I'm sure if you surf the net or watch the news, you heard or saw this. Facebook pages, twitters, online organizations and a political movement all siding with Christopher Dorner, the man who killed two civilians and two cops in his attempt to 'clear his name'. While this speaks about the culture we now live in, we can't talk about that before we learn more about the man in question.
Christopher was an Navy Reservist before joining the LAPD in 2005. He completed his training in 2006 and after returning from his deployment as a reservist to Bahrain for 13 months, was partnered with Sergeant Teresa Evans to complete his probationary training. During this training, in 2007, they were called to the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro where Christopher Gettler was causing a disturbance. When Dorner and his training officer showed up, they found Gettler. He was uncooperative and threw a punch at one of the officers, prompting Sargent Evans, to use an electric Taser weapon on him and then arrest him. Here is where the story changes.
Dorner attests that Evans then kicked the man in the face, chest and the shoulders. However, not only where there no markings on the man or his clothing to coinside with being kicked. Three witnesses from the DoubleTree Hotel who watched the events testified to not seeing any kicking occurring. There are also two other issues with the story. First, Dorner was given a poor rating prior to him coming forward about the incident and second, it took him two weeks to come forward.
It was this incident that cause Dorner to be fired and lose his security clearance which also made him lose his job with the Navy Reserves, it was unclear whether this was before or after his divorce in 2007. Dorner did fight the termination, taking it to court several times. However the judges all found that there was no sufficient evidence to support Dorner's claims. The last time was in 2011.
Dorner goes off the radar for a time after this before posting his manifesto online in early February. Here's the timeline that I found of the events:
On February 1, Anderson Cooper of CNN received a package at his office containing a DVD that states Dorner's case against the LAPD. The package also contained a bullet-ridden Challenge coin issued by LAPD Chief William Bratton and a note inscribed with "1MOA" (1 Minute of Angle), implying that the coin was shot at 100m.
In the city of Irvine, in the evening hours of February 3, 2013, 28-year-old Monica Quan, and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in Lawrence's parked car, outside their condominium complex. Quan, an assistant women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, was the daughter of Randal Quan, a former Los Angeles Police Department captain and lawyer who formerly represented Dorner during Dorner's dismissal hearing from the LAPD. Lawrence was a campus security officer for University of Southern California.
On February 4, a manifesto was published online, purportedly by Dorner, outlining his experiences and stating his motives for the shootings as being to clear his name. In it he wrote, "I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That's what this is about, my name." Dorner's manifesto had also specifically named Randal Quan and his family as targets, so Irvine police named Dorner as the primary suspect in the murders of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence on the afternoon of February 6, 2013. The manifesto said that Quan had failed to represent Dorner's interests, in favor of those of the department. Dorner reported specific acts of specific officers participating in the retaliation but their names have been redacted by media sources at the request of law enforcement who have cited officer safety concerns.
At approximately 1:30 am on February 7, two LAPD officers were driving to a protection detail where they were assigned as security for one of the officers potentially targeted by Dorner, when they were flagged down by a civilian. The person who flagged them down reported seeing a man matching Dorner's description at a gas station in Corona. The officers investigated the report, and they were following a pickup truck when the driver stopped, got out, and fired a rifle at them, grazing the head of one officer.
Shortly after that incident, two police officers were ambushed while stopped in their marked patrol unit at a red light in the city of Riverside. One officer, Michael Crain, died shortly after the shooting; the other was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition for surgery but survived.
It was after this event that police put their entire force on 'Tactical Alert'. This meant that each officer was now working 12-hour shifts 7 days a week. When they found evidence that Dorner was moving out of the LAPD's jurisdictions, other police forces joined in. They followed the trail to the Big Bear mountain range. Most of us know the incidents that follow which lead to the final firefight on the 13th.
During the events, Dorner becomes something of a cult hero in some circles. These circles already had their grevences about the LAPD or police in general, and to have someone whom they can believe is fighting against them was enough for them to cheer for more deaths by the officers and apparently by anyone related to them seeing as they didn't shed a tear about the two civilians.
I can't even begin to understand why they would do this beyond mental deficiency. To call for the killing of people just because of the organization they belong to is rather unusual to me.
I'm sure we could hit the usual suspects for the growth of these circles; The Internet for making it easier for them to get together, Rap music that often have negative lyrics on the topic of the police, video games that reward their killing. However, I think it may be something deeper than that. However, I am unsure as to what it is. What do you folks think? Do you think Dorner is a hero? Or do you have any idea as to why he is treated as such?