Ex-LAPD officer Dorner turns cop killer.
SoCal is a LAPD vs everyone manhunt zone today, Torrance police have already shot two motorists in my city for driving a somewhat similar vehicle to work, doing nothing to win the hearts and minds of local residents.
Dorner says some very penetrating things about the LAPD Harbor division in his initially quite coherent rant that devolves into weird pop culture shout outs by the end. It's a harsh read in parts, clearly a suicide note as well, but he lays himself bare and names some names that will have big repercussions around here.
I've lived half my almost 50 years off the Harbor gateway and when cops come at me, they come with deadly intent even if I'm just biking or walking down the street. This has happened to me many times with no citation or arrest, just a very physical, put me on my knees on the concrete while they draw their weapons, stop & frisk and it enrages me, I can only imagine what it does to the teen and young adult residents. I worked with lots of cops when I spent 5 years as a USFS firefighter, none ever made me hate them in moments like Harbor division cops so often have. They want that conflict, they want me to react with physical or verbal violence. They will tell me I seem "agitated" or "high" or whatever to try and justify their next step in ratcheting up the intimidation. I can tell there's a culture of kicking ass and taking names all day long at Harbor division. They aren't the only ones, but much of what Dorner says about them rings true to me, sadly.
LA sheriffs fire 7 deputies today for being a secret clique called the Jump Out Boys that tattooed each other whenever they shot a perp and they didn't seem too hot on the innocent until proven guilty sections of the law while doing it. No wonder so many people around here are anxious all the time and put those fears on their kids. These expensive, over-powered urban police forces are too often a law unto themselves, we need more sunshine and oversight from communities into the police who are supposed to work for better neighborhoods, not turn them into daily battlegrounds.
Here is a link that might be useful: full text of Dorner's manifesto