Conflict & Tragedy
Dorner's story not over: Protesters march on LAPD headquarters demanding change
The ashes may have cooled from the torched San Bernardino mountain cabin, his burnt body carted away to the morgue, but the Christopher Dorner story is not going away. Protesters seeking answers reportedly converged on the Los Angeles Police Deptartment's headquarters Saturday.
Holding high huge placards which read “LAPD is corrupt,” and “Stop law enforcement corruption today,” demonstrators said they were not marching in support of what Dorner did - killing four people, including police officers, and injuring three more - but requesting answers on the LAPD corruption he spoke of in his online manifesto and the way law enforcement conducted the manhunt.
According to LA Weekly, another ex-LAPD cop, Joe Jones, also posted his manifesto supporting Dorner’s claims of rampant racism and police abuse in that department, and yet a third - a female officer - said that the biggest problem on the job is not facing the community at large but rather the Los Angeles Police Department itself.
Protesters believed Dorner was fired unfairly and that he was a victim of racism. They also called out the department for mistakenly shooting innocent people during the search for their former fellow officer. One woman, shot in the back, is still recovering. One protester, Michael Nam, held a sign with the Latin phrase “RIP Habeas Corpus,” and a tombstone engulfed in flames painted by his girlfriend.
Apart from the weekend demonstration, there is an online video game starring Dorner as a hero. Called “Christopher Dorner’s Last Stand Survival Game,” players get to shoot out the window of a cabin at the snowy mountain outside.
The vigilante ex-cop turned suspected killer had taken police on a weeklong chase after avenging his 2009 termination. The cat-and-mouse hunt ended last Tuesday, when the “hunters” cornered “the hunted” and burned the cabin he was allegedly holed up in to the ground.
Videos have since surfaced showing the siege and police officers were heard saying, “burn that f**king house down.” They also used the words “pushed him back” several times. The LAPD has since released a statement saying they did not deliberately torch Dorner but used tear gas to spook him out. However, this does not add up with officers saying they “pushed him back” into the cabin. If they were trying to get him to run out, why push him back in?
Dorner reportedly didn’t die from the fire but from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Despite being an alleged murderer, he has sparked support, which throws a troubling light on the undercurrents of our society. The masses are growing to increasingly mistrust those in authority, especially our government and law enforcement. This is decidedly unsettling, for it’s a sign of our well-crafted civil order cracking at the seams.
This mistrust has spilled over into the gun control debate and many say they will not give up their guns for it is their last defense against tyranny. Are we heading for our own “Western Spring?”
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