The ex-cop vigilante released a manifesto detailing a litany of misdeeds suffered. But he missed an obvious target - the church.
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For the unaware, Christopher Dorner is a former officer of the Los Angeles Police Department wanted in connection with three murders - crimes for which he appeared to implicate himself in a long manifesto posted online. In it, he claims he was ejected from the force because he was trying to blow the whistle on rampant use of excessive force, abuse of power, cover-ups, and both institutional and interpersonal racism. He also claimed that, having exhausted all legal avenues to clear his name, these crimes are the only thing that will get the city's attention and compel the LAPD to really clean up its act.
First, the obvious but necessary disclaimer:
Even if all of Dorner's accusations are proven to be 100% correct, there is no legal or ethical justification for the murder of three innocent people. For these crimes, Christopher Dorner will be caught and brought to justice, even if that means by deadly force. At this point, that seems to be the most inevitable outcome.
Also, I generally don't like to draw attention to this kind of writing, because I think it's unwise to enable a criminal's desire for attention. Thus, I was aware of this story for several days before I actually read what Dorner wrote.
But once I started, I couldn't stop. And what I read troubled me greatly. Most troubling, of course, were the accusations leveled against several officers of the law - accusations that seemed, to me at least, as being too specific and numerous to be delusions of paranoia. Given the LAPD's history with high-profile incidents of questionable behavior, it's reasonable to conclude that there is truth in some of Dorner's claims - though it's not clear how much truth.
But this passage - edited for length and clarity - is what really floored me, where Dorner describes his background and upbringing, trying to shed some light on why an officer and war veteran would choose to retaliate in such a conspicuous, bloody way:
Find any incidents where I was ever accused of being a bully. You won't, because it doesn't exist. It's not in my DNA. Never was. I was the only black kid in each of my elementary school classes from first grade to seventh grade in junior high and any instances where I was disciplined for fighting was in response to fellow students provoking common childhood schoolyard fights ... My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA. A fellow student called me a n--- on the playground. ... I struck him fast and hard with a punch and kick. The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me, then swatted me for striking Jim in response. He stated, 'as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did'. Problem is, I'm not a f--ing Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a n---. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as an equal human being.
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