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Friday, February 8, 2013

BACKFIRE & BLOWBACK: Why a good cop went bad (Chris Dorner's on the rampage)

UPDATE 2/10/13 (MORE UPDATES HERE): Living up to their ugly reputation, LAPD cops have begun shooting at innocent motorists now: In a deranged bid to capture and kill their former colleague, Chris Dorner, trigger-happy officers "mistook" two Hispanic women delivering newspapers for the hulking six-foot, 270-pound man, and also shot up another vehicle which didn't even match his truck's description. Equally desperate is their police chief's belated offer to reconsider Dorner's allegations of police corruption and wrongful discharge. The former cop still remains at large, despite a massive manhunt for him and a million-dollar bounty. (Original story below.)

Cop framed by LAPD for reporting police brutality wages "war"

Well, the world's most notoriously corrupt police department has got a really big problem on their hands now. A six-foot, 270 pound, sharp-shooting, mad-as-hell kind of problem that, no matter how hard top brass tries, they can't easily sweep under the rug this time.

Especially when he's considered "armed and dangerous" and gunning for them.

Officer Christopher Dorner was fired by the infamous Los Angeles Police Department a couple years ago for reporting a colleague's excessive use of force during an arrest. The officer Dorner turned in had kicked and punched an unarmed, handcuffed mental patient already in custody, and had, in fact, been flagged many times for similar acts of brutality before the incident. 

Dorner's report against his fellow officer was also substantiated by the visibly-battered victim himself as well as other parties who'd examined the man's facial injuries and recognized their origin.

Yet, predictably, it was Dorner who was punished. He was fired for his whistleblowing on the pretext of "filing a false statement."

The aggrieved ex-cop has since then tried in vain to restore his good name but exhausted all his legal venues and appeals this year without success. 

So he's posted
his manifesto  and farewell online (read it below), exposing the Los Angeles Police Department's dirty laundry in it. And he's also gone on a bloody rampage, taking potshots at and killing some of LAPD's dirtiest.

"The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days," Dorner reveals. "It has gotten worse. Those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since been promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions."

A panicked LAPD has just launched a massive manhunt for the rogue ex-cop, and tightened security around their men in blue in response. They have also vehemently denounced their former officer's disclosures as "self-serving."

Crossing the "Blue Line"
In general they think of themselves as a brotherhood, not as our public servants, not as our law enforcers. They think of themselves as above the law.

And as with any fraternal order there are rules all police officers are expected to abide by, secrets which must be kept, and consequences which must be paid by those who cross the Blue Line and betray another "brother" who's guilty of unlawful conduct.

Taken to the extreme, this produces a nefarious mindset leading to a culture of licensed thugs capable of organized and vicious criminality, such as in the Rodney King beating or the Rampart CRASH unit scandal which saw nearly 100 of LAPD's so called finest charged with evidence tampering, witness intimidation, murder, bank robbery, gun-for-hire schemes, drug dealing, and even the unpunished assassination of famed east coast rapper, Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. 'Biggee').

In reporting similar police abuses, Christopher Dorner unwittingly crossed that Blue Line, and although he didn't mysteriously end up with a bullet in the back, as some before him have been known to do, the man still paid a heavy price.

The lesson is clear and underscored as often as necessary: Cops aren't supposed to snitch on other cops, regardless of how crooked they may be. Period.

Drawing the red line

Cops who turn in other cops can end up either dead, derailed, or defamed. Those aren't choices, by the way; it's up to the powers-that-be to determine which penalty is appropriated.

Dead, derailed, and defamed men usually tell no tales, of course, but heavily armed ex-officer Christopher Dorner, with his red line in the sand that he's daring the LAPD to cross now, has turned that theory on its head.

Plus, he's hardly being silent:

"From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the streets of LA. It was in the [confines] of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it's the police officers...

"They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn't just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate... 

"I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north."

"Armed and dangerous"

He's an idealist and reacting just as you might expect a heavily-armed, shattered idealist would. But Dorner doesn't have any delusions about his mission and his fate. He fully expects to be terminated. 

Still, the former policeman is mad as hell and doesn't give a damn anymore. He plans on taking out as many crooked cops as possible, he says, before his own annihilation.

"Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family," Dorner warns members of the LAPD currently hunting for him. "There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep. I will utilize ISR at your home, workplace, and all locations in between. I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children's schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. Its amazing whats on NIPR. HUMINT will be utilized to collect personal schedules of targets...

"Whatever pre-planned responses you have established for a scenario like me, shelve it. Whatever contingency plan you have, shelve it. Whatever tertiary plan you've created, shelve it. I am a walking exigent circumstance with no OFF or reset button."

(Haha--best of luck to you, Sir Exigent. It's a shame to lose a good cop.)




  1. I had my doubts about the media portraying him as a psychopath. Is he, or is he going after the true psychopaths? While I have never been a cop,I know what it is like to question the morality of what bosses and co workers have done and then end up being the one under scrutiny. You go into a country and thousands of innocent people get killed in the process and you are treated as a hero,but eliminate a few bad cops and immediately get portrayed as a nut job. We do not know just how far this man was pushed around and took abuse ,before he had enough and decided to strike back.Can anyone really say for sure they would not do the same? You really do not know unless you are in his shoes to begin with.

    1. So readers may judge for themselves, I'll include Chris Dorner's alleged "manifesto" if the post can accomodate all of it. (It's pretty comprehensive.)

      The mainstream media and LE insists on portraying this personal essay of his as "rambling" but I disagree. It seems to be the writings of an extremely intelligent and thoughtful human being who's been brought to the snapping point when his legal venues for redress of LAPD's wrongs against him were exhausted this year.

      His friends and neighbors also say that the Dorner they've known since childhood is a "warm" and "caring" man, so...

      I do not condone killing--my own weapon of choice will always be the pen (or keyboard as it were)--but I am not in this guy's shoes, either. Yes, evidently he has gone over the edge now with his desire for revenge, but if people go so far to hurt you that they even ruin your good name is this not perhaps an understandable emotion?

    2. It's no excuse to go shooting up innocents and rave on hypocritically about gun control.

  2. Chris Dorner's manifesto now added to post above. Font shrunk to fit, of course, since it's a long one. (TIP: cut and paste it all into Word to enlarge if the type's too small to read online.

  3. The issues in the LAPD that Dorner raises in his manifesto may very well be true and valid, but I don't think anyone should be defending his actions. He specifically has targeted both the LAPD AND their families, who have nothing to do with LAPD policies. Monica Quan and her fiance were innocent victims. Sorry, but Dorner's information and perspective is completely lost in his methodology of making the innocent victims pay for the sins of an entire department. When you choose to take out innocent victims to get your "message" heard, you lose both that right and credibility.

  4. Well...have the officers who emptied 60 rounds into the vehicle of the two newspaper deliverers been charged and arrested yet?

    It was a wantonly criminal act for those cops to stop and open fire on innocent citizens without even announcing they were police officers or performing the requisite vehicle check.

    Paranoid or not, those guys violated protocol AND the law of the land big time and they should be well on their way to jail for it by now.

    Just saying.

  5. Have we heard that anyone is looking into this other than the LAPD whom is the targeted and accused? I heard something about Johnnie Cochran's firm was asking for answers but that was early on. I would think in light of the way he was "taken out" there would me more vocal people than a few protesters.