Face to Face At Last: LA Sheriff’s Office of ‘Dependent’ Review’s Michael Genacco

Monday evening the National Association for Equal Justice in America (NAEJA) held its regular meeting in Compton, this time with some very special guests.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Dependent Review’s Michael Genacco didn’t know what hit him when he came face to face for the first time tonight with Michael Richardson, the father of Mitrice Richardson whom he accused in the news of altering the audio tapes featuring Mitrice’s mother talking to Sheriff’s deputies.  This after his office concluded that the Lost-Hills Malibu Sheriff’s deputies acted within department policy regarding the now deceased Mitrice Richardson.

In front of a standing room only crowd, I sat and listened for an hour as Genacco tried his best to dodge the many questions and accusations hurled from the audience regarding the murder of Mitrice and his office’s actions.

The only thing missing was popcorn.

Genacco got exactly what he deserved.  I only wish his boss, his real boss, Sheriff Lee Baca, hadn’t been tipped off beforehand.  Baca was scheduled to attend the same meeting but was a no show after KTLA showed up and he got the word that the Richardson family was there.

Now let me tell you about Michael Genacco.  He’s white and what I noticed is that he has a bad case of talking down to Black people.  So bad that a lot of the Black people felt compelled to run off their pedigree before addressing him for some reason.  I really hate when we feel that we have prove somehow that we’re worthy to address a public servant by way of our college degree.  But I digressed.

When Michael Richardson addressed him he couldn’t even look at him.  Instead he played with his pen while looking down the entire time he was speaking to him.  And that scenario pretty much played out the same with each person who addressed him.  So much so that Compton Councilwoman Barbara Calhoun called him out about it.

He didn’t have any answers, although he repeatedly told the audience they were asking “very good questions.”

He seemed to get the most worked up over the comparison of Mitrice’s treatment with that of Malibu.  He told the audience how that case was his and he knew it backwards and forwards.  He actually seemed quite pleased with himself while he was talking about it.  He knew more about that case than Mitrice’s, I’ll tell you that much.

Kudos of the night goes to Dawn the Self Esteem Queen who unrehearsed but provoked oratory was worthy of a standing of ovation and not the police’s ever so slightly movement in attempting to protect Genacco from her.  Yeah—we caught that.

Anyway, as we get ready to remember Mitrice Richardson on the one year anniversary of her initial disappearance beginning Thursday through Friday, and while they were able to identify the remains of babies wrapped in newspaper found in Korea Town allegedly there since the 1920s with the help of a few good forensic scientists, and while Chelsea’s Law is now law, and it hasn’t even been a year since her murderer was captured, there is still no justice and no news about who killed Mitrice Richardson—that Black girl who died—no scratch that—was killed in Malibu.  Yeah—that one.  I’m just saying.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • GO ‘HEAD MICHAEL!!!!!!!!

  • DAZZ

    The L.A. County sheriff’s deputies were very thorough in responding to the call from the Malibu restaurant which led to the arrest of Mitrice Richardson.

    They made sure to search her vehicle even though she was not in the car and it was parked on private property, not on the public road.

    They made sure to administer Field Sobriety Tests.

    They made sure the restaurant called her grandmother in an attempt to receive payment for the meal. The restaurant made sure not to process the $89 charge to the credit card without full documentation.

    They made sure to arrest her, transport her to the station and put her through a booking process.

    Even though she was charged only with citeable misdemeanor offenses – they made sure to submit her to the full-blown arrest process. They might have simply had her sign a citation and promise to appear and left her to be at her car, but the deputies didn’t skimp on providing law enforcement on Mitrice Richardson.

    They also made sure to have her vehicle impounded properly.

    Now that is what I call full service law enforcement!

    Hey, the law is the law – big crime or little misdemeanor, black or white, the rules must be followed.

    In that spirit of “attention to detail” which has been proudly practiced by sheriff’ deputies in Malibu
    with Mitrice Richardson can we please see a thorough “by-the-book” law enforcement on the following 2 items:

    I am still waiting for Deputy Frank Brower to be charged and prosecuted for two counts of battery
    committed upon Mitrice Richardson and confessed to in the Supplemental Arrest Report which he filed.

    Deputy Brower himself details measuring her pulse rate by holding her hand by the wrist
    in his hand and counting her heartbeats for thirty seconds. He performed this measurement a second time after a ten minute interval.

    That would mean Deputy Brower requested and received Ms. Richardson’s hand on two occasions to hold – therefore two counts of battery.

    Taking the pulse IS NOT a standardized field sobriety test and HAS NO useful application in determining sobriety.

    Deputy Brower has confessed to battery in describing how he was able to touch part of Ms. Richardson’s body under the color of authority without legal purpose or justification.

    WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG for Deputy Brower to be arrested, booked and charged for this crime for which he submitted a written confession???

  • DAZZ

    Next item:

    We have been waiting too long for the booking video to be released.

    The last sighting of the booking video was a private viewing at sheriff headquarters back in January.

    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors should be called upon to demand that Sheriff Baca hand over the booking video. Pronto.

    He doesn’t get to keep it locked in his private vault as if it belonged to him.

    The booking video is not his personal property, it actually belongs to los angeles county – which is the government which is elected and paid for by the taxpayers.

    The supervisors need to be reminded that Mitrice Richardson’s family needs to have this video – it is the last visual recording of their daughter.

    If the sheriff cannot hand over the video, then charges need to be prepared.

    I would then like to see Michael Richardson show up at any public appearance of Baca,
    where he will carry out his duties as a citizen.

    I would like to see Michael Richardson place Sheriff Baca under a citizen’s arrest on suspicion of destruction of county property and require that he is transported in custody to the station and booked.

    The law must be respected and taken seriously!

  • No Name

    I feel for this baby’s mother–she was in constant contact w/Matrice unlike her father and she KNEW she was not well( and she KNEW she was NOT in Vegas-her father was an absentee father who last saw her weeks before @ a family BBQ and said she wasn’t acting right-what did he do about it???). Don’t judge her–have you ever picke up someone coming out of lock-up?
    Believe me you don’t want to be there until they are ready to be released—it is rage making. Some chump deputy w/ no real education and def no home schooling will try to treat you like trash. Actually LECTURE you–they are usually always short too small for their utility belts w/a military haircut and bad skin They are some real low lifes that would be ass whipped on the street all steeped up in granduer in their little uniforms—–plain and simple thugs with badges.
    Did you see Baca so steamed when reporters went @ him over Matrice during the press conference he looked like he wanted to club them. What a true thug he is—no better than a gang banger except gang bangers probably have more integrity.

  • Lauren Jones

    You are talking about my Uncle and I do not appreciate that my Uncle was a good father and he stil is. You do not know the facts and therefore you can not say he was a dead beat dad because he wasn’t she was his pride and joy I know that for a fact. So for you to sit up here and say something about my uncle is ridiculous