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Christopher Dorner’s claims of racism and police brutality within the LAPD has struck a chord with a former officer.  Joe Jones penned a manifesto in which he sympathized with Dorner.

In the work, Jones says he “understands” why Dorner “snapped,” giving at least three examples of being mistreated by the LAPD, due in part to being a Black man.

Working as a patrol officer for nearly a decade, and retiring in 1998, Dorner’s grievances inspired Jones to reveal a truth that he had buried inside. However, unlike Dorner,  he has no intentions of losing his life behind his beliefs, noting that he is scared to die. “I also fear living in a society where innocent people are dying for no reason,” he writes.

More from the manifesto:

“To preface my story I will say this: Just like former Officer Christopher Dorner I used to smile a lot. I loved everyone. I was voted Friendliest Senior of my Sr. Class in High School. I always believed in the system and never got into any trouble. I loved hard and gave to all I could. After Joining the LAPD in 1989 I quickly found out that the world and society had major flaws. I had flaws as well for ever believing that our system of government was obligated to do the right thing. his is what I believed as a young Officer. Without going into major detail, I need you to first assume that I would not surface 16 years later with lies about a situation that has me with PTSD to this very day. The pain forces me to speak as I have yet to shake the Ill’s of my experience as an LAPD Officer. Of course I have moved on physically. But mentally and emotionally I still live with flaws. 

I can’t go into re-living the emotions of what I went through so I will say this. I had my home viciously attacked by a gunman with my family and myself inside the house. No arrests were made and my family and I Received very little support. I had my Civil Rights violated on several occasions. I was falsely arrested at gunpoint by the Sheriffs as an Officer who ID’d himself and was conspired against by both LAPD and the Sheriffs when my Civil case went to Trial. I was falsely accused on more than one occasion and simply placed in a position that the trust was so compromised that I could no longer wear the Uniform. Also know there were many more episodes. All of these issues are well documented and I present them not to be a Whistle blower, However to hope that one would not assume that all of what is being said is Lies as presented by Dorner. I don’t know him, But I know me. I will say from my experience, If a person knows they were wrong it is easier to move on without anger. Seems that Dorner obviously could not move on… Could I just be content and move on with my life and not say anything? Yes…Then I would feel that I for once had my chance to speak on something that hurts me to this day and I did nothing to arouse thought or provoke reform.”


Jones hopes that six things come out of Dorner’s killing spree–which took the lives of four victims, two of which were officers. Among his dreams, he wants the families who lost someone in the tragedy to find peace, but also urges politicians and lawmakers to offer legislation that protects victims of conspiracy. He goes on to  ask that the “Honest and Fair LAPD” and officers from other agencies, keep up the good work. As for the “Unethical Officers” to look at things from a different perspective. “Always think what if it were you, How would you feel?..How would you like if you were falsely accused and your life, lively- hood and career was taken from you? How would you like if someone was beating on you just because they felt they could get away with it? You are no better the criminals you took and oath to arrest when you do what you do!”

Click here to read the entire manifesto.

Photo: LAPD