Christopher Dorner is no longer with us. He no doubt died a death filled with fear and pain, so those who had hoped for resolution and some sort of vengeance for the crimes he committed should feel satisfied. There is a mountain of conspiracy theory surrounding how he met his final end, but I'm not interested in any of that, because I read the manifesto and Christopher Dorner got exactly what he wanted. In my belief system he is somewhere that his name surely got judged, and in my opinion he's not enjoying the verdict.
We have a nasty habit in Southern California. We can experience incident after incident of police abuse that would make any 3rd world dictator tip his hat bow and say we're not worthy. Federal judge steps in we get a consent decree, a Christopher Commission, a new Police Chief to introduce an alphabet initiative that sounds good on TV and does nothing and the LAPD continues to keep its culture.
Now that Dorner is gone I'd like to share the stories of other African American LAPD officers who stepped forward. They wanted him to stop. They are crime fighters in their heart, but they also wanted to step forward in order to insure the racist tension and pain that caused Dorner to snap into an anti social monster is brought to light.
"Cheryl Dorsey, 54, retired from the Los Angeles Police Department on August 26, 2000, exactly one day after her 20th anniversary with the department. When asked about Christopher Dorner, she says, 'I am not surprised that it happened. I am surprised it took this long and I'm convinced that it will happen again if the department doesn't start to treat their employees better,'" said EURweb. "The mother of four says that when she was going through her own Board of Rights (BOR) hearing that involved the same charge as Dorner- giving false and misleading statements to an Internal Affairs investigator - when she seriously contemplated just jumping off the third floor of the Bradbury Building."
"Married to another LAPD officer at the time, Dorsey says she was a victim of domestic violence and after details of incidents at her home found their way into the department, she was charged with six counts of unnecessarily causing the response of an outside agency for the six calls she made to the sheriff's department from her home in Altadena. The charge of giving false and misleading statements was tacked on when questioned by Internal Affairs," said EURweb. "She says that chairman over the BOR at the time was Deputy Chief Martin Pomeroy, a Mormon who was known throughout the department as being racist towards Blacks. Dorsey says that Pomeroy didn't believe that she'd been the victim of domestic violence and told her as much. In the end she was suspended for five days instead of being terminated."
It was this woman's interview that caused me to write this. To hear her cry as she tells her story and not feel her pain probably means you need a soul transplant. Please go to the ABC site and watch her interview.
"I don't condone what he's done. It's appalling. But, it could have been me," she said. "It could have been many other officers that's in the situation he's in as we speak, and I just want him to know that there are officers out there that feel his pain."
Crystal said she too had a grievance with the LAPD and was treated unfairly. She also said a number of officers feel the same as Dorner did.
"There is some truth. I can relate to a lot of what he stated in his manifesto," she said. "I have no knowledge of what he personally went through; I can relate by what I went through. Speaking with other officers they can relate. I'm not saying I condone what he's doing by any means, but I can see how he fell of the cliff. I can totally see it. Totally."
She also said a number of different officers could have snapped like Dorner did, including herself, a thought she finds disturbing.
"I'm a female and to even think that that even could...It's just frightening," she said, breaking down in tears.
When I read your manifesto, my heart just dropped and continues to be very heavy. I have shed many tears while reading of your experience with the department and the measures you've taken these past seven days, to be heard and to clear your good name. As I continue to shed tears and pray for you and all of us involved, you most know by now that you have been heard loud and clear. Reading of your experience and witnessing your present behavior has opened many wounds for myself as well as fellow officers, who have experienced similar situations. You're absolutely right officer Dorner, "no one grow up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything you ever was." But this is exactly what you have become! It's been said, do not judge a man unless you walk a mile in his boots and I am certainly, not here to judge you by any means however, I have definitely walked a mile and then some in your boots. Much of what you have expressed in your manifesto, I can totally relate to, which is why I'm reaching out to you. I share your pain however, not by any means do I condone your actions. I will not go into detail of my experiences because it is not the purpose of this letter. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
I feel your pains!...But you are going about thisthe wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways, Only I didn't get Fired. I just choose to go a different route. My heart still suffered that same shock, I wasstill left to try and put the pieces back together. The disbelief that people could conspire and cause you to loose something you loved so dearly was still there. I lost my Career, I lost my Family, I lost my Dignity, I lost my Trust...But I am here now to hopefully one day see change...Bro, Don't kill anymore Innocent people. Your point has been made. Clearly. They know you mean business, The whole world knows. Refrain from any further wrong doing and do what you must to salvage your Soul. Whatever that means to you. Just remember that God is a forgiving God.
Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary posted a "personal appeal" on the website of Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson overnight. In it the sergeant says he still has ongoing concerns about racism in the department but that Chief Charlie Beck is a rare top cop "trying to make LAPD a better organization:"
... There's still much work to be done ... Some may say that nothing has changed with the leadership in the LAPD. ... Trust me I have been in the fight with the organization regarding social and racial injustice within the LAPD. Currently, I am the only out spoken African American within the organization that possesses the moral courage to confront and ask questions unflinchingly about race, racism and discrimination in the LAPD. Yet still, I have paid a humiliating price inside the LAPD for preserving and believing in the importance of "I have a Dream."
Not exactly an endorsement for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's insistence over the weekend that the department has made "strides" to shed a troubled past, strides he said he doesn't want undone by what appear to be Dorner's vengeful accusations of racism.
*Brian Bentley, 49, doesn't agree with what Christopher Dorner - the ex-cop at center of a massive manhunt for the killings of three people-has done, but he certainly understands it.
As a former LAPD officer, Bentley, who is now an author, says that a Dorner-like situation was just a matter of time.
"It took longer than I thought it would for something like this to happen."
In fact, Bentley says that when he was a police officer, there were frequent postings of "look out" bulletins on the walls at police stations featuring officers who'd been terminated and who were believed to have vendettas.
"When the Department terminated you, they intentionally tried to ruin your life," Bentley explains. "That's how they discredited you. Dorner isn't the first ex-police officer to have a manifesto or some sort of hit list."
Rodney King, Rampart, 39th and Dalton, May Day Mexican Mashing, we can stop the broken record.