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Mitrice Richardson: What lessons can be learned?

August 14, 2010 | 10:38 am

The Mitrice Richardson case sparked outrage from the start. Critics asked: How could deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department be so cruel, so callous or so clueless as to allow a young woman to set off on her own in an isolated area in the middle of the night?


The report resulting from a months-long investigation by the sheriff's watchdog, the Office of Independent Review, offers little to quiet the clamor.

"The decision to take Ms. Richardson into custody and transport her to the station was the only prudent option," the report concluded. And the decision to release her from custody a few hours later — with no car, no money and no cellphone — "comported with legal and policy mandates."

It answers some questions but it raises another: Where do you begin when you try to finger a villain in a case where no one technically did anything wrong, but everything that could go wrong did?

Read Sandy Banks' column about Mitrice Richardson here. In the video above, The Times' Carla Hall discusses what's next in the Richardson case.

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