Ex-cop with anti-LAPD manifesto wanted for shootings

Three LAPD officers were shot Thursday. Police have reportedly shot four innocent people in hunt for suspect

By Natasha Lennard

Published February 7, 2013 6:04PM (EST)

 LAPD car door (Shutterstock)
LAPD car door (Shutterstock)

A former LAPD officer who railed against the police department in a threatening manifesto is suspected of shooting three cops Thursday morning, reportedly killing one. According to reports, the suspect was already wanted by police for fatally shooting the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiancé in Irvine over the weekend.

Police are searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33: "a former U.S. Navy reservist, Dorner was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer," the LA Times reported. In his online manifesto, Dorner equates being dismissed from the force to his "death" and says that "shocking actions" he has taken are 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."

Dorner's LAPD case began when he lodged a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans. He accused her of kicking a suspect named Christopher Gettler. In his online manifesto, Dorner calls on journalists to FOIA the LAPD files on the incident, "There, you will see that a video was played for the BOR [board of rights] members of Mr. Christopher Gettler who suffers from Schizophrenia and Dementia stating that he was kicked by a female officer," wrote Dorner. The board of rights  had ruled Dorner's complaint false and terminated his employment for making false statements. He appealed the action.

His sprawling text decries LAPD officers for "lying, racism (from the academy), and excessive use of force." He wrote, "The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse." According to reports, Dorner's manifesto implicated him in the murder of the LAPD captain's daughter as he specifically named the captain. Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner's dismissal.

"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours," wrote Dorner.

According to BuzzFeed, the now-intense manhunt for Dorner has already led to more violence. "Two people in Torrance were shot by LAPD officers when the officers came across a vehicle similar to Dorner's. They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Dorner was nowhere to be found. According to the AP, another similar incident then followed. The AP tweeted, "Los Angeles police shoot innocent people while guarding a target named in ex-cop's manifesto."

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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