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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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And then, the last thing that I would just end with is not just L.A. A lot of times we think of just the L.A. Police Department, but it was just last week that we had seven deputies fired from the L.A. Sheriff’s Department because they had a rogue gang called the Jump Out Boys, where they were celebrating the shooting of black and Latinos. We have the situation in Anaheim, where you had seven people killed last year and protests that have gone on to this day. So you have a culture that—of police misconduct or police terrorism, as many people call it, that exists all throughout Southern California. And so, when incidents like this come up, you have a very divided community. And many people are saying, "What the heck is going on with the police department, all those police departments? And we want to get them checked out. And more importantly, we want to have trust restored. We want to have a zero tolerance policy, not something where they talk about, 'Well, things have improved over the last five to 10 years, they're not as bad as they were 20 years ago.’" How about zero tolerance? How about, you know, if you cross the line in terms of abuse, if you’re using anti-Semitic or racist type of epithets, that you’re off the force, period? Those are the types of things that I think people want and have long asked for and never got. They got slow change.

And what we’re seeing right now is maybe—what you see right now is the LAPDtrying to save face. So they’re going to do this investigation. They’re going to make sure that the whole world sees them try to find out whether of not this sergeant that he had a dispute with was lying or not lying. And that’s supposed to put everybody back to sleep. But most people aren’t going to go back to sleep. They’re going to demand answers, because he named off a whole bunch of other things in that manifesto that I think are very disturbing, and there’s a lot of other questions, including those shootings of the officers, who haven’t been arrested. Are they going to be punished? What’s happening with them? Why did they open fire? All those sorts of things should not be swept away.

AMY GOODMAN: You mean shooting by the officers of the innocent people, like the newspaper deliverers.



DAVEY D: Right, Emma—71-year-old Emma Hernandez and her daughter and the unnamed person that was—

AMY GOODMAN: I think his name is David Perdue.

DAVEY D: —that was shot by the Torrance police. Yes, thank you, David Perdue. Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: Who also happens to be a hundred pounds—looks like he’s about a hundred pounds less than Dorner and is white, not black.

DAVEY D: Well, you know, the other thing that they were doing down here in L.A. was they were actually—instead of asking the hard questions about why the police would shoot first and ask questions later, they were telling people, if you have pickup trucks, stay home, or if you look like Christopher Dorner, you know, maybe you might want to lay low, or, you know, everybody cooperate with the police. That—you know, I understand that when you have that sort of situation, tensions are high. It’s unprecedented. But that’s no excuse to roll up on the citizens in such a callous type of form. All of us have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not just the police. We all work hard. We all do our day-to-day tasks to try and bring about a better tomorrow. We shouldn’t have to fear from the people whose—our tax dollars go to protect and serve.

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