The hunt is on for former LAPD police officer, Navy reservist, and college football player Christopher Jordan Dorner, aged 33. He was fired from the LAPD in 2008, allegedly for making false statements against another officer. My ears perked up when those details were released, and I have been following this story since yesterday afternoon. From the BBC:
“The hunt for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of a shooting rampage has moved to a snowy mountain range.
Search teams combed Big Bear Lake for Christopher Dorner, 33, after his torched truck was found by a ski area.
Though the focus is on the resort area, the huge manhunt spans California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico.
He is wanted over the shooting deaths of a couple at the weekend and attacks on Thursday that left one policeman dead and another seriously wounded.
Police used search dogs and helicopters with infrared equipment overnight in an attempt to track down the suspect in Big Bear Lake, 80 miles (128km) east of Los Angeles.
San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon told a Friday morning news conference that search teams would continue to scour abandoned cabins in the area.
Investigators said they believed fresh tracks spotted in the snow near the burnt-out truck were made by the former naval reservist, who is said to be heavily armed.”
I had some thoughts about what might have pushed him over the edge and the outcome of this rampage:
- He was fired without just cause and given no recourse or satisfaction. As a result, his name was smeared and reputation tarnished, while those who lied about him and threw him under the bus kept their jobs.
- He dared to break the “Blue Wall of Silence” by doing the right thing – he saw another cop brutalizing a mentally ill man and reported it as he should have. Instead of being congratulated, he was punished.
- He is specifically after the people who directly did him wrong, and their family members are “guilty by association.” Friends and acquaintances of his targets will simply be “collateral damage.”
- If found, there will be a standoff and he will not survive the final confrontation – the words in his manifesto are testament to this mindset. He will take out as many people as possible in his final blaze of glory, in hopes that people will start asking a LOT of questions about the continued racism and corruption in the LAPD.
I can only imagine the hostile work environment he had to deal with – workplace bullying is bad enough, and I can bet that the LAPD would be amongst the biggest bullies out there. It’s also clear to me that both the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon, and the Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Washington, have taken their pages in ”cop-training” directly from the pages of the LAPD handbook. Scandal and corruption have marred the LAPD for decades, which would grate on the conscience of any decent human being attempting to effect positive changes. Those of us who wish to see justice served the most, tend to be the ones who are granted it the least. I understand how Mr. Dorner feels – it’s a shame he felt so hopeless that he took this course of action. Still, I can’t say that I blame him. This isn’t George Zimmerman gunning down an unarmed teenager in cold blood. This isn’t Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit”, thumbing his nose at everyone he stole from. This isn’t Bethany Storro, smearing drain cleaner on her face and blaming an “invisible Black perpetrator”. This is a well-liked, well-respected, hardworking young Black man who was unfairly and unjustly fired from his job…all because he was truly DOING HIS JOB.
It will be interesting – and telling – to see how this all plays out.
On a side note, some people are under the mistaken notion that I’m on Facebook, and that’s not so. I used to be on MySpace, but haven’t logged in for about five years. I guess they’ve decided to become Facebook v2.0 or something, now? Other than this blog, I’m on Black Planet and BikerOrNot, and haven’t logged in on either site for quite some time – I’ve been too friggin’ busy, ya know? I have a life and enjoy living it!