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Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner’s Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate with LAPD’s Critics

Expert says Dorner's manifesto contains "troubling allegations."

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Davey D, the police department itself is saying it’s reopening, you know, investigating why exactly he, Dorner, was fired, which is very interesting, given what has happened. And Dorner is challenging reporters, in this 11-page manifesto, to, you know, get information about particular cases that he believes he has documentation on that no one has paid attention to.

DAVEY D: Well, there’s a few things going on. I mean, first of all, anybody who would kill innocent folks, I don’t think is a hero, so let’s kind of get that off the table, because I think when the question is raised about, "Let’s look at what is going on here, what he’s raising, let’s investigate that," the immediate response is like: Are you supporting a killer of innocent people? Are you supporting a cop killer? No, he named dates, times and places. Let’s look these—let’s check these out, because those allegations are pretty serious.

The other thing that you have is that, initially, they were said—this manifesto was described by Chief Beck as something that was ramblings on the Internet. Well, it wasn’t ramblings when he decided to put 40 to 50 security squads to protect his officers. He took that seriously. Obviously we are going to reexamine the allegations that he raised around the—his firing, so they’re taking that very seriously. The fact that he kind of implicated himself as being the killer of Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence, they’re taking that seriously. But then the allegations, they want to say those are ramblings. And I say, as journalists, we should take all that seriously, not just the incident with his sergeant, Teresa Evans, but also the allegations of recruits or officers singing Nazi songs to somebody—he talks about that—police officers who are on the beat to this day, he gives their names. They use the "N" word. Should there be a zero tolerance for that? Are they still officers on the beat? If so, why? We should check out to find out if people involved with the Rodney King scenario or the Rampart scandal have been expanded. If so, why?

AMY GOODMAN: And explain what Rampart is, for people who aren’t familiar.

DAVEY D: Rampart was the—Rampart was the biggest scandal that this country has ever seen with police departments, definitely in California. A lot of people were falsely accused, a lot of people were arrested, a lot of people did jail time, all this sort of stuff, before it was unpacked, maybe about 10 years ago, to find out that there was a lot of misdeeds. And public trust was severely compromised. So, when these allegations come up, you know, for people who have long mistrusted the LAPD, going all the way back to the ’50s, that kind of is a continuation of what is going on.

The other thing that I would add is that the allegations that he’s put here, where he’s naming off people’s names, people would say, "OK, why don’t you just check that out?" But the other thing that you’ve got to remember about, in California they have a policeman’s bill of rights. And that bill of rights is something that protects police, so you can’t get access to their records. You have no idea if they have a long history of violence, as he alleges in his manifesto with some of those officers. You don’t know if they’ve done wrongdoing. Maybe if you’re in a court of law and you’re suing or you’re the victim, you might have some access to it, but for the most part, there are laws on the book that have been re-enhanced, as recently as last year, that give the police absolute protection and privacy of their personnel records. And so we don’t know who’s out there, what they’re doing, what their records are, what their mindset is, all this sort of stuff. And so, I think just the fact that we have that, that needs to be something that people push back on. We should have total transparency when it comes to the police. And when allegations like this are raised, as journalists, instead of cheerleading, which you saw lot of media do in L.A., we should be checking it out. He named dates, times and places. We should check that out, find out if he was lying. If he wasn’t, then we should ask those hard questions as to how this sort of culture was allowed to continue.

 
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