It was in September 2009 that MyBrownBaby contributor Nick Chiles wrote “A Father’s Painful Reality: It Takes A Village To Protect Our Daughters,” a moving tribute to the father of Mitrice Richardson, a beautiful 24-year-old African American woman who disappeared seemingly into thin air after being arrested and then released into the night from the Malibu/Lost Hills Police Station. Her case drew national attention only after Mitrice’s parents, loved ones and supporters made a huge deal about her disappearance, and questioned why police kicked her out of their station house after midnight, knowing she had no money, identification or a cell phone to secure a ride from the building, in a dark, remote, rural area nestled in a canyon.
Mitrice’s partially-clothed body was found a year later in a wooded area about eight miles away from the police station.
After a series of questionable actions and statements by the police department accused of turning out Mitrice into the dark without a care or concern for her safety, the woman’s parents are suing the cops, calling for an FBI investigation into their daughter’s death and even recently exhumed her body with the hope that an independent autopsy would determine how their daughter died.
The Today Show did an update yesterday on Mitrice’s death and her parents’ pending lawsuit, and I wanted to share it with MyBrownBaby readers because Mitrice was someone’s child a brown baby who had goals and ambitions and a supportive family and a life to live. A life that was taken away because some man a police officer who gets paid our hard-earned tax dollars to protect and serve didn’t have respect or care enough to see her as a human being who needed and deserved his help.
I encourage you to watch the clip and listen to what Mitrice’s mom said about her daughter something that really strikes to the heart of her baby’s humanness. Her words, about seeing her daughter in everything that is beautiful, brought tears to my eyes. Indeed, Mitrice is her daughter. But she is ours, too. Lift this mother up in prayer tonight. Pray that she and her husband the parents of this beautiful brown baby get justice.
And finds peace.
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