There have been questions raised about the Christopher Dorner case by those who have listened to the LAPD scanner feed recorded after the public feeds were cut. The Guardian.UK published a transcript of the transmissions in question on Wed., Feb. 13. It reads as follows:
· All right, Steve, we're gonna go, er, we're gonna go forward with the plan, with, er, with the burn [or burner]. We want it, er, like we talked about.
He then adds shortly afterwards:
· Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.
A female voice responds:
· Copy. Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.
At around 2min 20sec, a male voice says:
· Guys, be ready on the No 4 side. We have fire in the front. He might come out the back.
At around 2min 50sec, a male voice requests a fire engine.
As is often the case when information is not forthcoming, conspiracy theories have begun to spring up. At a very brief press conference tonight, the LAPD assured everyone that although they fired pyrotechnic tear gas canisters into the cabin, they did not purposely burn the suspect to death in the cabin.
According to an update on the Guardian, the term “burner,” as used in the above scanner conversation, is a slang term for a tear gas canister.
There has been an unexpected level of sympathy and support for the ex-cop who has killed four people, including two police officers after posting an online manifesto of his intentions online. It is difficult to understand how his violent actions could illicit this response despite the fact that his original discharge from the LAPD may have been an injustice. The department had reopened his case for consideration after he posted his manifesto and began his killing spree. It is uncertain if the case will remain open now that Christopher Dorner is dead.