Monday, February 11, 2013
Christopher Dorner Needed A Good Lawyer, Not a Gun
Post termination Dorner allegedly vowed revenge against several former LAPD colleagues whom he blames unfairly ended his career. Dorner allegedly posted on the internet that he would use "every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I've been given" to bring "warfare" to the LAPD and its families.February 1st was Dorner's last day with the Navy. CNN's Anderson Cooper received a package that same day with a note allegedly written by Dorner. The note read, "I never lied." A bullet hole ridden coin that former Chief William Bratton had given out was included with the note.
On Feb. 3, Dorner allegedly shot and killed a couple in a parking garage in Irvine. The woman was the daughter of a retired police captain who had represented Dorner in the disciplinary proceedings that
ended in his termination. (Dorner allegedly wrote that he believed William Bratton, the retired captain, had represented the interests of the department instead of Dorner's interests during the hearing.) Hours after authorities identified Dorner as a suspect, police accused Dorner of also wounding an LAPD officer in Corona and subsequently ambushing two Riverside police officers. One Riverside officer died and the other was seriously wounded. (The slain officer, Michael Crain, was an 11-year department veteran of the Riverside Police Department. He was a father and a former Marine who under no circumstances deserved to die.)
So after three deaths and two injuries, authorities on Sunday announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, "This search is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. I want Chris Dorner to know that.”
The possible sighting of Dorner in Northridge, California apparently was a mistaken identity. However, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck continued to urge the public to submit any leads to authorities. to decrease the chances of Dorner making another possible attack. Meanwhile, authorities appear to be narrowing in on Dorner. Camping gear was found along with weapons inside Dorner's burned-out pickup truck. The vehicle found near Big Bear Lake was so charred that investigators couldn't be any more specific about its contents. Dorner may have also called the father of the woman believed to have been killed by Dorner last week. It is still unclear whether the call was made by the 33-year-old Dorner or by someone posing as him. Furthermore, Dorner claims his lawenforcement career was sabotaged by racist fellow officers. Consequently, every lead and every allegation needs to be examined independently.
Chief Beck said officials would re-examine the allegations by Dorner that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues. Beck promised to listen to Dorner if he surrenders; however, Beck promised an independent review of Dorner's 2007 case because he takes "the allegation of racism" seriously. Beck said, "I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do." In the mean time, the three killings and threats have led to 24 hour protection for 50 families. Capt. Phil Tingirides chaired the board that terminated Dorne's law enforcement career. He publicly criticized Dorner's actions and stated, "From what I've seen of (Dorner's) actions, he feels he can make allegations for injustice and justify killing people and that's not reasonable... The end never justifies the means."
A recent surveillance video showed Dorner tossing items into a Dumpster behind an auto parts store in National City. A store employee allegedly found a magazine full of bullets, a military belt and a military helmet. Majid Yahyai and his employee turned the items over to the police. On Friday, a warrant was served at a house belonging to Dorner's mother. Officers collected 10 bags of evidence.
The eventual capture of Dorner is inevitable. Unfortunately, even if he was wrongfully discharged, the remedy was an appeal or a civil lawsuit. The remedy was never violence.
Update 2-14-13: By now the news is out that Dorner is believed to be dead. Apparently Karen and James Reynolds were the two people held hostage Tuesday by former Los Angles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. According to Southern Califronia Public Radio, the Reynolds own the vacation property near the Big Bear mountain resort where they were detained by Dorner. Dorner had apparently been hiding in the unit for several days. When they discovered Dorner, they were calmly bound and gagged. According to NBC4 Los Angeles, "Karen said she tried to run away when she recognized the man matching Dorner's description. With his gun drawn, the man yelled at the pair to stay calm... Karen said the man was 'very, very calm' as he 'very methodically' bound her and her husband's hands and legs, pulled pillowcases over their heads and stuffed towels in their mouths."
Dorner apparently left in the couple's car. When the couple were able to free themselves, Karen called police. Later that night a shootout in a different mountain home resulted in the death of a sheriff's deputy and the death of Dorner. (Dorner's charred corpse will need to be conclusively identified by DNA.) Dorner is suspected of killing four people, two of them police officers. The fire at the home where Dorner was holed up was not set on purpose. "We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out... deputies lobbed pyrotechnic tear gas into the cabin, and it erupted in flames," reported the AP.
All suspects are presumed innocent until otherwise proven in a court of law!