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Friday, February 15, 2013

Christopher Jordan Dorner: "Hero", "Murderer", "Victim", "Nat Turner", Or Something Else?

  
These people were not LAPD management...

As the nation moves away from the case of a person who chose his own "way-out", allow a few words from one who suffers from a dichotomy over the last ten days.

Various forms of mental deterioration and a "shelf of murderers."

Aurora murderer
Sandy Hook murderer
I am unbiased in my view that Dorner "flipped" to a state of mind that touched into the irrational and mentally disturbed. He touched into the irrational because, he did not seem to be a permanent resident denizen of the insane as was the case of the Colorado theater murderer. Doner was a much different case of mental deterioration.   His actions appeared to resemble the acts the equally insane Sandy Hook murderer.  Yet, each exhibition of insanity were as different as day and night. No one kills five to six year old children. It just does not happen! 

I also do not place Dorner in the same 'mental' bag as Timothy Mcveigh and Terry Nichols (Oklahoma Bombing perpetrators).
   
                             Murderers. 

Dorner shared one fact with Ted Kaczynski, Ph.D, the "Unabomber": A manifesto. Kadczynski and Dorner also appeared to have shared deep rooted and long developing mental deterioration with associated desire to harm other people.

Murderer, Maimer and Terrorist


Despite differences in the listed perpetrators, I place Dorner on that same shelf of shame: Murderers

Wayne LaPierre's (NRA) "The only way to deal
with a bad guy with a guy, is a good guy with a gun
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" Really?

Murderers all and with varying degrees of mental deterioration.

Dorner's Manifesto linked 
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LAPD (And other large city Police Departments)

More after the break


As a teenager, I witnessed the aftermath (blood in the middle of a street) from a nightstick beating death administered by two police officers.  It was a chilling experience for an inner city teenager. Yet, I was spared the real horror. Other neighborhood denizens (Adults, children and teenagers  actually witnessed the beating death.  

It is within my scope of cognizance to believe the majority of you have never had similar experiences and many of you may feel all (or the vast majority of) police offers are 'the good guys". "All" for us means we are talking in absolutes. If we have to deal in absolutes with no room for differences in police officers as human beings, we say your perception is way off-base.  Of course, the majority of police officers are not 'beasts of brute". Nor are they people who Dorner wrote were harder on people of their own race for sake of 'acceptance' into the club of the 'blue, brown or black' uniform. The Mayor of Los Angeles, just today, spoke on MSNBC about his police department as 75% people of color (maybe the mayor included gender in the more global scope of diversity).  His implication was, Dorner's accusations may be less credible than written in his manifesto. While he was snot mayor during the period Dorner claims he was abused by the LAPD, he made the case of changing demographics to lessen the probability of Dorner's accusations.  Dorner's Manifesto struck home like being hit with a baseball bat to the head as he described the cop who is harder and more abusive of citizens of his or her own race. It was hard-hitting in its depiction and as human as 'corporate butt-sucking' for promotional advantage. It is real!

Law enforcement is a critical entity in all nations, even among tribes people and people who live isolated pristine clannish lives. Law enforcement fails society when it allows examples of Dorner's alleged observation of brutality of people the cop places in custody. We know that such abuse happens, even if Dorner's assertions cannot now be proven as accurate.  A well-known example is depicted below.  The victim is a woman!

  
BIG MAN Police Officer Edward Krawetz
The perpetrator (Krawetz) is as common a criminal as any thug in any community in the United States. The word "thug" on The Progressive Influence  in no way takes on the common 'code' of young black man.  Thugs reside in all communities and since there are many more whites in the nation than minorities, I can extrapolate there are more non-minority thugs than minority thugs.  In any case the thug officer's actions against the handcuffed woman led to department discipline:   The officer's sentence. 
Officer Krawetz did not go to prison, but was ordered into counseling and given a 10-year suspension by the judge.
What happens if the camera had not caught the brutality?  How would the department deal with the officer had the woman died from a broken neck or terminal head trauma?  

The images above when coupled with regular "caught on camera" acts from police against citizens give credence to Dorner's claims. Specifically, his claims of an initial incident that he alleged led to his termination from the LAPD.  His claims were probably based in fact, and when mixed with a mind that appears to have been a tortured mind, well........ 

1960s
I know a police academy candidate who is working his way towards graduation.  The guy once told me that if he could take a .50 Caliber Machine gun and go through the entirety of a predominant African-American part of our city firing his weapon, he would do so. He told me that without hesitation and without malice.

  
 
2011
Charges of brutality and racism against the LAPD goes without surprise.  I have written previously about LAPD's Mark Fuhrman (OJ Simpson fame and the LAPD "N" word cop), and the Rodney King beating (also well known due to video technology), speaks to the existential threat from police officers. The case of Amadou Bailo Diallo in New York City is another case of extreme police brutality.  As he reached for his wallet to prove his identity he was shot 19 times.

Amadou Bailo Diallo (September 2, 1975 – February 4, 1999) was a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea who was shot and killed in New York City on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo, outside 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were acquitted at trial in Albany, New York.[1]

The following graphics illustrate the prospect that Dorner was factually bothered by observation of abuse in LAPD. 

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police brutality statistics

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The data is there, Dorner's claims of whistle blowing abuse is documented (in his writings), and police brutality is not subsiding. It is a real problem!
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You could tell from the beginning to this piece, there was a "but" coming as you read about police brutality.

The Great "But"

What contributed to so very many people finding Dorner's demise that of a fallen "Robin Hood", "a hero" "a modern day Nat Turner" or with a great deal of disappointment, a Quentin Tarantino "Django Unchained"? The question is one that should be explored far more deeply than I can argumentatively passel  in this screed.  I will, however, discuss a few points.  

First, Dorner's psyche before his self-declared commencement of issues that aggrieved him, is not available for scrutiny.  His mother and very intimate friends may know his psyche, but we do not.  Therefore, we are observing a tragedy that is framed in the context of Dorner himself without benefit of observation of his mindset.  Any cognitive assimilation of information with an intent to draw an opinion is not available. If the full picture is not available how can we draw together a 360 degree image for proper framing. We cannot!

Second, Dorner's stated grievances appear in his manifesto as very specific and focuses mostly on LAPD management including a lawyer who defended him during his case against termination. Who were his first victims?  The daughter of the legal defender (an LAPD Police Dept. managers, I believe.) and her fiance a young African-American. One of Dorner's grievances against the LAPD was a being call a "nigger".  A reprehensible and offensive act, but one not at all uncommon for black people who live in America. After all,  we live in an "exceptional" nation, right?  Thus, Dorner shows his mental state was soiled well beyond simple retribution against those he alleges wronged him.  The key word there was "him".  Dorner claims a heightened case of anger by being called the "N" Word, yet his first act of vengeance is to kill two innocents ,one of which is factually African-American. He also via that shooting took his deteriorated mental state well beyond vengeance against that one particular family.  What of that young man's family, does anyone care?   

The shooter then indiscriminately and without warning ambushed a patrol car with two officers as passengers.  Within hours, members of the LAPD, mistakes a vehicle for that of Dorner, and they open fire. Inexcusable in every sense, but it appears to me yet another act framed by Dorner.  The shooter's death toll is not at three, with one Innocent woman wounded by LAPD.  Not one LAPD Police Department Manager has been attacked or even accosted by the alleged avenging marauder. 

On a tertiary basis, Dorner's Manifesto is laden with machismo, bravado, lucid examples of request to the media and immediate bouncing back to a mental state of "I am not going to live through this" (my words). He declared war on LAPD with full control over when he would start his attack. His planning was obviously developed with as much efficacy as  George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice and their false claims of WMD. Problem for Dorner, his appearance of planning was nothing more than running-up to the wilderness in mid winter with a geography that included snow.  (Footprints, cold, little water and no serious opportunity to sustain life for a long period. Dorner clearly never studied The Art of War (an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as "Sun Wu" and "Sunzi"). 

After reports of  tweaking his assault rifle to that of fully automatic, he killed yet another low enforcement officer (with two kids, the oldest is seven years old). His death toll i snow four and not one of those he alleged treated him unfairly have even been addressed by Dorner. 

I must ask, where is the "hero"? Where is the often repeated in social media, "Django Unchained"?  Where is Robin Hood beyond Dorner's choice of refugee in a wooded area? There is no need to visit the legacy of Nat Turner. Dorner's torment while unacceptable and abusive, quite probably, if true, does not in any way induce mental images of a man fighting injustice.

And, I believe there-in lies the high-level of empathy and sympathy for Dorner.  Centuries of racial oppression against people via slavery has most certainly contributed to a mindset of 'anyone busting free' gets applause. From slavery through Jim Crow to modern-day GOP voter suppression, African-Americans find opportunity to 'strike-back' as something that garners pride. I should state that I am reading remarks from people who are not African-American with equal anger towards the police in this case and empathy for Dorner.  It is not impossible for me to imagine the fact that Dorner died in a cabin set ablaze (accidently or intentional), could induce visions of lynchings prevalent in African-American history. With every case of police brutality, some people are inseminated with the thought of getting even. If you are not bothered by the imagery of that cop kicking a handcuffed woman in the head, you are lost to humanity.

"Getting even" to the point of viewing Dorner as some sort of hero despite his killing spree which took the lives of a bunch of innocents is very very sad and callous. Families are mourning the outcome of his personal vendetta.  

 I read a comment in response to a person who cannot find good in Dorner's rampage was along this line. "Did you read his story"?  I can only say "wow". The person who wrote that is so involved in some form of retribution he/she cannot see that Dorner's words are from a man who was very very troubled and was no longer mentally stable.

The title of this piecereflects my sentiments, I do not find Christopher Dorner a "victim", I find him a "murderer". 

And yes, police brutality disgusting and it is on the increase, not decreasing. As with Amadou Bailo Diallo with acquittal of all shooters and Police Officer Edward Krawetz (the kicking cop) with a veritable hand slap, It is not a reach to see how some of those I have criticize could feel Dorner sent an important message.  But, a message to whom and to what end?

UPDATE
The following article from Charles Blow of the New York Times most satisfying.  Linked.

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