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Monday, February 11, 2013

Christopher Jordan Dorner "Dead Man Walking"; Could His Grievances Have Been Aired In Another Manner?

Cross posted from Whirling WindDotCom.

I will also comment, at the end of this piece.  My interest in this case has has multiple areas of concern.  

First, Whirling Wind....

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Justifying Murder – The Christopher Dorner Case

justifying murder header Justifying Murder   The Christopher Dorner Caseby Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.

 Justifying Murder – LAPD And The Christopher Dorner Case

At the time I’m writing this, ex-LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner is still at large. Officer Dorner is the primary suspect in several murders. At least one of them being a fellow LAPD officer.
If he has done as accused, there is no excuse for his behavior. His actions are reprehensible and would meet almost anyone’s definition of a serious mental pathology. It is not the purpose of this piece to either defend or justify his actions.
What concerns me is the reactions and the actions of the LAPD which presumably is not claiming “diminished capacity” as an explanation or justification for their behavior. If anything, their reaction is going a long way to prove the allegations levelled against the LAPD in Officer Dorner’s so called “manifesto.” The main accusations Officer Dorner leveled were those of racism and police brutality.
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Shoot first… Ask questions later.
In the aftermath of events, we’ve seen LAPD open fire – shoot first, ask questions later – on two women delivering newspapers. Their crime? They happened to be driving a truck that some “hair trigger” officers thought looked like the truck Officer Dorner was suspected of driving. Could you imagine the fallout that would ensue if you shot someone by mistake? “Emma Hernandez, 71, was delivering the Los Angeles Times with her daughter, 47-year-old Margie Carranza, when officers apparently mistook their pickup for that of Dorner.” One woman was shot in the back, the other in her hand.
A little while later, another vehicle was shot up. Fortunately the man inside was not hit. No commands were given. No opportunity to surrender. No attempts to effectuate an arrest. I was under the impression that the job of Law Enforcement Officers was not to act as judge, jury and executioner, but if possible deliver a suspect to a court of law. What we’re dealing with here is “street justice.”
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Warrant-less Searches???
What is the difference between the actions of LAPD and your common street gang? They have been ordering citizens out of their vehicles, searching their homes at gun point without obtaining search warrants as demanded by due process. Does the law not apply to the police? Are they above the law?
I have personally tended to scoff at the likes of Alex Jones when they beat the drums of societal collapse and martial law. However, they suddenly don’t seem so crazy. We are either a nation of laws or we are not! If the LAPD can throw “due process” and the United States Constitution out the window, then anybody can.All they need do is claim to be concerned for their own safety.

A Campaign Of Demonization

Read more after the brake below

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The Black Rambo?
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that the Public Relations department of the LAPD has shifted their tactics. The shift has been subtle, but evident nonetheless. At the beginning the focus of the LAPD was to paint Officer Dorner as mentally unstable, irrational, possibly suffering from PTSD, perhaps because of his service to this country in the Navy. In short, “Crazy Black Man” on the loose! Be afraid, be very afraid! Now, they’re portraying him as some sort of “Black Rambo.”
In an unprecedented move, the LAPD has released video tapes of Officer Dorner going through the common training course all LAPD Officers go through. They showed him on the shooting range – alongside other Officer candidates – remarking on how well he controlled the recoil of the pistol he was shooting. Evidently, according to the anonymous Public Relations representative, being able to control the relatively light recoil of a pistol, makes one an extremely deadly and accurate pistol shot. In point of fact, controlling recoil is not necessarily indicative of accuracy.
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Practicing disarming techniques with his fellow LAPD officers
They released a clip of him practicing disarming techniques with fellow Officers. Evidently you’re supposed to either forget or ignore the fact that the training he was receiving was the exact same training that all LAPD Officers receive. Thus, how does this make Officer Dorner any more or less dangerous than your average LAPD Officer? It does not.
Clearly what LAPD is doing is laying the ground work to justify murdering Christopher Dorner rather than bring him to justice. The question I have is why? This is a question that you and everyone else ought to be asking as loudly and as often as possible. What does he know? What might he say in open court that the LAPD would prefer him never to reveal in open Court? Are they justifying murder ahead of time? It seems to me that they are.

End WhirlingWindDotcom

The Pardu

Allow me to join Whirlwind.  I will start with a link to the Dorner memorandum and a few select excerpts from his writing. My screed has no relation to the WhirlwindDotCom piece other than sharing this page.   The writer are Whirlwind has no responsibility for what follows.  I will add that I totally agree with the Whirlwind assessment and inquiries regrading 'death to Dorner' and for reasons associated with his memorandum. 

Dorner Manifesto linked and excerpts below. (manifesto so named via the media)

Various excerpts
....I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north. 
....Bratton, Beck, Hayes, Tingirides, Eisenberg, Martella, Quan, Evans, Hernandez, Villanueva/Gallegos, and Anderson. Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over.Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep. I will utilize ISR at your home, workplace, and all locations in between. I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children’s schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. Its amazing whats on NIPR. HUMINT will be utilized to collect personal schedules of targets. I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours. Quan, Anderson, Evans, and BOR members Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead 
....I will conduct DA operations to destroy, exploit and seize designated targets. If unsuccessful or unable to meet objectives in these initial small scale offensive actions, I will reassess my BDA and re-attack until objectives are met. I have nothing to lose. My personal casualty means nothing. Just alike AAF’s, ACM’s, and AIF’s, you can not prevail against an enemy combatant who has no fear of death. An enemy who embraces death is a lose, lose situation for their enemy combatants. 
....The Violence of action will be HIGH. I am the reason TAC alert was established. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. ISR is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey. Your RD’s and homes away from work will be my AO and battle space. I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck. You have misjudged a sleeping giant. There is no conventional threat assessment for me. JAM, New Ba’ath party, 1920 rev BGE, ACM, AAF, AQAP, AQIM and AQIZ have nothing on me. Do not deploy airships or gunships. SA-7 Manpads will be waiting. As you know I also own Barrett .50′s so your APC are defunct and futile. 
Excerpts end

The following words are included in the Dorner memorandum and appear as well chosen illustration he knows his 'war' will end in a terminal manner.
Pyrrhic victory
Pyrrhic victory is a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way; however, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit. Nevertheless, a Pyrrhic victory is seen as a superior result to an outright loss, at least when the battle is over a strategically valuable resource.
Cadmean victory
a victory attained at as great a loss to the victor as to the vanquished.

As stated above, I have left this issue to the judgment of others while refraining from comment or written screed. 

I preferred to watch the case from afar with hope of understanding it in more detail, or writing if off as another act of yet another gun toting lunatic. Time has elapsed and I feel comfortable in commenting.

After reading the screed on the WhirlingwindDotCom page, I keyed the following comment on the page. (with minor correction)
Good piece. I also feel that this man has serious issues. Like, many others (who kill for revenge or for pleasure) his problems did not start with his service as a police officer. His mental issues started well before that time. Despite his grievances which should not surprise any of us, he killed an innocent couple because the daughter was related to a guy he feels was abusive to him. He killed the daughter and her boyfriend (fiance).
The LAPD was proven to be pure “dog meat’ as we witnessed the OJ Simpson Trial. Not only did the dept. contribute to his acquittal, we saw Mark (whatever his racist last name is) (Fuhrman) used racial slurs as if common practice among he and some of his cohorts. And, yes the world witnessed the now ancient but relevant Rodney King attempted murder.
No, I do not find Dorner to be a modern day Nat Turner (Slave insurrection). I do find yet another case of guns (and I am a multiple gun owner) in the hands of someone whose mind has long past normal. I am just not a sympathetic to Dorner’s acts and I wonder about the veracity of his (so called) manifesto in its entirety.
I stand by those remarks even after a second reading of the Dorner so-called manifesto (that is structured as a memorandum). It is apparent after reading the document    Dorner felt strongly about being (in his mind) wronged.  He also adroitly depicts a state of being that leads to, "I must differentiate from people of my ethnic background to prove myself worthy of those who have power and privilege."  I can without doubt see that mindset in his writing and it is no surprise he observed and added it to his memorandum.  We see it every day as African-American conservatives who, despite overwhelming evidence of and undercurrents of racism and bigotry in their party, remain quiet with each racist "oozing." And, we have people like Herman Cain and Allen West, who so obviously use a reverse form of racial bigotry to advance their receptivity among white people in their party.  Cain once implied that Barack Obama was not from the black experience.  West literally used historic anti-slavery figures for personal affiliation with his predominately white audiences. In both cases, each spoke to conservative white people who they knew held empathy for and receptivity to their "Differentiator" tactics. ("See, I am not like them").

Dorner depicted that (super ethnic) differentiator dynamic quite adroitly. He wrote with such acumen, it brought back like personal mental images from a past career outside law enforcement.

From another perspective, my concern with Dorner's vigilantism is extremely disturbing. It is especially disturbing as he chose to join the (increasing) ranks of those who, generally via mental incapacity, appointed themselves judge and jury. His actions not only resulted in death inflicted on a police officer  he shot randomly, his actions led to yet another case of LAPD heavy-handedness and abuse of innocent citizens.  If a police officer feels there is a murderer on a rampage killing officer simply via site of their patrol cars, should expect an attack first mentality to preserve their own lives. The answer is "no we should not expect such." I think this especially true since Dorner took his attack to the level of firing at any police patrol car without effort to discern passengers.  Therefore, we have two innocent women fired upon with one recovering for her wounds.  There is nothing rational about Dorner's attack, regardless of personal grievance. 

Reading many references to the Quentin Tarantino Movie  "Django Unchained", is truly disheartening.  Dorner is far too intelligent to make such an analogy with his acts and those of the movie character,  but one has to wonder. One does not have to wonder about the quick assimilation of Dorner's acts with the fictional character.  Pent-up frustration with centuries of force servitude, racism, bigotry, discrimination and living at the lowest economic  strata, seems to have inseminated a "John Brown" mindset in some of us.  While it is easy to see how one could equate Danjo's "going postal" to free his wife and retribution for years of physical and mental abuse, I do not recall seeing Django kill any innocents for sake of killing (the relative of one he claims abused him). I excluded the fictional job of bounty -hunter.

My satisfaction in the revenge killings in Django (especially the House servant Stephen), does not find commonality with Dorner's killings.

The writer at WhirlwindDotCom simply nailed issues related to the LAPD and police actions to make it clear Dorner will not be taken alive. Actually I suspect Dorner will end his own misery rather than suffer the humiliation of an arrest and abuse by the LAPD.  We have seen cases of police abuse and police murder in a number of US cities.   Their victims are far more than often African-American and to accept that black people commit more crime is to accept bigotry in its most basic form. 

One clear example of police murder was perpetrated in New York City; well outside the supposed "Red State" bet of no rights for non-whites.  

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 Cityon 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]

Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and a firestorm of controversy erupted subsequent to the event as the circumstances of the shooting prompted outrage both within and outside New York City. Issues such as police brutality, racial profiling, and contagious shooting were central to the ensuing controversy.
My Wiki excerpt excludes the fact Diallo was reaching for his wallet while standing in or near a door way to a dwelling.  What is the very first item some police officers requests upon detaining a citizen: proof of identity.  Diallo's exuberance in proving his identity met with police abuse, heavy handedness and murder.

As of this weekend, CNN is reporting Dorner's memorandum could yield a review of his termination from the LAPD.   On Saturday the LAPD announced they will reopen (for investigation) the case and details regarding his termination while indicating the reopened case is not an effort to "appease" Dorner.  Reopening the case is an obvious admission that based on Dorner's writing there is concern other agencies (possibly at a higher level of criminal justice)  may undertake reviewing the case. The Mayor of Los Angeles would be an idiot if he did not insist of some degree of investigation of Dorner's claims.    Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement might serve for a more detailed and thorough investigation. Additionally, witnesses who lie to an FBI investigator experience the prospect of imprisonment. It is impossible to fathom the LAPD will actually investigate to the point of corrective actions against named perpetrators.

ABC report from this past Saturday.

On Sunday the LAPD announced a reward of $1 million dollars for information leading to the apprehension (or killing) of the "terrorist".

It is a shame, Dorner is acting as what we commonly refer to as a 'terrorist".  It is also a shame that his mental state deteriorated to the level of, "....he should have better protected his daughter".   He anointed himself judge and executioner (killer of innocent), yet he makes not one mention of contacting state authorities of the Justice Department.  All while including passages that appear as 'martyrdom" in his memorandum.

If found to be true, and this writer suspects more than a modicum of truth in his memorandum, shame on the LAPD for continuing to employ and place on the street veritable  of "storm-troopers."

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