Being a Criminal Defense Attorney, I’m used to defending people and actions that are, personally, repugnant…
So this is how I would defend Christopher Jordan Dorner. In case you don’t know who he is, Dorner is a former Lieutenant in the US Navy and a three-year veteran of the LAPD who went ballistic after being fired by the latter, and has accused the Los Angeles Police Department of continuing to use of force, racism, corruption then firing him for bringing up those issues.
He’s currently wanted for the “alleged” murder of three people as revenge
for his “unjust” dismissal from the LAPD.
His “Manifesto” posted to his FaceBook page starts out quite lucidly,
pointing out what happened during his Board of Rights hearing where
Dorner accuses training officer, Teresa Evans, of kicking and tasering a mentally ill suspect to death. And he alleges that the three
judge panel which found him guilty of similar actions, did so in order
to cover up the institutional corruption which permeates LAPD.
Dorner essentially lays out in his Manifesto how NOTHING has changed
from the Rodney King/Mark Fuhrman days in the LAPD.
According to media accounts, Dorner snapped after his firing and the rest is history. Although it’s curious that it took him years to snap,
Now there’s a manhunt for Dorner that’s taken a “shoot first/ask questions later” tone.
If you want proof the LAPD wants Dorner dead, look at the shameful actions towards two Hispanic women, Margie Carranza, 47, and her Mother, Emma Hernandez, 71.
Hernandez is still in the hospital in serious condition and were not issued any warning before LA police fired over 70 shots into their vehicle- which was not even the same make, year or color as Dorner’s vehicle!
Could it be that Dorner, being a black military veteran joined the LAPD because he believed in service, only to find out that the job had nothing to do with public service and everything to do with enforcing the will of a fascist police state?
That unable to go along with the LAPD’s culture of brutality, he tried to complain through official channels, only to find him self framed for the very behaviors he was alleging?
And now, in his own violent aberrant manner, is he trying to warn us all that something is terribly wrong in the LAPD and law enforcement in general with its growing paramilitary style of policing. Where citizens are no longer treated as suspects, but as enemy combatants?
These questions would be the cornerstones of my defense.
If I had to predict how this is going to end, I’d say it will probably be with
Dorner’s bullet-riddled body being stuffed into a Hefty bag. The LA Times has reported that the investigation into Dorner’s firing is being re-opened.
But it’s becoming abundantly clear that the LAPD have no interest in taking him alive.
I may be wrong, but if Dorner ever comes to the realization that he can do more good by turning himself in so he can testify to the crimes he witnessed as a member of LAPD, than by killing people.
He better line up enough support to protect him while he’s in custody, because that testimony is not something that LAPD ever wants to see the light of day.