Protesters Slam Manhunt of Fugitive Ex-Cop
Demonstrators object to LAPD 'corruption and brutality'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2013 2:20 PM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2013 2:30 PM CST
This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police officer.    (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File)

(Newser) – Dozens of protesters rallied outside Los Angeles police headquarters yesterday in support of Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer and suspected killer of four who died after a shootout and fire this week at a mountain cabin following one of the biggest manhunts in recent memory. Protesters told the LA Times they didn't support Dorner's deadly methods, but objected to police corruption and brutality, and believed Dorner's claims of racism and unfair treatment by the department.

Many said they were angered by the conduct of the manhunt that led to Dorner's death and injuries to innocent bystanders who were mistaken for him. Michael Nam, 30, who held a sign with a flaming tombstone and the inscription "RIP Habeas Corpus," said it was "pretty obvious" police had no intention of bringing Dorner in alive. "They were the judge, the jury and the executioner," Nam said. "As an American citizen, you have the right to a trial and due process by law." The 33-year-old has already inspired a burgeoning subculture of followers. Tributes include a ballad titled "El Matapolicias," or "The Police Killer," penned by a Mexican crooner with lyrics paying homage to Dorner, and a YouTube clip showing excerpts from a video game titled "Christopher Dorner's Last Stand Survival Game."

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Feb 19, 2013 9:33 AM CST
I don't feel bad for him at all. If someone wants to run around killing people like that and winds up dead himself, he's got himself to thank so far as I'm concerned. His grievances may have been valid; but behaving that way is a separate issue entirely. He was a very good shot and had no intention of being taken alive. I can't believe anyone would think lethal force wasn't an option when confronting someone like that. Seriously? If it was so important that he be taken alive, maybe he should have surrendered.
Feb 18, 2013 2:39 PM CST
While Dorner's gripe was specifically with the LAPD, in the end it was the San Bernadino County Sherrif's Office running the show at the final shootout. They had just lost an Officer at that location, and Riverside (a nearby city) had lost one to Dorner a couple of days earlier. Several others had been shot at (or wounded) that day. They were trying to bring the situation to an end prior to darkness, when he might be able to elude them again. Having lived in the LA basin in the early '80s, I tend to lean toward Dorner's claims, even after 30 years. BUT, his actions cannot be justified by any stretch of the imagination. In the end , it is just going to be fodder for the "conspiracy theorists".
Feb 18, 2013 10:31 AM CST
There is no way to justify his actions. As for discrimination and corruption, that may very well be true...and it might not. Let's let a full, independent investigation decide before we all make assumptions about what the PD did or didn't do. Then, punish those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.