Quiet as it’s being kept, today the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handing in a report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s regarding its procedures for releasing people from custody who may pose a risk to themselves, including procedures for releasing people after normal business hours who are alone or without a visible means of transportation, or who may have disabilities or impairments and may pose a risk to themselves.
Responding to concerns raised by the disappearance of Mitrice Richardson, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asked the Sheriff’s Department for the report and his motion was approved by the Board of Supervisors. Report back and today is the day.
This comes after the Sheriff’s Department told the Malibu Surfside News last week–not the L.A. Times or L.A. Daily News–but the Malibu Surfside News, that the videotapes the family has been requesting for weeks of Mitrice entering and exiting the station, simply do not exist. Not hating on the Malibu Surfside News, but it’s awfully suspect when the Sheriff’s Department go on for weeks allowing the family to believe that there are videotapes of their missing daughter entering and/or exiting the station, only to find out in the news no less, that those tapes do not exist. And while I am sure the Malibu Surfside News has a huge readership, it ain’t the Los Angeles Times if you know what I am saying. In case you don’t, I am saying that there’s a reason this news is in the Malibu Surfside News and not L.A. Times. It was only Tuesday that the Sheriff’s Department refused to talk about this to all of the television media camped outside of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s station. So what changed?
Richardson, 24, has been missing since she was released before dawn on Sept. 17 from the Maliu-Lost Hills sheriff’s substation, where she was booked for allegedly failing to pay a bill at a Malibu restaurant. She had no transportation, cell phone or purse when she left the station shortly after midnight.
With the exception of a couple of probable sightings later that morning, the slender, 5-foot-5 African American woman — who was reportedly wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt — has not been heard from since, her family says.
Richardson, a Cal State Fullerton graduate and substitute teacher, was living with her great-grandmother in Watts. Her disappearance prompted an unsuccessful search by members of the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and trained volunteers. The investigation is currently being conducted by the LAPD.
On a motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, the Board approved a $10,000 reward offer for information leading to her whereabouts and the criminal prosecution of persons involved in her disappearance making the grand total of reward money available $25,000.