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L.A. County Sheriff’s Department switches from silver to gold belt buckles at a cost of $300,000
By Maya Lau

Sheriff’s officials are spending $300,000 on items they say would make deputies look more professional in their jobs and could help make them safer.

But the taxpayer dollars won’t go toward tools such as higher-quality ballistic vests, backup guns or body cameras, all of which are optional items that deputies have to pay for on their own.

Instead, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is spending the money on a minor cosmetic makeover of deputies’ uniforms: changing the color of their belt buckles and other metal pieces of gear from silver to gold. 

The agency is facing a chronic staff shortage and a recurring budget deficit.

Murder Or Suicide
The Death Of Mitrice Richardson

On the 16th of September 2009 in California, openly gay nightclub dancer 24 year old Mitrice Richardson, was dining at a restaurant. Police were called when she didn’t pay the bill, the woman was acting irrationally and making bizarre remarks (she was neither drunk or on drugs). Richardson was taking into police custody and her worried mother was informed by officers she would be released the following morning. During this time, all her belongings were in her car which was impounded.

Against what the officers said, Richardson was released at midnight. Due to her not being intoxicated and with no mental evaluation they said she was adult enough to leave. Mitrice had none of her items and was miles away from her home. No one had seen her since…

Mitrice’s father openly said he saw her working as a prostitute in January 2010 in Las Vegas.

Nearly a year after Mitrice’s disappearance, her body was found on the 9th of August 2010. Richardson’s mummified remains were found in the Malibu County creek bed, an area known to shoot pornography. Around the area was graphic paintings of an african/american woman. The police quickly ruled out murder and claimed she may had fallen whilst hiking as one theory.

Both Richardson’s parents sued the Los Angeles Sheriff Office separately, her mother claimed she was suffering from bipolar and should have been assessed. They both received $450,000 each.

This case remains unsolved