Thursday, August 25, 2011

LASD to Pay Malibu Wrongful Death Victim’s Parents

A wrongful death is always painful, and it may become inevitably tragic if it was caused by the negligence of the police.

On September 2009, 24-year-old Miltrice Richardson was arrested at a Malibu restaurant for failing to pay her bill. Malibu sheriff’s department released her from custody around midnight the next day without car, purse, or cell phone. Following her release, Richardson went missing.

Several months after Richardson went missing, her body was found in a secluded canyon in Malibu. The victim’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). In the lawsuit, the parents strongly criticized the deputies’ decision to release their daughter into the midnight, given her mental and emotional state.

Almost a year after the claim was filed, the parents of Richardson and LASD have reached a tentative agreement to settle the lawsuit for $900,000, reports said.

Under the tort law, a person or a group of people who caused wrongful death of an individual are legally required to provide compensation for the immediate family or dependents of the decedent. In the case of Richardson, LASD must shoulder the compensation for the parents’ pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

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