The Scariest Parts of the Chris Dorner Manifesto That Warned of LAPD Killings

The Atlantic

The anti-cop cop-killing cop told us this was coming. California police spent Thursday morning on a statewide manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer who they suspect is connected to the shootings of three police officers today and two killings over the weekend. The search for Dorner resulted in two innocent bystanders — newspaper deliverywomen — being shot, but the most frightening part of the mayhem that's currently shutting down the California just system came before any bullets flew: Dorner warned of the attacks in a lengthy, winding screed accusing dirty cops of maintaining Rodney King-era tactics — and warning of more attacks to come.

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According to The Los Angeles Times, Dorner "wrote an online manifesto on his Facebook page, threatening to harm police officials and their families, law enforcement sources said." That unedited screed, which was published on Monday, is about 11,000 words long — part suicide-style note, part political rant, maybe even part target list — and has finally surfaced online. It may be the ravings of a fired officer gone on a rampage, but it also raises questions about what's wrong with the LAPD — or at least what the police could have done to prevent the killings, and where Dorner might be headed next as the search now extends from Las Vegas to LAPD headquarters, where snipers are currently on the roof in case Dorner returns.

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In the letter, Dorner nearly admits to the shootings to come:

I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days. You are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen. I know I will be villified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.

And his reasoning — albeit rambling — is that he believes the LAPD is a fudamentally corrupt organization: 

The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions. 

Those are serious charges and pretty intense if true, though the narrative of police departments being corrupt isn't exactly foreign — and certainly not in Los Angeles. But what cemented Dornan's belief is the incident that got him fired:

In 8/07 I reported an officer, for kicking a suspect (excessive force) during a Use of Force while I was assigned as a patrol officer at LAPD’s Harbor Division. While cuffing the suspect, [redacted] kicked the suspect twice in the chest and once in the face. The kick to the face left a visible injury on the left cheek below the eye. Unfortunately after reporting it to supervisors and investigated by PSB, nothing was done.

Dorner, as ABC News reports, was fired for making false statements in that case. But it's not like Dorner wasn't supported. According to the AP, the father of the man who Dorner claims his fellow officer kicked offered testimony that lined up with Dorner's claim. But that didn't change the outcome, and Dorner's firing seems to be the basis for the rampage:

I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back. I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences.

And Dorner goes on to name specific officers: 

[redacted] . 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.

The chilling part of the story behind his screed is that police believe Dorner has already made good on his threat of taking out these officers' families: Monica Quan, the daughter of officer Randy Quan (mentioned above), and her fiancé were found shot to death over the weekend, but at the time police had not tied Dorner to those murders. "Police say they are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of officers and their families," ABC News reports.

And Dorner wrote that he's going to keep coming: 

This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the resources and manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your op plans and TTP’s. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving. Do not waste your time with briefs and tabletops.

Whatever pre-planned responses you have established for a scenario like me, shelve it. Whatever contingency plan you have, shelve it. Whatever tertiary plan you’ve created, shelve it. I am a walking exigent circumstance with no OFF or reset button. JRIC, DOJ, LASD, FBI and other local LE can’t assist and should not involve themselves in a matter that does not concern them. For all other agencies, do not involve yourself in this capture or recovery of me.

The rest of the letter reads a bit like a mix of a suicide/death-threat/goodbye letter:

Self Preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09. I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.

And after a bit of pontification on race, a bit on the assault-weapons Ban, and Mitt Romney, Dorner includes weird shout-outs to Laura Prepon, America Ferrera, Ashley Graham... and Ellen Degeneres:

Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love.

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The manhunt for Dorner is still on. The California Highway Patrol has warned officers that Dorner is armed and dangerous and have put his license-plate number up and down California's freeways (picture at right). "The problem, police say, is that they believe Dorner is switching license plates on his car, a 2005 charcoal-gray Nissan Titan pickup truck," reports ABC News, which adds that police in Southern California have been outfitted with tactical gear. "We don't know where he is. We're looking for the public's help to locate this guy. Anybody who sees him or believes they see him or his vehicle should call 911," Commander Andrew Smith told the AP. The police have not spoken about the allegations in Dorner's manifesto at this time. 

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