LOS ANGELES - It's official. The Christopher Dorner saga has come to an end. It almost feels strange to think that just over a week ago, I didn't know who Mr. Dorner was. Then came the double murder of engaged couple Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence on February 3rd; their bodies found in a parked car inside the parking garage of their Irvine condo. No one had a clue as to who murdered them and why. Then the manifesto from one Christopher Dorner was leaked and soon the airwaves were filled with media reports of a crazy former cop who pledged to murder those who had wronged him, starting with their families.
Monica Quan, the daughter of retired LAPD captain Randall Quan, was the first known target and casualty of Mr. Dorner's twisted vendetta. Apparently, Mr. Dorner blamed Mr. Quan - among others - for his firing by the LAPD. Mr. Quan, then retired and a practicing attorney, represented Mr. Dorner before a tribunal in which he was accused of making false allegations against his training officer. Mr. Dorner alleged the hearings and his eventual firing were retaliation for reporting police brutality at the hands of his training officer, claiming she kicked a mentally-challenged man (schizophrenia and dementia) in the face and chest - an allegation corroborated by the man's father.
As the manhunt got underway, I kept hearing about this "manifesto" Mr. Dorner left behind. The media described it as "rambling" and "incoherent," a clear example of a confused mind. Finally, I felt the need to read the document for myself and found an unredacted copy online (Read here).
After reading the first few pages, I found myself instantly disgusted with the media and their mischaracterization of the document. It was clearly a WHISTLEBLOWER account. It was clear, concise and relatively well-organized. A rambling mess, it was not. Even more upsetting, not one media outlet was addressing the specific allegations Mr. Dorner made in his manifesto. He clearly and precisely discussed corruption, police misconduct and widespread racism within the LAPD, condoned and rewarded at the highest levels, and often provided specific examples. Despite this reality, none of the media spoke of these things, instead they happily towed the party line and followed LAPD's lead in painting Mr. Dorner as a lunatic. In my opinion, a lunatic could not have written such a well-organized account.
Based on the comments on various social pages and under every news story about Mr. Dorner, many others across the nation shared my sentiment after having read the manifesto. We wanted the allegations made by Mr. Dorner acknowledged and fully investigated. I absolutely do not and did not support Mr. Dorner's actions, especially the taking of innocent human life. However, his heinous acts do not negate the likely truth of what he was attempting to expose with his actions.
After a days-long manhunt and two additional lives lost, Mr. Dorner was tracked to Big Bear and cornered in a cabin. Like many others, I never expected law enforcement to take Mr. Dorner into custody alive - despite their claims of wanting to do so - even if he gave himself up willingly; not after reading his manifesto. Too much dirty laundry. To take him alive would all but guarantee an investigation into his motives, where answers would be given to questions the LAPD didn't want asked. A law enforcement agency with a corrupt and racially-tainted past couldn't take such risks.
So on February 12th, law enforcement set the cabin where Mr. Dorner was holed up on fire and let it burn to the ground - with him inside. A single gunshot from inside the cabin was heard not too long after, likely a self-inflicted suicide shot by Mr. Dorner. Of course, law enforcement claimed the fire wasn't intentional, just a consequence of shooting tear gas into the structure (a type commonly referred to as a "burner"), but I don't buy it. As further evidence of this likelihood, the following was accidentally transmitted during a live broadcast of the police standoff with Mr. Dorner:
“Burn that fucking house down!” shouted a deputy through a scanner transmission inadvertently broadcast on the Los Angeles local news channel, KCAL 9. “Fucking burn this motherfucker!” another cop could be heard exclaiming. (Source)
Read a detailed account of How Law Enforcement and Media Covered Up the Plan to Burn Christopher Dorner Alive.
On February 14th, the coroner confirmed remains found in the charred cabin were those of Christopher Dorner; thus, the manhunt is officially over. While many may be ready and willing to put this Christopher Dorner chapter behind us, especially the LAPD, I am not. I want every allegation Mr. Dorner made about the LAPD fully and thoroughly investigated by the Justice Department. How about you?