I’ve been fighting this Misdemeanor case. 

  • They finally got 2 convictions out of me after having been maliciously prosecuted over & over & over (3 Trials).  They got just what they wanted on April 14, 2010 when I was found Guilty of 2 counts of Resisting Arrest (They added this 2nd Resisting Arrest charge on me the first day of my second trial, January 15, 2010, to hedge up their chances at a conviction).
  • Oh and the 2 Battery on Officer charges they originally had against me were dropped due to a hung jury. 
  • I also got put on 3 years summary probation plus ordered to pay fines & do some community service.

Aside from that, last month I finally had my appeal against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for them Wrongfully Terminating  me as a Clerk Typist on January 15, 2008 behind this case full of LIES & False Allegations.  As of today, I await the results & should receive them in January sometime.

NOTE: At my LAPD appeal I had 5 officers testify against me: 3 Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies, One Inglewood Police Officer & the Los Angeles Police Department Captain who fired me.

So it is quite interesting how my life quickly changed all because of POLICE LIES.  Being I was new to the whole (in)justice system process, I was unaware of all the INJUSTICES that were currently going on around us everyday and it’s quite an epidemic.  I have become so intrigued with the topic of justice & demanding that everyone deserves it, that I have found myself engaging in more & more community events & activities revolving around police brutality, police misconduct, & police murders.  It’s time for people to stand up against the way law enforcement has been able to ruin so many INNOCENT peoples lives while they continue to move on with their lives with no discipline involved.  At the rate it’s going any & everyone is susceptible to police violence!

It’s a tragic shame that the people who are supposed to Protect & Serve the community have found a way to become the enemy by means of terrorizing people by force & intimidation, falsifying reports to cover up their wrongdoings, planting evidence, unjustified homicides, illegal search & seizures, & much, much more etc.  How are people supposed to have faith & trust in the Law when they clearly break it themselves?  Can you answer that???

ALERT! Inglewood Officer Alvaro Ruiz Seemed to be Following Me!

Officer Ruiz standing at the Bus Stop on Crenshaw & Manchester Blvd in Inglewood, CA on November 9, 2010

Now, normally I wouldn’t say anything but this is to be noted.

On November 9, 2010 I was leisurely riding the MTA bus (public transportation) and the bus did its normal stop at the intersection of Manchester & Crenshaw in Inglewood, CA.  As we sat at the bus stop at that location an Inglewood Police Officer happened to board the bus as we sat there.  At first I wasn’t alarmed until I happened to look at the face of this man.

IT WAS INGLEWOOD OFFICER ALVARO RUIZ #884!

Now let me explain to you real quick who Officer Ruiz is.  Officer Ruiz is one of the 5 male officers who helped assist in my battery on the night of April 6, 2007.  He is one of the 2 officers who claims he was holding down my upper back, trying to prevent me from standing up.  What was crazy about seeing him on this particular day was the fact I had ALL my legal documents with  his name written on them in my possession, making my whole body go into a state of shock upon the realization of who he was.

It had only been 2 months since I had to actually see him face to face, which was when he came to Part One of my Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) appeal as a witness, September 15th, to lie on me in hopes of making sure my employment with them is not reinstated.

However, what’s ironic is that when my Criminal Attorney  subpoenaed Officer Ruiz  in January of this year to testify at my trial, he showed up and informed her that he DID NOT recall what happened on April 6, 2007 therefore he could not really testify to it.  But fast forward 8 month, Ruiz all of a sudden gets hit in the head with the MEMORY BUG.  He was at my LAPD appeal giving descriptive details about April 6, 2007 in direct contradiction with what he had stated earlier this year.  You’d be amazed to know this man was able to bring back his whole lapse of memory on this one particular day.  I found that to be extremely odd but given the fact I have witnessed police officers lie repeatedly under oath, nothing is a big shocker anymore.  This is what they seem trained to do!

Now going back to the bus incident, Officer Ruiz entered the bus and said something to the bus driver and then exited.  He proceeded to walk alongside the bus and stopped right alongside my window.  That is when I was clearly able to see his name tag to verify it was him & I snapped this photograph of him above.  Talk about being totally scared & paranoid!  What are the chances that one of the 5 cops who assaulted me would board a bus I’m riding?   I believe in coincidences but this ain’t one I believe in…………

So instead of just sitting there once the bus got moving again, I approached the bus driver to ask him what Ruiz said to him.  (Paranoia at its best)  He informed me Officer Ruiz asked him if there were any trouble makers on the bus, he told him no, & that’s when he exited.   That seemed mighty fishy to me & that is why I had to write about it just so you all would know what’s going on in my world.

The Fight for Justice must go on; I just gotta keep My Eyes Open!!!

Fictitious Business Name – Doing Business As: BatteredByPD

Cherise Rogers has now Registered the name Batteredbypd.

Sentenced to Jail & Currently Out on Bail!

On June 7, 2010, Cherise had to turn herself into the courts stemming from her convictions on April 14, 2010: Guilty on 2 counts of Resisting Arrest with a 60 day county jail sentence plus 3 years of probation attached. Cherise filed an appeal and was allowed to stay out on bail pending the appeal process. Her bail was $10,000 & it was posted as soon as she went into custody.

To be allowed out on bail however, the judge was reluctant to allow this to happen.   For some reason he felt like this wasn’t allowed until he was provided the proof that Cherise had a right to stay of of jail pending the appeal process.  Her attorney had to bring in this proof:

CA Penal Code 1272. After conviction of an offense not punishable with death, a defendant who has made application for probation or who has appealed may be admitted to bail:

2. As a matter of right, before judgment is pronounced pending application for probation in cases of misdemeanors, or when the appeal is from a judgment imposing imprisonment in cases of misdemeanors.

If her attorney would not have provided this Penal Code, the judge was going to refuse the request & mandate Cherise to serving the 60 days in the County Jail.

This appeal is stemming from the Nightmare Experience Cherise Rogers experienced on April 6, 2007.