Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner’s Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate with LAPD’s Critics
AMY GOODMAN: I want to read an excerpt of Christopher Dorner’s manifesto. He wrote, quote, “I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.” Dorner goes on, “The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.
DAVEY D: People are concerned that his charges that LAPD is still corrupt and is still very violent, I think, resonates with a lot of folks, and that’s something that needs to be checked out. And we saw that come to the forefront when we saw the two women, Emma Hernandez and her daughter, who were shot in the back. One of them, you saw like 30 or 40 rounds shot in the—with their truck, that didn’t fit the description. We hear that they were given no warnings, no commands. They were delivering newspapers. And for many people, that’s like business as usual in L.A. Two of the undercover cops that were assigned to protect officers that were under threat from Dorner approached this truck and shot them. They shot them from the back. You see the pictures. And what you got was an apology and a new truck that’s being offered. How about people being arrested for negligence, you know? How about, you know, the transparency in the procedure that they followed or didn’t follow in terms of how they went about shooting innocent people?
All of us have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not just the police. We all work hard. We all do our day-to-day tasks to try and bring about a better tomorrow. We shouldn’t have to fear from the people whose—our tax dollars go to protect and serve.
We need to ask ourselves a question as to what is up with the policeman’s bill of rights, where all the police officers’ conduct, promotions, all these sorts of things are hidden from the public. You don’t have access to them. And even if you go to a trial, it’s very hard to get those things on the table. We found that out during the Oscar Grant case, where there was allegations of police misconduct for the person who was accused of shooting him. Those weren’t allowed in the court of law. That’s incredible. You do not have the right to privacy when we’re the ones paying people’s salaries. I think that needs to be challenged, and that needs to be pushed back. If we want to be transparent, if we want to open the doors for the public to retrust and have more confidence in LAPD, how about all the officers saying, “We waive our rights to the policeman’s bill of rights”? That would be transparency, not this other stuff that I think is just a slick PR move.
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