Christopher Dorner: Onliners Make 'Hero' of Fugitive Ex-Cop

Monday, 11 Feb 2013 03:40 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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While authorities from Mexico to Las Vegas enter the seventh day of a manhunt for Christopher Dorner, wanted in three violent killings of police officers and their family members, the fugitive ex-LAPD policeman was being hailed online as a "hero" by some fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Dorner's spree reportedly stemmed from his 2009 dismissal from the police force, as detailed in his rage-filled online manifesto.

A supposed victim of what he called a racist police department, Dorner's manifesto focused on the incident that he said led to his dismissal. Dorner claimed he witnessed police brutality against a schizophrenic suspect by a white officer. Dorner said he reported the incident to the internal affairs department, which led to a lengthy investigation, but the matter ultimately resulted in his firing for making false statements.

"The LAPD's actions have cost me my law enforcement career. They cost my naval career. … I've lost my relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I've lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I've lost everything because the LAPD took my name and new (sic) I was INNOCENT!!!" he wrote in his manifesto.

On Saturday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced officials will re-examine Dorner's claims that his dismissal was the work of racist colleagues. While he promised to hear out Dorner if he surrenders, Beck stressed that he was ordering a review of the case because he takes the allegation of racism in his department seriously.

"I do this not to appease a murderer," Beck said in a statement. "I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do."

Dorner is accused of fatally shooting a newly engaged couple in Irvine on Feb. 3 as part of a revenge plot against law enforcement. One of the victims was the daughter of Randal Quan, LAPD's first Asian-American captain who was mentioned by name in Dorner's manifesto. Quan was also the lawyer who represented Dorner in front of the job board that fired him.

Dorner also reportedly shot at four police officers early Thursday morning in two separate encounters. One officer was killed and another was severely wounded.

Many of Dorner's supporters liken him to a "Dark Knight" character similar to Batman — a vigilante of sorts.

"Chris Dorner is the hero LA deserves, but not the one it needs right now," wrote one of these supporters on a Dorner Facebook fan page that has close to 2,000 likes. The page also calls Dorner the "policeman of the year." "He's a silent guardian, [a] watchful protector against corruption. He's our Dark Knight."

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest. The reward has already spurred several reported sightings of Dorner.

The Dorner fans bare a resemblance to the "Holmies," supporters of James Holmes, the Aurora, Colo., movie theater gunman who shot and killed 12 people and injured dozens more in July.

Related stories:

Christopher Dorner: Ex-LAPD Cop Sought in Couple's Murder; Death Toll Rises

Authorities Announce $1 Million Reward for Dorner

Christopher Dorner: Ex-LAPD Cop Suspected of Murder Eludes California Manhunt

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