Mitrice Richardson’s family files multimillion-dollar claim against L.A. County

The family of Mitrice Richardson, who has been missing since she was released from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s station at 12:30 a.m. Sept. 17, has filed a multimillion-dollar claim against Los Angeles County, alleging that Sheriff’s Department personnel acted negligently.

The claim mentions a number of officers who interacted with Richardson, 24, from the time she was arrested at Geoffrey’s, a Malibu restaurant, for not paying her $89 dinner bill, until her release into the night without her car, cellphone or purse.

Staff at the restaurant said she was behaving bizarrely and speaking gibberish. The restaurant staffer who called the Sheriff’s Department said she was “acting crazy.”

In the months since her disappearance, homicide investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department say, they have found evidence in her diaries and text messages that she was suffering from severe bipolar disorder.

“We feel they had a duty to keep her there,” said attorney Leo Terrell, who filed the claim on behalf of Richardson’s mother, Latice Sutton; her father, Michael Richardson; the missing woman; and her estate. “If they felt she had a mental issue, they had an obligation to hold her.”

The deputies could have held her for a mental evaluation. But the Sheriff’s Department has steadfastly maintained that in the hours it did detain her, she appeared and talked rationally. A department spokesman has said the department felt, if anything, that it had a legal obligation to release her in a timely manner.The claim, which was filed last week, alleges negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful death, according to Terrell.

LAPD Homicide Det. Chuck Knolls, who has been investigating the disappearance of the Cal State Fullerton graduate for months, expressed surprise that wrongful death was included.

“As far as we know, she’s a missing person,” said Knolls, who was part of an extensive search of the Malibu Canyon area Saturday. No sign of Richardson turned up, nor is there any evidence she was a victim of a crime.

Terrell acknowledged the possibility that she could turn up alive — in which case, he said, he would remove the wrongful death portion of the claim as well as the reference to Richardson’s estate. But he filed the claim as he did, he said, to make the six-month window after the alleged negligence occurred.

Terrell expects to follow the claim with a lawsuit.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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  • Wow, I can honestly say that’s pretty fucked up that you been all under my cousin and you know his personal thoughts regarding this article and you post it any fucking way. Yes you have helped him out a lot. but you know damn well he’s not on board with the above article. I take it he doesn’t know you posted it but you know different then all of the other mother fuckers that’s trying to gain fame from the Richardson’s situation. Bitch! Don’t bother telling him I will tell him myself so that way he will know not to fuck with you never ever again.

  • new orleans lady

    Derrick-I feel your pain. Jasmyne is always trying to gain attention for herself. Don’t be fooled—she has an agenda and will not do anything unless she can gain from it or use it as a platform for her racist rhetoric. I sincerely hope that Ms. Richardson is found very soon. It must be very hard on your family not knowing what happened. Your family is in my thoughts.

  • Ms Observor

    Derrick, you should be congratulating the Jasmyne for posting this information. Hell, at least she is still trying to bring attention to the issue and keep people talking about the mysterious disappearance of Ms. Richardson. Others, have long ago said the “disappearance” was too bad and went on their happy way. So, a woman who happens to be African-American goes missing, and nobody sees anything or knows anything? Something smells foul, could it be that perhaps law enforcement had something to do with the mysterious disappearance and their mouths are all shut? Damn, man, you should be on you’re knees brotha man thanking Jasmyne for keeping this in people’s minds. I certainly didn’t know there was a lawsuit filed against the L.A. Sheriff, but if there is evidence to show this woman was chronically, severely mentally ill (Richardson), and there appears to have been such evidence, it makes sense to place her on a 5150 hold (involuntary psychiatric hold) for a mental evaluation as part of the officers’ duty. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.

    Future Attorney.

  • new orleans lady

    Everyone should thank Jasmyne for being such a wonderful person……………………………….

  • Mitrice Richardson’s mother, Latice Sutton

    Hello Ms. Cannick. While it is unfortunate that you have not taken the time, or professional courtesy to meet and confer with me regarding my baby Mitrice Richardson, whom I’ve raised and know better than anyone, I am offended by the comments and treatment you are receiving. While I dissagree with your one-sided perspective, I applaud and appreciate ALL of your efforts, time, talent, resources, influence, dedication, and passion you have given to Mitrice’s disappearance. You have done so much to help keep the attention on my baby, the very LEAST you deserve is respect, even when there’s a difference of opinion. I have never commented on a blog, but I felt absolutely compelled to do so in this case. You do not deserve this treatment. Again, I thank you for all you’ve done.
    Latice Sutton, Mitrice’s Mommie

  • In Arizona

    All I know, is that if the Sheriff’s Dept put a woman on the streets without her purse and especially without her cellphone, then they acted with total disregard for her safety and should be held responsible! How in the heck was she supposed to get home! Totally unforgiveable!

  • Skeptical

    Im going to say this……SOMETHING JUST ISN’T RIGHT! At this point i dont trust any damn body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP ALL OPTIONS OPEN…….HELL THE CLUE COULD BE RIGHT IN FRONT OF MANY FACES. THIS CASE IS BULLSHIT…STR8 UP. GOING IN CIRCLES AND STILL NOT GETTING ANY DAMN WHERE….YOU KNOW WHY?! B/C SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING! WTF! WTF! WTF! IS MITRICE ALIVE? IS SHE DEAD? IS SHE HIDING? IS SHE OUT THERE HOPELESS AND HOMELESS? DID ALIENS TAKE HER TO SPACE? THIS SHIT IS RIDICULOUS. “YOU” WLL BE FOUND OUT…TRUST ME…..TRUST PEOPLE THE TRUTH COMES OUT…..GOD BLESS YOU MITRICE WHERE EVERY YOU ARE. MUCH LOVE. I could only imaging what her parents, family members and friends are going though. I really wish i could help…really!

    * They put on a front that appears accommodating, loyal, and yes, even sacrificial. Then, without warning, they raise their knife, and by the time you see the glint of the blade, it’s almost always too late. ….

  • Skeptical

    Oh and does anyne think she’s out of town? she could be ,i mean Mitrice is a grown ass woman…..she could be out just doing her. LOOK OUTSIDE OF THE STATE. YOU NEVER KNOW.

  • Denise

    i hope they find her it’s been a long time I live int he area and I know first hand how they (police) don’t care about us or our children… They shoudl have provided transportation etc. or held her there until her family arrived. pelase due the hell out of them they need to be held accountable for what they did!! I pray every night for her to be found alive, but that is a big question mark someone could have kidnapped her. Let’s look at the surroundings where she was., someone coudl be holding her against her will..

  • Terri

    Mitrice mom, your so phony. She’s your baby now she’s missing. She wasn’t your baby the nite you were called to go pick her up and it was about teaching her a lesson. Some fucking lesson. Yea yea you may have had her most of her life, but she knows her dad love her. Your tears are out of guilt from the many times she has reached out to you and you left her hanging. You try to act like the hurt mom, but all she talks about on myspace/facebook is my dad. Readers look at hazel pages. All Mitrice friends know how you and her step dad treated her, calling it tough love but your ass never had tough love. Even in your old age your daughter is missing and you’re acting like you’re the star and the victim. Just so you know, the hood you left and now want support from Ms. Cannick, keep you want to be white ass where you at. Your ghetto card has been revoked. You see out here in South Central, real recognize real, that’s why Ms. Cannick haven’t contacted your phony ass. Readers before you get on my case, I know the facts, and I mean everything. You are about what you have always been about and that’s money. That’s a damn shame you are already looking at this as your pie in the sky. I hope Mitrice dad find his daughter so you won’t be entitled to one red penny! Did you ever about what you said that night? Readers listen to the tapes on Mitrice dads website bringmitricehome.org. This lady who refers to Mitrice as her baby now tells officers a night in jail will do her some good so she can sort out her life. Apparently your baby was having a breakdown so how do you expect a person having a breakdown to sort somethings out, and then you say this is not like her, and now it’s the sheriffs fault? Hey mom, don’t love me so much!

    Lady T

  • damn.

    wow….lady t….very interesting hmmmm