Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner’s Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate with LAPD’s Critics
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AMY GOODMAN: For people who aren’t following this case in the greater Los Angeles area, if you can explain exactly what you understand has happened, you know, what this manhunt is about and what this manifesto is.
DAVEY D: Well, you know, the main thing is, with the manifesto, he points out that he’s going to rage—he’s going to wage war on the police officers who’d done him dirty. And so, with that, you’ve seen an unprecedented amount of manpower, resources, an award, and language that says that all of our security is undermined. I mean, really, the security that’s undermined is the police department. And so, really what you’re seeing, at the end of the day, is higher value placed on the lives of the police, and you’re seeing them pull all the stops out to find this one individual.
Granted, with the murders of the two people, the captain’s daughter and her fiancé, how do we know that he did it? I’m not defending this. We know he said this in his manifesto, but what’s the evidence that they have that they are now pursuing is the question that I would ask.
Going above and beyond that, I’m still concerned in—I’m basically—people are concerned that his charges that LAPD is still corrupt and is still very violent, I think, resonates with a lot of folks, and that’s something that needs to be checked out. And we saw that come to the forefront when we saw the two women, Emma Hernandez and her daughter, who were shot in the back. One of them, you saw like 30 or 40 rounds shot in the—with their truck, that didn’t fit the description. We hear that they were given no warnings, no commands. And for many people, that’s like business as usual in L.A.
AMY GOODMAN: Explain how that happened.
DAVEY D: That goes back to a history where—huh? Beg your pardon?
AMY GOODMAN: Explain how that happened, how Emma Hernandez—
DAVEY D: Well, they were delivering newspapers the night that the officer in Riverside County was shot. And so, there was this manhunt, and I guess two of the undercover cops that were assigned to protect officers that were under threat from Dorner, they approached this truck and shot them. They shot them from the back. You see the pictures. And what you got was an apology and a new truck that’s being offered. How about people being arrested for negligence, you know? How about, you know, the transparency in the procedure that they followed or didn’t follow in terms of how they went about shooting innocent people?
We also know that there was a man that was shot. He was driving a truck that was similar but not the same color. We don’t even know his name, and he was shot with another—by another department, the Torrance Police Department. So, for many people, when you hear that, that’s like, OK, shoot first, ask questions later. That goes back to a deep, sordid history in Los Angeles. And I’m saying that as somebody who’s lived in L.A. for a long time.
AMY GOODMAN: I want to read an excerpt of Christopher Dorner’s manifesto. He wrote, quote, "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." Dorner goes on, "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. He went on to say he would use, quote, "every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I’ve been given" to bring "warfare’’ to the LAPD and its families.