Los Angeles, CA—Last night seemed very quiet, as there were apparently no more cops shot by fired LAPD cop, Chris Dorner. Has he stopped? Did he kill himself or succumb to cold weather in the mountains or hunger? Where could he be right now?
One thing for sure Dorner has leaned a lot from his military and LAPD trainers. He was taught how to kill people and break their things. He was taught how to stalk fugitives so locating ordinary people he’s got a beef with is child’s play. He also knows how to improvise and construct bombs.
LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck’s response to a reporter’s question said it all, “Of course he knows what he’s doing, we trained him.” If Dorner has not stopped himself, he’s virtually unstoppable. Dorner along with his hunters all know that surprise is on his side. The use of hit & run guerilla tactics by anyone reasonably trained like Dorner can take an astounding toll of human life.
We can only hope Dorner’s goal was simply to get a sharp focus on the LAPD’s treatment of him. If that was the case he succeeded. Frankly they LAPD’s internal due process and fairness as applied to Dorner has a familiar odor and it does not smell right. Did LAPD protect its reputation over the rights and reputation of Chris Dorner?
If I were to categorize and label Dorner’s actions I’d call it workplace violence. Dorner simply went Postal. He was wounded emotionally by his superiors and then made the rare choice to respond with calculated violence.
As human beings we are all surprisingly fragile. We know that we can also become outrageously cruel. What would it take to bring any of us over the edge like Dorner?
Over the decades, I’ve seen many good cops have their careers destroyed by lies, political agendas and criminal obstruction of justice. When it happens there is usually nothing that can be done about it. Those cops who are victimized simply have to somehow cope and move on to other careers. The problem is police agencies have a huge ability to deliver unwarranted disgrace as they smear innocent people’s reputations along with their ability to find new jobs.
Clearly, wronged or not Chris Dorner's murderous solution was beyond evil. He will never be able to justify his rampage over a wrongful termination or being libeled. He made a horrible choice that sealed his own fate.
If humans could learn how to treat each other there’d be no Chris Dorner’s. There’d also be no cops, soldiers or wars. Our world is a lot of things but perfect will never be one of those.