On the train ride home I was on the lookout for a very big, muscular black man with a happy face. Although, I do not expect him to be wearing a happy face tonight. He’s had a rough time lately. We’re convinced he is a lunatic. A dangerous one at that, and there is no reasoning with him, and everyone from his recent police past seem determined to tarnish his reputation in the grimiest manner possible.
Well, I didn’t see him on the train, but what was I thinking?
The guy would stand out like a sore thumb, even in Los Angeles. Of course he wouldn’t be on the train. To be quite honest, I saw several black men who might have been confused for Christopher Dorner. But they weren’t him. 270-pound muscular ex-military and -paramilitary men with weapons training don’t generally elude our attention.
What would have I done if I encountered him? Not sure, but I would like to have told him that I empathize with his position. OK, he’s killed 3 people, 2 of whom were targets contained within the scope of his private “hit list” and one poor Riverside police officer who seems to have been a desperate collateral casualty. Monica Quan was definitely on the list being that her father, Randal Quan, unsuccessfully appealed Dorner’s 2007 LAPD termination hearing (“botched,” according to Dorner’s prematurely infamous manifesto). His socially indignant murder spree does make it difficult to defend Dorner, so this is why I will say I only empathize with his position.
His bad luck began when he accused his training officer, Teresa Evans, of kicking a public disturbance suspect who was handcuffed. All the LAPD clannish forces came to bear and roundly disparaged, disproved and maligned Dorner’s allegations, and in turn, his character. He was terminated from the LAPD for making false statements. The savagery directed against his police work was cutting and humiliating. From this LA Times story covering Dorner’s LAPD history, a few observations that serve to gut any legitimacy Dorner might have ever had.
-”On the day Christopher Dorner was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department, officials took the unusual step of summoning armed guards to stand watch at his disciplinary hearing downtown.”
-”"It was clear… that he was wound way too tight,” said a police official who attended Dorner’s termination hearing and requested anonymity because of safety concerns.”
-”In 2005, while still enlisted in the military, Dorner applied to the LAPD and earned a spot in one of the department’s training academy classes. An officer in Dorner’s class who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to discuss the case, recalled Dorner as “one of our problem children” who frequently pushed the bounds of authority.”
-”Internal disciplinary records show that Dorner was suspended for two days for an accidental discharge in 2005.”
-”Evans [training officer] would later tell internal affairs investigators that Dorner confessed to her on the first day they worked together that he was unhappy with the way the LAPD handled a complaint he made against some of his classmates in the academy, according to police records. He believed the LAPD was a racist organization and told Evans he planned to sue the department at the end of his probation period, Evans reported.”
-”Shortly after becoming partners, they responded to a report of an armed man and Dorner stood in the middle of the street to confront the suspect without any cover, she [Evans] said.”
-The struggling officer’s ultimate undoing began on the morning on July 28, when he and Evans were dispatched to a report of a man who had refused to leave a local hotel.
The officers found the mentally ill man seated on a bench. When he refused a command to stand up, Dorner took the man’s wrist and pulled him up, records show. A struggle ensued and Evans had to grab Dorner’s Taser stun gun from his belt to subdue the man.
Nearly two weeks later, Evans criticized Dorner harshly in an evaluation report that included a long list of areas in which he needed improvement, including using common sense and good judgment. About the same time, Dorner called an LAPD sergeant whom he knew from the Navy and claimed he had witnessed Evans kick the man while he was being handcuffed.”
The eviscerating litany against Dorner’s character is endless. Yet, he asked for additional police training which the LAPD refused. The Navy lauded him for his marksmanship and by all accounts, those who knew him before he joined the LAPD were completely stunned by current allegations. Curiously, his murder spree began just 2 days after his honorable discharge from the United States Navy. There were some practical benefits to this in his quest to fulfill his “hit list’s” goals.
But wait. Haven’t we seen enough dramatic thrillers, tales of intrigue, twists of espionage involving deeply embedded layers of corruption and manipulation of public perception to realize that Dorner is being painted in the worst light possible by those who have most to lose from his allegations? Only the LAPD is messing with him. No one else seems to have a problem.
Of course, he really may be a dangerous lunatic.
Maybe he isn’t.
Is it so difficult to believe that a major law enforcement agency (especially the LAPD) is really not that incapable of cooking up some derogatory reputation fallacies in order to slander accusers? Or that perhaps, the LAPD’s vehemence is directly proportional to the subject’s vehemence? And the way America works (good ol’ conservative law and order America where police are given the benefit of the doubt, even if it means our last liberties are trampled over), the populace blows the way the Blue wind blows.
What the police say is supreme and the public laps it up and adds fuel to the fire of public consensus by adamantly backing up the stories they have absolutely no reason or cause to believe. Such as Dorner’s wrongful depictions. But it’s too late. He’s killed people, he can never reclaim a sympathetic hearing.
LAPD wins again.