The city of Los Angeles has offered a $1 million dollar reward -- "the largest ever offered to our knowledge," according to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck -- for information leading to the capture and conviction of Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop accused of killing three people in a vendetta against his old department.
He’s the target of a massive manhunt for killing a police officer, wounding two others, and murdering the daughter of his police union representative and her fiancé in a spree of vindictive violence that would make Rambo proud.
"We will not tolerate anyone undermining the security, the tranquility of our neighborhoods and our communities," declared Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of the peace of mind that residents of Southern California deserve. We will not tolerate this murderer remaining at large."
So the city won’t tolerate this cop-killer and is willing to rob the taxpayers of a sizable fortune to get him, but when ordinary John Q. Citizen or citizens are murdered it offers no reward at all to catch the killer.
Some lucky California low-life is going to collect a $million dollar jackpot for helping to catch just one criminal while thousands of others are running at large terrorizing people and committing crimes equally as bad.
Certainly I don’t condone what he’s done, but can readily understand the frustrated motives behind it. My guess is that it surely has something to do with the fact that the Los Angeles Police Department is riddled with corruption; has been for decades; and Dorner, a former employee, was one of its many victims.
The 6-foot tall 270-pound former Navy officer was fired in 2009 for allegedly filing a false complaint of excessive force against his training officer. Dorner accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007.
Does that sound familiar?
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time L.A. cops have kicked, beaten, bludgeoned and stomped a helpless suspect in Rodney King style. But the Department ruled the allegations unfounded and kicked Dorner off the force for filing a false complaint. He challenged his firing in court and lost.
It all sounds rather suspicious to me. What would Dorner have to gain by filing that kind of false complaint? On the other hand, what would the Los Angeles Police Department have to gain by squelching it? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.
In a manifesto released last week, he blamed racism and corruption in the department for his removal and vowed to wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against LAPD officers and their families. He called it a "last resort" to clear his name and strike back at a department he says mistreated him.
Predictably, Police Chief Beck describes the situation differently: "This is an act -- and make no mistake about it -- of domestic terrorism," he opined. "This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered."
That makes me even more suspicious.
This is clearly not domestic terrorism but rather specific acts of targeted revenge against those he believes have done him wrong. There is no question in my mind that police officers in the City of Angles are not there entrusted to protect the public. They are there to protect the interests of the parasitic political politicians and bureaucrats -- their bosses.
Beck magnanimously announced that the LAPD would re-examine its proceedings against Dorner -- "not to appease a murderer," but "to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all things we do… I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD's past, and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner's allegations of racism within the department," he announced.
Humm … the suspicion just keeps piling up in this case.
Yes, the ghosts of the LAPD’s past probably have something to do with this, and chief Beck is probably going to orchestrate a proper whitewash of the whole affair just like the Department did with Dorner’s excessive force complaint.
Dorner is most likely about to be screwed again.
Apparently the LAPD is now guarding the families of more than 50 police officers. Officers guarding one house early Thursday shot and wounded two women who were driving a pickup similar to Dorner's, something chief Beck called a "tragic, horrific incident."
He said that the shootings of Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, occurred a day after the manhunt for Dorner began and that the officers were under enormous pressure.
Yeah, right. A middle aged and elderly pair of innocent women is mistaken for the 270 pound 6-foot tall male cop-killer. Sure sounds to me as though it was just another shoot first and ask questions later scenario, the kind of thing that cops are famous for in America.
No doubt that is what’s going to happen to Dorner the moment they catch up with him.
Oh, well; someone is about to hit the cop-killer jackpot in California, and I don’t reckon that Mr. Dorner will live to tell his side of it.