There is no question as to the sanity of former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner. He felt he was wronged and is allegedly on a quest for revenge. The real question is what is more dangerous to the community as a whole, Dorner’s mission or the manhunt to bring him down?
Dorner’s manifesto declares that he won’t stop killing people until his name is cleared in the case that led to his firing in 2008. After reporting another officer for police brutality, it was the whistleblower, Dorner, who was relieved of duty. In response, he is now alleged to be targeting police and their families in revenge.
The police, on the other hand, have been targeting random pickup trucks in an effort to kill him before they even confirm he is present. It seems quite obvious that those attacking people at random are far more dangerous than someone who has a specific list of targets. It’s also very obvious that they want him dead, not arrested.
In an effort to prove Dorner’s allegations that the LAPD uses excessive force, six police opened fire on a blue pickup truck containing two Latino women delivering newspapers, with reports ranging from two dozen to nearly fifty shots fired. Both women survived, but sustained injuries. While there has been no official comment from the LAPD on this matter, Glen Jonas, who is representing the victims has stated that no warning was given prior to opening fire.
"No command, no instruction, no warning. They just opened fire on them," said Jonas, "They had no idea what was going on. They're huddling, covering up and praying and hoping they're not going to die."
A second pickup truck was rammed off the road by police and riddled with bullets only to find that they, again, had the wrong person. Luckily that man was not physically injured, though mental scars are sure to remain. The media is very reluctant to report on the LAPD’s errors in judgment, so details remain sketchy.
There is no defense for Dorner’s alleged actions, of course, but there is likewise no excuse for the actions of those hunting him. Dorner is fighting a war with his version of military targets while the police are the only ones who have caused civilian casualties. It seems the LAPD is accomplishing Dorner’s goals of exposing the unapologetic violence of the United States’ most infamous police force.