Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mitrice Richardson Still Missing After 18 Days: Are The Police Hoping She Stays "Lost"?
In what has to be one of the worst cases of neglect and CYA the authorities claim to be "baffled" as to what happened to the missing 24 year-old after they released her from booking. I'm wondering now IF she was actually released the way the police claim and what condition she was in when they did so. Sure it's all pure speculation on my part but if you get arrested for skipping out of paying a meal under $100 at a Malibu restaurant and have family and friends willing and able to help, you should not simply disappear into thin air afterwards.
Mitrice's family claims she has mental deficiencies that would have clearly manifested themselves. The restaurant owner - who's gotten a lot of negative press has gone on record to publicly trash Mitrice's mother to stem the backlash. What a way to stay classy. Not that what she did wasn't breaking the law but an $89 bill wasn't grand theft larceny. This certainly isn't going to make attending a restaurant any easier when there's often a negative connotation that certain blacks won't tip well - but that pales in comparison to this situation.
It simply doesn't make any sense for a young woman with no money or a cell phone to be wandering the streets at 130am - which is the time she was released by the cops. I'm wondering how she got to the restaurant and whether she had a purse with her to begin with. That would raise a red flag with me. Either the family is being dishonest or the police messed up in not recognizing Mitrice's diminished capacity. I can't help but think of the possible parallels between this young woman and Maia Campbell. Clearly there's more to this story than meets the eye. We'll continue to observe and hope for the best.
Here's an interview with Mitrice's dad on Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell - one of the few media outlets giving national coverage to this case by the way. Also you should note the ratings for her show have traditionally fared better than Glen Beck's. I only mention this because of what I think was the misguided black male protectionist-oriented focus on targeting him to begin with by some wanna-be Civil Rights organization. The attention may have gotten advertisers to pull out of that particular show (but not with the entire network) yet it tripled his ratings.
Mitchell's show now has a focus on what she terms the "War Against Women" and her coverage doesn't exclusively focus on white women as the sole victims of crimes and neglect unlike say Nancy Grace and 99.99% of the corporate media. This is what we need to be supporting instead of focusing on a wanna-be Limbaugh who displays a negative obsession with the president for ratings and money. Real women are being harmed, neglected and overlooked and very few have protectors.