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Media Portray Dorner as Whistleblower, LAPD Reopens Firing

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 8.06.59 AMAs rogue former Los Angeles Police Department police officer Christopher Dorner remains at large after allegedly shooting five people and killing three, including a police officer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced Saturday that the force would re-open an investigation into Dorner’s firing from the LAPD. The media havebeen spinning Dorner as a whistleblowing victim of LAPD injustice. Dorner was employed by LAPD from 2006 to 2009, when he was fired for apparently lying about his training officer kicking a schizophrenic man.

Dorner placed heavy emphasis on his LAPD firing as the rationale for his shooting spree in a bizarre 20-page manifesto posted to Facebook. “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,” he wrote. “The question is, what would you do to clear your name? …. I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered and libeled me.” In the manifesto, Dorner also accused the LAPD of systemic anti-Semitic and racist behavior.

According to Commander Andrew Smith, the purpose of reopening the investigation would be “to insure the public that the LAPD is fair and transparent.” Beck wrote, ““I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination. I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their Police Department is transparent and fair in all the things we do.”

This decision incentivizes every person with a grievance to go on a shooting spree. Dorner was known for years as a borderline case with LAPD; as the Los Angeles Times reported, the day of his disciplinary hearing in 2009, LAPD brass “took the unusual step of summoning armed guards to stand watch at his disciplinary hearing downtown. Those present were nervous that Dorner might do something rash when he learned that he was being stripped of his badge.” People in Dorner’s police training class described him as “one of our problem children.”

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