While authorities continue their search for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, more about his motivation for shooting cops, and killing a couple has been revealed.
According to his manifesto, the shooting spree was brought on by racism, and other injustices he witnessed while on the force.
He wrote more than 10,000 words about the LAPD, asserting that they never took action against incidents of police brutality, and racism. Instead, Dorner claims to have had his name ruined by being wrongfully accused and fired, for speaking out.
From Police Online:
I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days.
You are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen.
I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.
Throughout the manifesto, Dorner outlines several instances where he fought against the corruption within the LAPD, but was ignored. One account accuses an officer of using excessive force by kicking a suspect in the face and chest, actions of which resulted in no disciplinary action.
Dorner also had a front-row seat to a co-worker using the n-word to describe a Black person, causing the former Navy reservist to choke the officer.
Fully aware that his story may be distorted and disputed, Dorner encouraged the media to look into the aforementioned incidents, and his past. “Journalist[s], I want you to investigate every location I resided in growing up. Find any incidents where I was ever accused of being a bully. You won’t, because it doesn’t exist,” he wrote.
“I want all journalist[s] to utilize every source you have that specializes in collections for your reports. With the discovery and evidence available you will see the truth. Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name.”
The LAPD has announced that it will not investigate any of the claims in the manifesto. They have put up check points, and ordered armed SWAT teams to walk through neighborhoods knocking on doors in search of Dorner. His car was found yesterday burned and abandoned in a wooded area, but he remains on the loose.