Former police officer Christopher Dorner is suspected in the deaths of a police officer and in two other Los Angeles Police Department related homicides. He has issued a manifesto stating he is out for revenge and to clear his name, saying he was hounded out of the LAPD for reporting incidents of racism and abuse of criminal suspects. The U.S. military has trained him well in killing and the LAPD is right to be fearful of him.
But how does that justify the crazed, homicidal behavior of the LAPD over the past few days?
5 a.m. on Thursday, Police received a radio call saying a truck matching Dorner’s gray Nissan Titan was spotted near the home of a high-ranking LAPD officer. A few minutes later, a truck rolled down the officer’s street in Torrance. As the vehicle slowly approached, officers at the house opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck.
The truck was a Toyota Tacoma not a Nissan Titan.
The color was aqua blue, not gray.
And inside the truck wasn’t Dorner, a large black man, but two not-large Hispanic women — Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71 — delivering newspapers.
But hey, not to worry, folks, the LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has already excused this criminal stupidity: the officers were understandably edgy:
The L.A. Times further reports:
Law enforcement sources told The Times that at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs. Residents said they wanted to know what happened.
“How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?” said Richard Goo, 62, who counted five bullet holes in the entryway to his house.
Glen T. Jonas, the attorney representing the women, said the police officers gave “no commands, no instructions and no opportunity to surrender” before opening fire. He described a terrifying encounter in which the pair were in the early part of their delivery route through several South Bay communities. Hernandez was in the back seat handing papers to her daughter, who was driving. Carranza would briefly slow the truck to throw papers on driveways and front walks.
A reader commented (under an LA Times op-ed criticizing Beck for prejudging the officers innocent):
There seems to be two forms of justice being presented here – one for civilians, and one for cops, and based on Beck’s public statements, no charges should be filed, take his word on that. The DA and State Attorney General’s Office need to jump on this case, and start demonstrating some accountability for a myriad of laws that were broken here – assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder by police officers, multiple counts of assault, and criminal negligence.
Damn (!) these people are out of control:
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.
His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.
“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.”
So many great comments under that article, but choosing just one (emphasis added):
LL Cool J will be hosting the Grammys this evening, I hope he is not shot due to mistaken Identity. LAPD is one stupid police dept. Our community have been a victim of their mistakes and brutality for decades. The Rodney King incident was one of thousands only that time it was caught on tape. People still didn’t believe it. Oh Well. Dorner had the audacity to cross the thin blue line in other words he snitched. You see what LAPD do to snitches …
Advice: If you live in LA LA land, don’t matter what brand or color, keep the pick-up truck in the driveway.
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