The LAPD told reporters Wednesday morning that they believe suspected murderer Christopher Dorner died Tuesday in a burned out cabin where he was believed holed up following a deadly shootout with police in the Big Bear area. That shootout left Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain dead and another officer wounded. (CBS2 has excellent coverage with reporter Carter Evans very close to the final firefight.)
Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, pictured with Dorner at right, called the fired ex-LAPD officer an "injustice collector"- a FBI profiler term for a suspect seeking revenge. Dorner, a sharp shooter trained in anti-terrorism tactics, left a long manifesto documenting what he alleges are specific police abuses and pledged to kill "high value targets" until the abuses are investigated and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck publicly cleared his name. Lesbians are among those Dorner promised to target:
Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.
Beck has said he will reopen the case that lead to Dorner's firing, the trigger that set off the killings. "I'm not doing this to appease him," Beck told KCBS2's Pat Harvey. "I'm doing this so the community has faith in what the police department does" Beck says he will make the inspection public.
LA Weekly provoked some backlash by suggesting that the African American community considered Dorner a "hero" as a "victim of racism."
African American columnist Nadra Kareem Nittle quickly disputed that view.
To suggest that Dorner is a hero to blacks and a menace to whites is completely irresponsible, especially given that Dorner allegedly killed a young, black man with a bright future. Police say Dorner fatally shot Concordia University grad Keith Lawrence and his fiancée, Monica Quan, on Feb. 3 in Irvine, Calif. Why? Because Quan is the daughter of Randal K. Quan, a retired LAPD captain Dorner says gave him the short shrift at the hearing that led to his dismissal from LAPD. I doubt Lawrence's family views Dorner as a hero, or aren't they part of the black community?
Here's is a section of Dorner's manifesto:
I'm not an aspiring rapper, I'm not a gang member, I'm not a dope dealer, I don't have multiple babies momma's. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn't need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It's in my DNA....
Terminating officers because they expose a culture of lying, racism (from the academy), and excessive use of force will immediately change. PSB can not police their own and that has been proven. The blue line will forever be severed and a cultural change will be implanted. You have awoken a sleeping giant.
I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north.
But killing is anathema to morality.