Mitrice’s Family Views Booking Cage Video; Finds One Unidentified Sheriff’s Deputy Left the Station After Mitrice Was Released
I saw this article Friday night, and I still am upset at this development. My initial suspicions seem to have been justified, and it makes me sick to my stomach that in this day and age such horrible things can still happen, and to black women. Anne Soble reports at the Malibu Surfside News:
On Monday, [Latice] Sutton, and her close friend and the young woman’s college mentor, psychologist Ronda Hampton, were among the small group shown an approximately two-hour videotape, the existence of which was first adamantly denied by the LASD, but is now reluctantly acknowledged.
In a conference call with the Malibu Surfside News on Tuesday, Sutton contended that the video “supports [my] theory that [sheriff’s] officers could very likely be involved in my daughter’s disappearance.”
She says, “Two minutes after the jailer walked back from letting [Richardson] out the station’s side door, an officer in uniform went outside the station.” Sutton says, “He might have offered her a ride back to her car, but didn’t do that.”
She says her daughter appears stressed in the “booking cage,” the mesh-enclosed holding pen for the booking process. “She clutches at the mesh screening and is rocking side-to-side like a small child.”
Sutton adds, “It looks as if she can’t make the telephone calls that the redacted booking records say she attempted to place to her great grandmother Mildred Harris,” who has told family members she did not receive any calls from Lost Hills the night Richardson was booked.
Sutton says it then seems as if her daughter is seeking assistance from personnel, and “is being ignored.”
Richardson is said to be tugging at strands of her hair. “Clearly something is very wrong,” Hampton assesses. “This is not normal behavior.” At one point, “[Richardson] appears to be trying to get into a fetal position face down on the concrete.”
Another aspect of the viewing that disturbs Sutton is that she says she was told by Lt. Michael Rosson, now the lead LASD investigator on the case, that the reason her daughter had to be taken to Lost Hills was because she had no identification on her, but the booking slip indicates that she had her California’s driver license and it was returned to her after the booking process was completed.
But what the women describe as “sending chills down [their] spines” was something they didn’t see at first that was spotted by Sutton’s nephew, Jonathan Sutton, “who noticed that as the tape finished rolling and everyone’s attention was focused on Rosson, a uniformed deputy can be seen exiting the station right after Richardson left.”
They asked that the tape be shown again, and those present say, “There is no doubt that is what is on the tape minutes after [Richardson] was released.” Since that is not a routine shift time change for deputies, the women are interpreting this ominously.
Sutton is now aggressively asking that the arresting deputies and all personnel at the Lost Hills station that night and early morning be investigated.
Hampton adds that there appear to be what she calls “blips” in the tape, which she thinks indicate the possibility of editing.
Those blips are what is known as jump cuts. That means that something else happened earlier in the original tape, but it was cut out. The result creates discontinuity and naturally, viewers are drawn to the fact that these jumps in the action means that they aren’t getting the whole picture.
Apparently, they weren’t smart enough to excise everything, because that unidentified deputy follows right after Mitrice. So who was this guy? Why didn’t Rosson ID him immediately?
Mitrice was still exhibiting symptoms of a troubled mind while at the station. She was not lucid. She was not allowed to make a phone call to her grandmother, though the booking documents state that she did. (This information may have been added or altered later.) The deputies on duty knew all this and yet they have continually lied about what really happened. Sharon Cummings, the black woman jailer who has refused to be interviewed, must have seen or known what had happened with Mitrice Richardson while she was in the cage.
Mitrice apparently had her ID with her.
I’m convinced now that something happened to Mitrice Richardson, and that something was another sheriff’s deputy or two. Or even three. And that recently reassigned and promoted Captain Tom Martin may have been involved. I’m convinced that there was a cover-up of what happened to Mitrice Richardson. I think that the deputies that night knew what had happened to her.
Charles “Chip” Croft, the videographer and friend of Latice Sutton who has been filming about the Richardson case, was not allowed to make a separate copy of the video.
Nothing has been said about the drone, and whether the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has completed sweeps of the area.
Nobody, except Anne Soble, is writing about this case. L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times, O.C. Register and all the other TV stations are mute about this new development.