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Mitrice Richardson – Police to blame for missing girl?

A 24 year old woman is missing, and LA Deputies are the last ones to have seen her. She was picked up for being intoxicated and apparently not being able to pay her bill. Her family has said that this is very uncharacteristic of her normal behavior. She was booked for not paying the tab and for possession of pot under an ounce. And then released. No phone, no money, no car. In an area of town she did not know, that has been dubbed “the lost hills”. Police have said she was released because the jail was overcrowded, or was it because she was black? Would they have released a young drunk white woman the same way? I have a hard time believing that. It was wrong, period.

Her mother says that she is normally the designated driver, she is also bilingual and volunteers her time with nonprofit organizations. This is not the type of person that goes out and eats, drinks, and then refuses to pay the bill. What is missing from this story here? Witnesses at the restaurant say she was talking gibberish and acting disorientated, and her family believes she may have been having a mental crisis of some kind. But instead of receiving help, she was arrested and then tossed out into the night. She has not been seen since.

Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney representing the family, said “If Mitrice Richardson’s name was Spears or Lohan, they would have escorted her home… It’s a double standard.

What is the standard practice of police in Ottawa? Perhaps our jails do not get that “overcrowded” and don’t have that problem. I think police have a lot of explaining to do why they released this young woman in the middle of the night with nothing. And now she is missing. I wonder if they accept any responsibility.


October 3, 2009, 8:15 PM - Posted by | All News


  1. I have a problem with the family of a missing woman hiring a civil rights lawyer right off the bat. If they don’t think the police are doing their job then perhaps they should have hired a private detective.


    Comment by NeilD | October 3, 2009, 10:13 PM | Reply

  2. I don’t know..was this womans civil rights violated? What would you do..who would you hire…a defense attorney? How do we now a pi was NOT involved also…?


    Comment by CeeA | October 4, 2009, 10:23 PM | Reply

    • hopefully a PI is involved….just hopefully his name is NOT DOMINIC CASEY…


      Comment by CeeA | October 4, 2009, 10:26 PM | Reply

  3. what kind of police procedures warrants “dumping” a woman ..intoxicated…on the streets…in the middle of the night..where is the responsability to serve AND PROTECT..whether it’s from yourself or others???

    why wasnt’ she driven home? Sounds like a lot of b.s to me..IF I WERE HER FAMILY…I’D BE HIRING A CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY TOO…this womans rights were violated IMO on very high levels…she could have slept on a jail house floor till dawn or until someone picked her up which i am told the G ma said she would…WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND THE SCENE..

    I think all cops involved in her arrest and release should be put under investigation…WHO CAN YOU TRUST WITH OUR SAFETY IF YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT…


    Comment by CeeA | October 4, 2009, 10:38 PM | Reply

  4. I PRAY YOUR OK MATRICE..what are the chances 😦


    Comment by CeeA | October 4, 2009, 10:40 PM | Reply

  5. As of October 18 – she is still missing. Article –


    Completely downplays the fact she was released in the night.


    Comment by Capy | October 19, 2009, 8:02 PM | Reply

  6. After being declared dead (wrongfully) there is a possible sighting of Mitrice in Las Vegas.
    Is it possible she was caught up in the human trafficking world? Is she mentally unstable? So many questions.


    Comment by Beast | July 29, 2010, 9:50 AM | Reply

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