A bunch of former LAPD officers are looking to have their termination cases reopened, a move spawned by the Christopher Dorner case.The ex-cop death came after a week-long shooting spree as retaliation for being fired. Now, at least six other officers are demanding that their cases be looked into.
In his manifesto, Dorner claimed to have been let go for pointing out wrongdoings that he witnessed among other officers. His killing spree caused the deaths for four people, two of whom were cops.
Following his death, which is believed to have come by way of a self-inflicted wound, the LAPD announced that they would take another look at his why he was let go. Police Protective League President Tyler Izen revealed that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s decision to reopen Dorner’s case has “left many of our members in absolute limbo.”
Beck also ordered a review of how the LAPD disciplines its staff. “I think that Dorner’s manifesto brings up a lot of issues,” Beck explained. “I don’t think there are any inherent flaws to the system. I think the biggest flaws that are likely to occur are the application to the system. I need to make sure the system is applied correctly.
“No discipline system is perfect. Not mine, not the court system…they are as good as you can make them to be.”
Findings from the investigations will be released to the public.
Last month, Dorner called out the LAPD for turning a blind eye to racism and police brutality on the force. His headline-grabbing act of retaliation, culminating with a shootout with authorities as he hid in a Big Bear, Calif. cabin, inspired another officer to speak out. Joe Jones wrote his own manifesto revealing that he faced similar experiences to that of Dorner, but did not agree with his killing spree.
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