Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Steve Whitemore on Mitrice Richardson “can’t stress enough that there is no cover-up [because] there is no wrong-doing…there is no conspiracy.”

According to media reports this week, Los Angeles Sheriff’s department spokesperson Steve Whitmore says Mitrice Richardson’s family members’ ongoing criticism of the LASD, especially espousal of conspiracy or wrongdoing theories, “doesn’t achieve the goal of finding the missing woman.”

Whitmore said he “can’t stress enough that there is no cover-up [because] there is no wrong-doing…there is no conspiracy.”

3 words: Can’t trust it.

In all of my years of watching “Law and Order,” the suspect is usually the last person known to be with the victim, in this case, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

And speaking of a cover up, why did it take the sheriff’s department 8 weeks to say publicly that they don’t have any video of Mitrice entering or leaving the sheriff’s department?

But more importantly, why don’t they have any video of Mitrice?

Furthermore, I know that the family is doing more to find Mitrice than the LASD did from the moment they were made aware that she was missing.

But let’s go over the facts and the sheriff’s role in Mitrice’s disappearance one more time…and then you tell me if there is the appearance of a cover-up:

  • On September 16 Mitrice Richardson went to Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant where a 911 call was placed to the Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department around 7:40 p.m. stating that she was unable to pay her bill of $89.51 and was acting “crazy.”
  • That night her receipt showed that she had one drink and one meal totaling $89.51 for a party of two. Click here to see receipt.
  • Witnesses said Richardson behaved strangely that night, telling people she was from Mars.
  • Mitrice had no previous criminal record.
  • The Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department detained, arrested, and booked Mitrice after finding personal use marijuana in her car. In California, personal use marijuana is a citable offense that usually doesn’t result in an arrest.
  • Mitrice was arrested and booked for (1) Defrauding an innkeeper 537(a) PC and (2) Possession of marijuana 11357(b) HS.
  • Mitrice was arrested and detained by Deputy Armando Loureiro and Deputy Frank Brower of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department.
  • According to the arresting officer, Deputy Frank Brower, a field sobriety test was given to Mitrice that indicated she was not intoxicated. See report.
  • According to the police report, the report was taken at 9:50 p.m. or 2150 hours. But on the same report, it shows that the initial call into dispatch was at 9:55 p.m. or 2155 hours. How can the police report be taken before the call to 911 and the dispatch of the officers to the scene? See police report here.
  • The Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department claimed they released Mitrice on September 17 at 12:38 a.m. See location of sheriff’s department via satellite.
  • Initial inquires about why Mitrice Richardson was let go included that the Malibu-Lost Hills jail was overcrowded, but it was later proven that it was nowhere near capacity. Then the story changed to “we let her go because we had no reason to keep her” and in the words of the jailer, “we are not a babysitting service.”
  • One deputy suggested that she caught the bus. The closest bus line is the Metro 161 servicing Agoura Hills, Malibu, Woodland Hills, and Thousands Oaks. It unfortunately stops running eastbound after 8:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and westbound at 7:34 p.m. Mitrice was allegedly released at 12:38 a.m.
  • Mitrice was released without her car, cell phone, or any money.
  • The last confirmed sighting of Mitrice Richardson is at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
  • It took 2 weeks for the family ro receive a copy of Mitrice’s arrest report, a report that according the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is usually available in 24 hours but now has been changed to reflect one week.
  • When the family did receive the report, it was visible altered and whited out.
  • The report also had discrepancies. For example, it stated that Mitrice Richardson didn’t have any tattoos. Mitrice has two tatoos, one on her neck and one on her lower abdomen.
  • The family was told by the sheriff’s department that Mitrice made two calls while in their custody. The family requested those phone records. The family to date hasn’t received those phone records but managed to catch a telephone repairman entering the sheriff’s department shortly after the request was made.
  • Michael Richardson reaches out to Malibu Mayor Andy Stern regarding his daughter. The Mayor tells Mr. Richardson that he’s on his way to a meeting and doesn’t have time to stop and speak with him. Mr. Richardson then calls the Mayor’s real estate business cell phone posing as a Black football star interested in one of the Mayor’s $2.2 million homes. The Mayor offers to cancel his previously scheduled meeting and meet him right away at the property for a showing. When the Mayor realizes that he’s speaking to Mr. Richardson, who he just said he didn’t have time for, the Mayor is embarrassed. Shortly after, in record history, the City of Malibu authorizes a $15,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Mitrice Richardson, all spearheaded by Mayor Andy Stern.
  • November 9, 2009 the Sheriff Lee Baca issues a report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors stating that his deputies followed current policy and procedure in releasing Mitrice shortly after midnight.
  • For eight weeks, the family repeatedly requested for video showing Mitrice either entering or leaving the sheriff’s department. On November 12, 2009 the sheriff’s department was quoted in the Malibu Surfside news as not having any video of Mitrice.
  • Sheriff Lee Baca continues to refuse to meet with the family.
  • The sheriff’s department says that they did the Los Angeles Police Department a favor by even filing the missing persons report and that now the case is the LAPD’s and the sheriff’s department has nothing to do with it because she lives in Watts even though she disappeared from Malibu.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • I am so glad so much effort has been put into the search for her and investigation of the authorities by her family, friends and others in the various communities. Their relentlessness must have caught the authorities off guard since I’ve not seen such relentlessness behind a missing Black person. I’ll never fortget the Natalie Holloway incident and how Greta from Fox was running around Aruba for a whole year shoving microphones in peoples faces demanding answers, so I guess if she, Nancy and all the others are going to ignore her, Mitrice only has people like those asking questions.

    Good on ya Jasmyne, for keeping the story alive and much love & strength to her family and friends.

    Mayor Andy Stern sounds like a low life.

    BTW The mayor is a disgrace

  • Agoura Citizen

    “The sheriff’s department says that they did the Los Angeles Police Department a favor by even filing the missing persons report and that now the case is the LAPD’s and the sheriff’s department has nothing to do with it because she lives in Watts even though she disappeared from Malibu.”

    I am not surprised in the slightest as Lost Hills Sheriff Deputies routinely refuse to take reports, claiming that they do not take reports just because you ask them to. Supervising Deputy Louie is particularly offensive as he has been known to switch citizens to unrecorded lines in order to prevent the recording of his disrespectful and belligerent treatment of residents attempting to report crime. I suspect that the sheriff’s department avoids taking reports to make the area “appear” to have a notably lower crime rate than reality.