Chris Dorner is making life very interesting in California. His actions are evil, and the response is frightening. Honestly, as more and more occur, I’m worried about whether American life will ever be quite the same as it was before.
Dorner is a scary man. He’s allegedly killed people. He seems to have a problem with the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s not alone in that regard. Unfortunately, he’s allegedly used that to justify the murder of innocent people. He’s allegedly shooting random police officers. What’s truly disturbing is that he seems to think this will “clear his name”.
Did Dorner do what LAPD officials said he had done when they fired him? Who knows. I wasn’t there, I don’t have the fact, so I’m not going to say anything definitive about whether he did or didn’t do it. My gut says he may actually have been fired wrongfully. None of that matters now. None of it matters at all.
This person – I refuse to call him a man – has allegedly ambushed police officers that apparently did nothing to him. He’s allegedly killed the daughter of the man who defended him during his termination hearing because he didn’t think her father did a good enough job. That is just pathetic.
I have to use the word “allegedly” because, if I don’t, I’m opening myself up to a lawsuit. Those suck. Ask me how I know. However, the manifesto attributed to Dorner says he will target specific people. One of those was the family of the LAPD captain who let him down. This is all disturbing stuff.
It’s not the worst.
To me, the worst is the overall response. The California police officers shot up two pickup trucks. Neither contained Dorner. There are reports of drones being used over American skies in an effort to find Dorner, though those reports are unsubstantiated at this time. The incident itself is terrifying, but the fact that police officers seem to be randomly shooting vehicles that somewhat match the description of Dorner’s vehicle.
Now, I’m not going to pretend I’m an expert on police procedures. I do know that there has to be a heightened level of concern with trying to capture Dorner, since he’s already fired on police officers. However, there also needs to be an accounting for what these other officers have done. Their actions, while nowhere near as terrifying as Dorner’s rampage has been, erode trust in the police. There isn’t a lot there as it is. That’s why many people are touting Dorner as a hero. They think he’s fighting the good fight. The last thing the LAPD needs to do is reenforce that idea.
Honestly, despite the problems in its past, this whole incident has made me very proud of the Albany Police Department. Somehow, I really don’t think this would happen here…and for someone as cynical as I am, that’s saying something.
Edit: The LAPD was mistakenly identified as the shooters of two pickups in California. That has been corrected.