On Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) many people were gathering around the television to watch the president's State of the Union Speech. The breaking news of the hour was the impending capture of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. The alleged cop killer was pinned down in a cabin in Big Bear Mountain which is a quaint resort town about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The reports were disturbing because the news was reporting that the police had requested the media's cameras be turned off to prevent the perpetrator from observing their moves on television.
This seemed odd to many due to the fact that the perpetrator was involved in gunfire exchange with hundreds of police officers at the time. Never-the-less the authorities demands were granted and the constant refrain from that point forward was reporting the authorities request. During the lull in gunfire it is reported that a remote controlled demolition robot was used to approach the cabin, cut a hole in the wall and visually scan the inside of the cabin. Blood splatters were observed on the floor but no sign of Dorner was evident.
The authorities had been directed to the cabin following a 911 call in which a couple had been car-jacked but not harmed by the assailant. This couple should have been the first in line to receive the million dollar reward. Later another 911 call came from a lady who along with her husband had returned to their cabin not knowing that Dorner was hiding there. The couple was tied up but the lady got free and called 911. This lady should have also been in line to receive the reward. Unfortunately the reward stated "Capture and Conviction of Christopher Dorner." It is now known that capturing him was never an option. The ambush of the two ladies delivering papers was evident that the orders was clearly shoot to kill. The video in this article is a recording of the police transmission of the minutes before the fire and needs no commentary to explain.
Earlier that day it was being reported that Dorner could possibly have escaped to Mexico. Now that the ordeal is over, two days later a positive ID has yet to be made. This fact is puzzling because, despite the fact that the cabin was burned to the ground, the body found in the basement was charred beyond recognition, Dorner's drivers licence was found next to the body. This revelation should not surprise anyone because one of the hijackers on 09/11/11 drivers licence was found on the sidewalk despite the fact that nothing else from the towers or the planes were recognizable.
Eventually this saga will be a faded memory and the final report will be submitted. Whether or not the LAPD will address the issues brought out in the infamous manisfesto is left to be seen. The unharmed couple in the car-jacking incident as well as the coupled tied up in their own cabin will eventually get on with their lives. As for now we will have to wait and see if the $1 million reward for the "Capture and Conviction of Christopher Dorner" was just a play on words. Rob Redding of Redding News Review called the event a "Public Lynching". There was no reward offered for the execution of Christopher Dorner so the reward offered might as well have gone up in smoke.
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