Very recently Jack Dunphy wrote an all too realistic piece about the stress and anxiety of being on a protection detail for any of Christopher Dorner’s stated targets. Jim Goad nailed his completely jacked up sense of morality. These are two of the smartest pieces on the whole Dorner issue I’ve seen written.
On the other hand you have pure trash. Dorner was called a superhero, exciting, “like watching ‘Django Unchained’” by an Ivy League professor. Not to be outdone, Dorner’s apparently a “game changer”. So because someone is a black atheist, batshit crazy, violent and more than just a little left-of-center it’s exciting because now we get to have a conversation about all of the corruption and racism within the LAPD? Commit horrible murders and have your grievances aired? To paraphrase Dennis Prager, what murderer doesn’t have grievances!? Look, I’m not going to tell you there’s no racism within the LAPD. But to say the actions of a crazed, narcissistic mass-murderer are exciting because of the bullshit “national discussion” we get to have is moronic. He’s also not a game changer. He’s an evil, murdering bastard. You don’t negotiate with terrorists. This fat bastard was a terrorist. What we should do is look for red flags and “problems lying in wait” so we can prevent this from ever happening to the best of our ability. Given the overt and public actions that Chief Beck has taken, it is doubtful this will happen. What was his psychology exam like? What did his psychological interview turn up? What about his background investigation? What kind of recruit was he? What kind of probationary officer was he?
Some facts about Dorner that are not commonly known:
My friend, a veteran Naval officer was able to tell me that he was an unqualified flight attrite with no personal decorations and failed to make O-4 in the reserves. He ended his career as O-3. This is very difficult to do if you are at all adroit. I’m also told he was a ”1305 designator”. I’m told this means he failed either pilot school or flight officer school (think Goose from Top Gun). Those guys get kicked off active duty for uselessness, but they can stay in the Reserves and fill useless billets. As a black officer with apparently no black marks, he should have been handed Lieutenant Commander (O-4, but no higher). He must have had terrible fitness reports - as in, "fails body weight standards" which barely exists in the Reserve. Hard to imagine a 6’0” 280 lb frame would get low physical fitness reports! I’m taking a wild stab in the dark, but I’m going to speculate that he probably received sub par marks for effort and leadership, too. The units he was assigned to are dumping grounds for useless officers. In the police academy his time in the mile and a half run was 26 minutes. This is laughably embarrassing. That works out to just under an 18 minute mile. Just under four miles per hour! A Segway going uphill is faster! Christ almighty, I am not anywhere close to tip top shape, and I can crawl backwards and beat that time. He was delayed five months in the academy because, weapons expert that he was - he shot himself in the hand.
He was a liar in the academy and in his manifesto. The first lie he told numerous classmates was that he was Bernard Parks’ nephew. Bernard Parks is the most unpopular LA Chief of Police from recent memory. Darth Vader has gone on to a political career where his job seems to be to make the LAPD’s life as difficult as possible. This is not much different than what he did when he was chief, going so far as to foment and continue the Reign of Terror within the LAPD’s ranks. The Parks family quickly and strongly denied any relation to Dorner, blood or otherwise.
Another lie I’ll seize on in his piece is that recruits in the academy would taunt a Jewish recruit by singing Nazi Hitler Youth songs to him. I can’t believe this has basically gone unnoticed. No. Fuck no, in fact. This did not happen. I can say this with impunity for a number of reasons. No twenty-something police recruit who is in the LA Police academy knows of a single Nazi Hitler Youth song. Anyone who shows even the slightest bit of proclivity to truly malevolent prejudice – especially anti-Jewish prejudice – in the police academy is immediately dealt with. To believe Dorner, one would need to believe that more than one recruit hated Jews so much that they went to the trouble of dusting off sixty year old German-language Nazi propaganda, learned it and then sung it to the targeted recruit. I’m calling bullshit.
The last bit I’ll throw out is he only reported his training officer for excessive force a considerable time after she had given him an unsatisfactory probationary officer rating. So this crime committed by your training officer was so egregious that you reported it two weeks later and after she cut paper on you for being an unsatisfactory probationary officer. That's some unimpeachable integrity. You wait until you suffer negative consequences before you report your training officer for major misconduct. Wow, I can't possibly imagine why the department found his testimony less than believable.
The LAPD’s discipline system is not always fair, has flaws and could use some major tweaking. That being said, Dorner proposed no solutions – and even if he did the fact that he committed such unwarranted evil by murdering two innocent civilians, a Riverside Police officer and a San Bernardino Detective would negate anything constructive he may have had to offer.
Chief Parks, during the Reign of Terror was known for unfairly disciplining and firing officers. Ask any officer who lived under his reign (I was way too new to really suffer under his regime) and they’ll tell you he was an arbitrary, despotic and unpopular authoritarian. If we buy the justification and rationalization put forth by Dorner's apologists, one could certainly put forth a far more "just" excuse for someone assassinating Parks. Let me be clear, I hope and pray that Bernard Parks, and everyone who hasn't committed a capital crime live a long and happy life.
What possible rationale was there for taking out the daughter of the lawyer who defended Dorner and her fiancée? Taking out a Riverside copper in a truly cowardly ambush? And lastly taking out one of San Bernardino’s finest? Where’s the integrity in that? Where’s the honor to one's name in that?! How does this serve any discussion of race in this country? What game does this change?? This is quite possibly the stupidest revenge plot that has gotten this much attention.
My brother and sister officers and the families of all of the victims of this mass murdering narcissist would desperately like to put this behind us and get on with the grieving process. It’s a little bit difficult when every day the LA Times spits out a new story on this. The local nightly news stations are truly deplorable for their endless, sensationalistic and altogether insensitive coverage.
Reason and facts will show that Dorner is not worth any respect. I posit that he was a fat narcissist who had a completely broken moral compass. The only tribute befitting him is to either dance or urinate on his grave - then promptly forget this meaningless bag of bones ever walked God’s green earth.