On September 17, the California State-Fullerton graduate was arrested for not paying her $89 tab at a Malibu-area restaurant. At 12:30, she was released from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's station in Calabasas without her purse, cellphone or automobile, which was impounded. It was later revealed that Richardson was troubled and bi-polar.
"Mitrice’s civil rights were violated when she was arrested and then let go in the middle of the night without money, a phone, or transportation.The roads of Malibu are dark and dangerous at night, and since the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) later concluded that Mitrice appeared to be suffering from bipolar disorder that evening, I believe that the circumstances surrounding her disappearance warrant a thorough, federal investigation.”
This is Waters' second request for federal intervention. Waters' original letter to the FBI can be found HERE.
In the eight months since Richardson's disappearance, searches in canyons, hills and parts of western and southern Los Angeles have yielded no results.
Jasmyne Cannick has been extensively covering Richardson's disappearance and asks the very obvious question: What if Mitrice Richardson were white and from an affluent family or community? " Would the Sheriff’s Department have produced a video showing her exiting the station? Would unmanned drones have been sent in to look her right away instead of seven months later? Would Mitrice’s congressional representative have demanded the FBI get involved in finding her? Probably not."