The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Killed and Probably Murdered Mitrice Richardson

A Few Choice Words for Sheriff Lee Baca, His Department, and Steve Whitmore

Here’s the audio from the end of the conference as we were leaving
and the media was asking questions. Towards the end of the audio you
hear Steve Whitmore, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department
come up to Michael and offer his condolences. After which Michael says
something to the tune of no one can tap dance around this now.
I followed that up with, but if anyone can, Steve Whitmore can.

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I am not one for criticizing law enforcement, UNLESS, they do something that warrants it.

So with that said, it

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department killed Mitrice Richardson.

Now whether it was one of their deputies that buried her way down there in that canyon in Malibu remains to be seen, but isn’t being ruled out.  Either way, when they arrested Mitrice they set off a chain of actions that ultimately led up to her death.

From the beginning, the Sheriff’s Department has never been forthright and honest about their handling of Mitrice Richardson.  You will probably never read about it in the newspaper or see it in the television reports, but I lived it, every day for the past 11 months with her family.

I saw the paperwork that was altered.  I met with Sheriff Lee Baca and his henchman in Monterey Park when they finally agreed to meet with her father Michael Richardson.

And yes—I was there today when they announced that the remains found in Malibu on Monday were in fact Mitrice.

You’re going to see a lot in the media today about this—well, you might.  That all depends.  Proposition 8 and gay marriage might be more important that the murder of Mitrice Richardson, even though as ironic as it is, she was a lesbian and supported the equal rights of gays.

What I want to get off my chest right now is what you probably won’t see in news reports.

I was at Starbucks this morning killing time after leaving KJLH.  We knew something was going down this morning and I wanted to make sure that I was already up and out and ready to hit it.  Just as I am leaving Starbucks and getting in my car, KFI announces a 9:30 a.m. press conference at their headquarters in  Monterey Park to discuss Mitrice Richardson. It was a little after 8 a.m. when I heard this.  I confirmed it on the City News Services wire from my laptop in the car.

I called Michael Richardson.  He had no idea.  No one had told him.  By now he was at work. So I headed over to Hollywood to pick him up and then we braved the 101 South and the 10 East and made it to Monterey Park at 9:30 a.m. on the dot.

Still, no call from the Sheriff’s Department or the L.A. County Coroner’s office.  Lots of calls from the media, family, and friends, but not the authorities.

We get out of the car and go into the press conference where the media immediately starts hammering Michael with questions.

Oh—I forgot to mention that I seriously doubt that the Sheriff’s expected the family to be there, nor do I believe that they wanted the family there.  As evident by the fact that they hadn’t spoken to Michael, who is Mitrice’s legal next of kin and were going to go ahead with the press conference as scheduled anyway at 9:30 a.m. knowing good and damn well that traffic was congested and it would take a miracle for Mitrice’s family to get there in time.

Well I am not a religious person, but God is good.

We made it there and on time.

Michael and I completely switched today.  Usually, I am the one that’s calm and keeping him calm.  Today it was the other way around, I was pissed.  Sad but pissed.

So of course Sheriff Baca comes in and does his pomp and circumstance routine.  And the longer I kept sitting there listening to him skirt around the media’s questions and essentially lie to the public the angrier I got.

The man actually told the media that when Michael Richardson gets home, he should check his answering machine and he’ll see there is a message there regarding Mitrice.

Now let me ask you this.  How many times have you watched a news report that said that the police were waiting to make any further announcements until the next of kin could be notified?  Exactly.

You don’t notify someone that there daughter is dead via answering machine.  You hold off on the press conference until you reach them first.

And in typical fashion, Baca defended his deputies actions and placed the blame on Geoffrey’s for making a citizen’s arrest of Mitrice.

Yes, Geoffrey’s is to blame, but ultimately, the blame belongs to the Sheriff’s Department.

And no, you do not blame the victim.  You do not blame the victim.  Mental issues or not, you do not blame the victim.

Sheriff Lee Baca and his Department need to be under investigation by someone other than themselves for the following:

One, for arresting Mitrice in the first place.

Two, for letting her go at that time of the night/morning.

Three, for their incompetence throughout this entire investigation.

Four, for not ever producing proof that they let Mitrice go in the first place.  If they are innocent and she truly walked out of there, where’s the video?  Where are the photos?

Five, for not having the respect enough for Mitrice’s life and her family to make contact with them prior to holding a news conference.

Six, because one or more of their deputies in all likelihood probably murdered her and knew exactly where to hide the body because we all know that she’ didn’t get down there by herself.

Link to unedited audio of press conference.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • You Know That’s the Truth

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is SUSPECT!

  • Chan

    God Bless her family. I hope they get a independent coroner to make sure it is indeed Mitrice and they aren’t trying to close this case because they know she is still alive and will be found to tell the truth on what happened that night. Get an independent coroner please!!! God Bless this family.

  • Yona

    Who they need to focus on are the people that she was at the restartant with. Per the police report the officer asked her why she didnt pay the bill. She said that she was there with friends and she said friends told her that they would pay the bill, but then when the bill came they said they would not pay. Who were those people. Its odd that she is able to speak w/ patrons for hours without anyone saying anything. Where was she sitting? Why if serve her if she was acting oddly?

  • Yona

    The coroner stated that he called Mr. Richardson someone answered and they are one that contacted the media. Per CNN, a family friend contacted them and told them that the bones had been identified as Mitrice.

  • Jboogie

    Yona, you are mistaken. What was said was that a message was left on Michael’s phone, and that they talked to Latice Sutton the mother shortly after which the media was tipped off. I know, I was there and the audio is above if you don’t want to take my word for it.

  • yona

    I apologized for my misinformation

  • yona

    Okay wait. The cororner said that Mr. Richardson will see if a message was left. Winters said they left a message

  • Future Lawyer Again

    The Malibu police killed her. If not, where the fuck is the video evidence of her entered and leaving the substation??

    You lie!

  • Jboogie

    I wouldn’t care if Baca himself left a message. That is NOT how you tell something their daughter is dead. You wait, like you do with white dead people, until you can physically speak with the next of kin, being her father, before you hold a press conference. Bottom line, you wait, you don’t text it, email it, or voicemail it.

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  • I can’t believe that finding a black woman’s bones in a deep ravine isn’t enough to indicate foul play! It’s clear that something went wrong here and the last people who saw Mitrice alive were cops and they aren’t saying everything they know. I really hope further investigation into this case reveals more details about what looks to be the murder of Mitrice Richardson.

  • Mustardseeds

    I told my mother yesterday, if her body is found the Sheriff had something to do with it. AND they used Las Vegas as a diversion to get the family’s focus off of the Malibu area. I find it so interesting that miraculously after they say she’s in Vegas, her remains are found. BS!!!! Someone did something to her and God is a God of justice and he will reveal the truth. Best believe that! RIP Mitrice.

  • I have maintained since day 1 that an employee of the Sherrifs Dept had something to do with it and I have commented on it on this site.

    Seening that her bahvious was so erratic, they should have placed a 51/50 for at least 48hrs on her and taken her to mental health unit.

  • I couldn’t agree with you more. The police are involved in this and covering it up. They know what happened but they protect their own at the expense of everyone else. If this were a non-police affiliated killer who did this, they wouldn’t have given the Richardson family the runaround and treated them so disrespectfully. The sheriff’s dep. just wish this situation would go away but they didn’t expect for people to rally and care like this.

    I followed her case from the beginning since I heard about it and i just KNEW they had something to do with it. Everything in the situation was not right from the get-go. I would like to know more about what happened at the restaurant. Did someone slip something in her drink? She only ordered 1 drink and who knows what else and had an $89 bill. The media tries to play it like she got arrested for not paying, but she had a debit card with enough money to cover the bill on her person. Why was her car impounded? Did they plant marijuana on her too to sway public reaction?

    Also the man who was the last to see her, the one that made the phone call, needs to be investigated I believe he may be involved as well. But this is just my suspicions, I could be wrong about that.

  • Alana

    It’s so sad that this beautiful, sweet young lady’s life was brutally taken. The shady cops are still hiding the booking video of Mitrice because it refutes their claim that she behaved normally at the station. Did a guy at the restaurant slip something into her drink?? Did they really send Mitrice into the night alone without her car or was she taken out by cops after an attack??! Mitrice’s family need to keep pressure on the FBI to take action; Congresswoman Waters now supports FBI involvement. It’s good that her mom has filed a suit. Where are the self-serving so-called Black “leaders” when a Black WOMAN is violated in the worst way?? The racist media has been quite disrespectful toward Mitrice, even implying that she was hiding from her family involved in illegal activities; flood the phone lines of mainstream news with questions/info about a Black person mistreated by cops/abducted. Justice must be served in this case

  • Mari-Djata

    Wow… you were true to your word and never let this issue die. I appreciate that.

    Please write a book about Matrice Richardson. Her story needs to be documented for the whole world to know about. It has everything in life that can be talked about: racism, sexism, homophobia, white gay sexist racism, police negligence and/or murder, cover up, how Black women are deemed un-newsworthy, and even mental illness. We need this knowledge.

    Peace

  • concerned

    i think there is a serial killer is out there and opperating in the lost hills area.the sheriff department, the county officials and lost hills city officials are covering this so they do not scare the people of the lost hills and malibu area. they know if they scare these people they will sell there houses for cheap and move out! the investigation has looped to the restaurant to many times by the cheriff shich is intentional. the sheriff excepts the responsibility for taking her to jail prematurly. no one is asking the right questions such as, why was the investigating officer that was relaying an investigating updates to latice (mother) thoroughly taken off the case? you have a time of kidnapping or getting into someones car where the footprints stopped in the dirt. sheriff dept. deliberately ignored this opportunity to shorten the trail on her whereabouts. especaily since she was reported of trespassing by bill smith. the sheriff dept. are isolating this to fault of dissappearence and have been the whole time this began. when at the time of bill smith’s call and witnessing the footprints they knew she had been abducted. at this point they neglected to gather evidence so while we are here now looking for clues of the killer and a personality of one we have nothing. if i were a malibu-lost hills resident i would not feel safe now.

  • Gary Dee

    Weird, that Policeman found the remains…………

  • PELAN

    Let us not stop until we’ve brought the cop who murdered Mitrice to PROPER JUSTICE. (Not American justice, PROPER JUSTICE!)

  • BlackMcGarrett

    I agree that the Sheriff’s “procedural Bozos” messed up in a common-sensical, extremely STUPID kind of way. But to say that THEY murdered her is bonkers! If you accuse ANYBODY of something so serious, you BETTER have proof to back it up…. not just conjecture, innuendo, likely theories, etc. At best, LASD should be liable to the family for blatant NEGLIGENCE.

  • Dazz Dillinger

    Jasmynne Cannick – please read this!

    This will be lengthy, but I am gonna give you almost all i got.

    First –

    I will tell you where we stand. And how we are stronger and more legit than ever.
    And ready to roll out to Jericho.

    Second –

    You are angry. So am I. But you are still too polite and innocent. You have felt the icy cold wind
    of Sheriff Baca’s soulless calculations and heartless tactics. But you are still too much of a sweet little girl(which is usually a wonderful and desirable characteristic) to accept the outrageous nature behind the front. But maybe after all that you have been through you are ready to admit the possibility of the scandalous secrets which will be circled and highlighted here.

    Third-

    Will be the description of the simple plan of action.
    Because we stand before an incredible and rare opportunity take charge of the course of events.
    An opportunity for the next 7 weeks to unify as people to petition for righteous action and have it recognized and granted by the powers that be. We got to grab it now and take it to the mountain, because the opportunity won’t come around again for too long to help us.

    Here goes – First:

    If we take a measure only of our official status with the media and government agencies then it looks like we have not moved an inch. For nearly a year we been standing outside the back of the house gently tapping on the kitchen door asking if we can come in yet and sit down to supper.

    For nearly a year the reply has been the house folk still having their supper and their dessert and they ain’t finished yet. And we feel so tired we just want to go to sleep, but our stomach so empty we can’t even sleep.

    Now if we take a measure of the people, of the community, we have crossed the ocean.
    I have devoted a great measure of thought and effort to compose thoughts and comments for contribution to various venues whenever a new entry regarding Ms. Richardson has appeared.

    I have spent even more time reading the comments of others. Sometimes over and over on different occasions. Because I care extensively about the situation of Mitrice Richardson. I have felt almost from the beginning that her case is a bellwether for this entire county and region.

    She is our sister and our daughter and our neighbor in our community, without regard to color or creed. If we can allow ourselves to become so disconnected and disconcerned with the dilemna facing her family over her disappearance, then what does that bode for us.

    It doesn’t matter how much property or money you have in the bank, nature can shake this town up one day without warning and separate any man from his privilege. What happens then? Do we pull together as a family and as a community? or will it be everyone for himself?

    There are people whose nature may be to turn their back on the plight of Mitrice Richardson, but I will not allow it in front of me without calling them out and trying to bring them back to their senses. If we don’t recognize where our best interests should stand, then we are cruising around feeling fine on the deck of the Titanic.

    So i am following the tide of the comments and also keeping an ear tuned to the beat where i sit in the white community in los angeles. You won. we won. that ocean was crossed.

    In the beginning, most people felt that the truth and virtue in this case was on the side of the sheriff. I believe that most people now are solid with the truth and virtue on the side of Ms. Richardson’s family and supporters.

    Plus the awareness of this case has become much more widespread.

    Sheriff Baca and his people play real tough poker. They will bluff their way to the big jackpot and never once blink. But the supporters of Mitrice Richardson have shown their greatness. They have two of their own superstars – Lattice Sutton and Michael Richardson.

    Oh my goodness! Can you believe this mother and father of Mitrice? They have been subjected to the most awful, ugly, vile and baseless accusations day after day and month after month.

    How have they kept themselves from being provoked into losing their cool and not lashing back.

    That alone is amazing. Add to that the deep concern of Ms. Sutton always expressed with such focused grace and elegance.

    Mr Richardson conducting himself with such dedication and strength and composure. When I saw the photo of Michael Richardson embracing Steve Whitmore I first thought – “doesn’t he realize that this man is his enemy?” Now I understand that he does realize it.

    Although he is locked in a battle with this man – he still reaches out with love and forgiveness.

    Lattice Sutton and Michael Richardson are amazing. They are truly an example for all of us.

    Sheriff Baca and his people are the charade of decency.

    Lattice Sutton and Michael Richardson are the real thing.

  • crackerseventhinkso

    The last person who saw someone is 99 percent of the time the person who killed them. Who last saw Mitrice? The po po’s. So who killed her? 99 percent likely that it was a police officer.

    Hey, I’m not black. I’m not even a wigger. But anyone with a brain and the ability to reason deductively at least as well as a gerbil should be able to figure this one out. Why do men usually kidnap and kill women they aren’t personally involved with?…99 percent of the time they do it for sexual gratification and rape is part of the package. QUED: Mitrice Richardson was raped and killed by one or more than one man with a badge and a uniform who was at that police station that night. RIP Mitrice.

  • crackerseventhinkso

    I saw an update on this story on Jane Velez-Mitchell tonight. Good for Mitrice’s Mom for not letting this go. It is so clear that the police killed her. Only an idiot could think otherwise. This new information says a lot. The video footage shows a police officer leaving directly after mitrice. That is exactly what I said before. I said look who was on duty at the police station that night. One of them did it. Further proof is the fact that the police withheld that video during the crucial last year. They know that one of them killed her. At least some of the police are covering for him/them.

    To Mitrice’s mother–please fight to get that video released to the public. Whatever you have to do. Get that video out there so that people can identify that police officer. Then someone who knows that police officer might also know something else about him like a date rape in his past or something like that. Someone does not just kill a woman without some sort of past history of some type. I am absolutely convinced that a police officer from the station that night killed her and he no doubt has some sort of past that has similar violent activity against women. If the public can see who was there, I think some one will have some answers.

    We really do live in a police state, don’t we. The police can take physical possession of your body and then do whatever they please. We the public have almost no recourse. Why is it that the police will release video tapes in prison of any one and every one they want but when a murder happens and they are the last known people to see the victim, then they won’t make the tape public. It is disgusting. The police are unworthy of the respect or compliance of the public.

  • Roni

    Those police men seriously need to take a lie detector test… I’m watching more right now and they decided to move the body without the coroner’s examination. Being police officers, they know this process. They are so guilty!

  • randyburroughs

    she was very sexy and pretty that hurts my heart im from los angeles california as well im black as well i wish she was alive i was a victim of being hit by the police all the cops was white they came in my house without a searth warrant misidified me and they hit me in back of my head and didnt say sorry for that i tried to sue them they lied fuck the people they rape and killed her i hate the police i rather die that call them for help i hate this world i cant wait until jesus come they cant hurt are rape and kill her no more shes in good house i wish she was alive i didnt want this sweet girl to die i was hoping she was alive and well it just show a world we live i will be hurt for the rest of my life about this we love and miss you mitrice

  • Raven M.

    @ the white boy associating attraction with abuse, rape is about control, not sex. Would you want someone calling the rape of your sister something borne out of attraction? Or do you just leave this assessment to black womyn since we are unrapeable to you?

  • Raven M.

    I think someone who is from a well off family with major political connections who works as a regular sheriff’s deputy raped and murdered Mitrice Richardson. Even if it was just some ordinary deputy, his head would have rolled and they would have put him out on the chopping block just to save themselves. Thus, I think it was someone who worked at the station who comes from a wealthy family or someplace with major political connections. Think about it for a second: regardless of skin color, anyone released and then missing with all the inconsistences in the story makes for a compelling story at best, huh? Yet it is receiving no airplay and, yet, Michael is having to push to get airplay. FBI wants no involvement. A huge mural featuring AA ladies in various states of undress was featured on a wall. Why? Because the serial killer comes from a family with major ties. It is prob the family fuck up whose a sociopath and despite his anti social behavior was able to manuover getting a job with sheriff’s due to his family’s wealth and connections. On top of that, he hates and is fascinated by AA womyn, esp ones with afro hair. The fact he had various womyn and took the time to paint the mural shows that he has killed – and had it covered up – before.

  • no one every stop to consider girl friend? this she has mad girl friend from hell all over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • THIS TELLS ME HOW HOMOPHOBIC THE WORLD IS, SHE WAS DATING A LESBIAN AND SHE WAS PRETTY VERY ATTRACTIVE SOUNDS LIKE SHE CALL LOVE/GIRL FRIEND TO COME PICK HER UP THEY WENT TO THER FAV SPOT AND CONTINUED TO ARGUE ABOUT THE SAME OLD SHIT MITRICE SAID IM DONE LIKE SHE HAD SAIDS EARLIER AND GIRL FUCKING KILLED HER. SOME CRAZY WOMEN OUT HERE, THE POLICE DID NOT DO THAT SHIT CONCENTRATE ON THE USUAL SUSPECT SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL PUT MY LIFE ON THE LINE FOR THIS GIRL THAT SHE WAS FUCKING WITH A CALI GANG MEMBER THAT HAD NO PROBABLEM FUCKING HER UP!!!!!

  • EVERY BODY WANNA SAY SHE WAS GOING THROUGH A BIPOLAR EPISODE, HELL NO SHW WAS GOING THROUGH I LIKE WOMEN AND I DONT KNOW HOW TO TELL MOMS OR POPS, FOR SOME PEOPLE THATS VERY HARD. SO IF SHE WAS SEEMINGING DIFFERENT SHE WAS TRYING TO BREAK IT OFF WIT HER GANGE MEMBER AS GIRL FRIEND WHO IM SURE HAD A TIGHT HOLD,, AND THAT BITCH COULDNT DEAL AND LEAFT HER AT THAT REASRURANT AND TRICE CALLED HER AND SHE KILLED HER OUT ATTACHMENT CANT DEAL!!!!

  • IT WASNT THE FUCKING POLICE ITS WAS THE LAST CHICK THAT SHE WAS FUCKING WIT!!!! MOM DAD BLACK PEOPLE GET OVER SHE LIKED GIRLS OK IF SHE LIKED GUYS I PROMISE WE WOULD HAVE READ A STORY ABOUT BOY FRIEND. TO MITIRCE FAM LOOK INTO HER PAST RATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT SOMEONE PICKED HER UP THAT NIGHT TRUST ME!!!!