LAPD Shot Female Paper Carrier, 71, in Manhunt
Her truck looked like fugitive Dorner's
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 11:58 AM CST
This photo released by the Irvine Police Department showing what is believe to be the car of Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer.   (AP Photo/Irvine Police Dept.)

(Newser) – The two people mistakenly shot by the LAPD yesterday in the heat of the manhunt for Christopher Dorner have been identified as a mother and daughter delivering newspapers, reports the Los Angeles Times. Their truck bore a resemblance to the one driven by Dorner, and police spotted it in the early hours while protecting one of Dorner's announced targets. Emma Hernandez, 71, is in stable condition after being shot in the back twice. Daughter Margie Carranza, 47, needed stitches to a finger.

"The problem with the situation is it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn't take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don't look like a large black man," says their attorney. About a half-hour after the shooting, officers shot at another truck that looked like Dorner's, but that, too, was a mistake. No one was injured in that incident.

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butterbutterbutter
Feb 10, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Police seeking Dorner OPENED FIRE IN A SECOND CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY. David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way. Seconds later, Perdue's attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and OFFICERS OPENED FIRE; none of the bullets struck Perdue. "I don't want to use the word buffoonery but it really is unbridled police lawlessness," said Robert Sheahen, Perdue's attorney. "These people need training and they need restraint." http://touch.latimes.com/#sect... WTF WTF WTF????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
viva_yo
Feb 10, 2013 10:59 AM CST
Taking a page from NYPD's book of SOP.
KimKendall
Feb 10, 2013 7:24 AM CST
if the police chief does not fire every single officer that fired on both vehicles then he is unfit for his office. arbitrary execution is not part of formal american justice. women have too much political power. the female officer should be fired also.