Are you listening?
Christopher Jordan Dorner had been relieved from duty as an officer on the LAPD since June 26, 2008. On January 2, 2009 he was dismissed from duty, fired for blowing the whistle on what he believed to be rampant corruption and racism in the department he loved.
“…for what was right, but unfortunately have dealt with the repercussions of doing the right thing and now losing my name and everything I ever stood for.”
Accused of killing at least four people and injuring several others, the ordeal culminated in fire at a cabin in Big Bear California on February 12, 2013. After an aggressive 10-day manhunt that encompassed several states and Mexico, authorities threw known incendiary devices into the cabin Dorner was allegedly holed up in.
According to a HuffPo report citing the LA Times,
“Officers were told to ‘torch’ the cabin, according to The Times, after frenzied gunfire saw one officer killed and another wounded in the standoff.”
In an afternoon press conference on February 13 authorities stated they did not know what caused the cabin fire however, contrary to those statements is a wealth of audio captured from police scanners leading up to the blaze. In these recording – many of which were aired in real-time on live television, you can clearly hear authorities discuss setting the fire.
“…tear gas was fired into the house before the fire broke out.”
And in another scanner recording, police clearly say,
“Burn this motherfucker!”
And in yet another and possibly the most damning recording of police scanners — immediately before the fire ignited, you can clearly hear in detail that the fire was intentionally set by authorities,
‘All right, Steve, we’re gonna go — we’re gonna go forward with the plan, with — with the burn,’ a male voice on the recording instructs. ‘We want it like we talked about.’
‘Seven burners deployed and we have a fire,’ the voice later adds.
‘Copy,’ a female voice replies. ‘Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.’
‘Guys, be ready on the number four side. We have fire in the front. He might come out the back,’ a male voice says.”
The officers then lobbed tear gas canisters into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: “Surrender or come out.”
There is an incendiary tear gas “canister” called a “burner,” which can start fires when deployed. The term “burner” may be referring to “BurnSafe” containers for CS gas canisters, made by the Covina-Thomas Company in Covina, California however, authorities know that so-called “non-flammable” tear gas use has caused fire and death. This admission was announced as recently as last year,
“Police tear gas launched into a Vallejo home in February (2012) during a SWAT-team standoff played a role in starting a fire that caused $60,000 in damage and killed two dogs, a fire department report released Monday finds.”
Although John McMahon, a spokesperson for San Bernardino sheriff’s department, told a news conference on Wednesday night, February 13,
“We didn’t intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out.”
The recordings leave many questions to be answered and paired with other words and actions by authorities it is clear regular protocol was not followed.
The FBI’s Gil Torrez said,
“If it’s a lone person, you don’t worry too much about the loss of life, even though tactically, law enforcement always tries to resolve it without firing a shot.”
*Police scanner recordings have not yet been verified, however most were aired in real-time on live television during the stand-off. I would caution anyone who thinks they have been faked to question how that could be possible.
“V” Is For Vengeance Not Vendetta
Dorner may have had a vendetta, but it is clear the LAPD — and others, acted in pure vengeance. Conscience Americans cannot deny that Dorner was charged, tried, convicted, and then given the death penalty by the very police and sheriff departments that he had tried to expose. I suppose in the wake of LAPD Chief Beck’s press conference label of Dorner as a “Domestic terrorist” and in light of Obama’s NDAA we casually accept these things as “normal” and “OK”.
At a news conference on February 11, 2013 Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said,
“By both his words and conduct, he has made very clear to us that every law enforcement officer in Southern California is in danger of being shot and killed.”
But I ask, what of the “words and conduct” of the authorities and participants in this case? What of their actions?
Three innocent victims of the Torrance Police Department can attest to the abhorrent behavior of these officers. Police did not stop these drivers. Police did not verify license plates. Police did not try to pull them over and question them. Police did not even try to correctly identify them. What police did do is simply open fire on two vehicles on two separate occasions just a short time apart from one another. In one case a 71-year-old woman was shot in the back. Her 47-year-old daughter was also shot. In fact, they and their truck were riddled with multiple bullet holes. In the other instance, a man was left uninjured however his truck was wrecked and shot up as well.
Trigger happy cops blindly shot first in their personal vengeance to kill Dorner. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? What happened to a fair trial in a U.S. court of law? It certainly was not apparent in this case and the police department effectively demonstrated to a national audience, Christopher Dorner’s allegations of racism and brutality to be true.
No one likes a “cop killer” except for other cop killers, but it is apparent from the actions and much of the language that has been captured via official police scanners and from press release statements, that the LAPD and associated police and sheriff offices were pursuing Dorner with real vengeance. Of course Dorner’s manifesto and alleged actions incited their hatred however, as citizens we sat watching with little thought as to what the LAPD may have had to hide. It was easier to buy into and get caught up in the sound bites of “disgruntled cop killer”, “armed and dangerous fugitive”, fear, fear, fear…instead of demand more answers and accountability. How many officials will get promoted over this case instead of being investigated?
Sadly, if the remains in the cabin prove to be those of Dorner, we will never know the truth. What we do know is that Dorner is not the first to accuse the LAPD and other law enforcement offices and officials of corruption and brutality. These instances are captured on video and reported by citizens frequently across the country. Most cases are swept under the rug or otherwise overlooked and forgotten.
How many paid attention or even heard what Joe Jones — another ex-LAPD officer who wrote his own manifesto, had to say? How many people know that the judge that presided over Dorner’s case was later being investigated for bribery?
When the accused are those that hold the power, is it any wonder that vengeance can be called justice?
A Tale of Two Wallets
At the time of this writing no formal identification has been made of the charred body found in the basement area of the burned building. So far, media reports identifying Dorner have been solely based on a wallet said to contain Dorner’s California Driver’s License that was allegedly found near a burned corpse in the cabin. As you can see in the image to the left, it is hard to believe a plastic driver’s license could recognizably survive such a fire. I remind the reader that on February 7, 2013 it had been reported that Dorner’s wallet and identification had been found by a shuttle bus driver in the San Diego area.
“After authorities interviewed the boat captain early Thursday, they found Dorner’s wallet and identification cards ‘at the San Ysidro Point of Entry’ near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the court records. That same day, a guard at the Point Loma Naval Base told authorities he had spotted a man matching Dorner’s description trying to sneak onto the base, according to the filing.”
Yet on February 13, 2013 a wallet with a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner was allegedly found in the rubble of the burnt-out Big Bear cabin,
“A wallet with a California driver’s license bearing the name Christopher Dorner also was found, the Associated Press reported, citing a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but declined to be named because of the ongoing probe.”
Dorner was a man on the run being hunted like an animal. Although I do not condone nor advocate murder to garner attention to a cause I would like to know how is it that two wallets — allegedly both with his identification, were found? Are we to believe Dorner lost one wallet and stopped along the way to purchase another or are we supposed to believe he just happened to have a spare packed in his tactical pack? How much identification did he have and why would it not all have been in a single wallet? This seems preposterous and a stretch for any imagination.
The question of these alleged two wallets is not going to go away and someone needs to explain. Media reports have not questioned this discrepancy in their own reporting let alone acknowledge this oversight. Unfortunately the wallets and the audio recordings of authorities are enough to rightfully fuel countless conspiracy theories.
Did Dorner Have An Accomplice?
According to US Marshall filed court documents,
“Dorner may have been helped by an associate identified only as “JY” in the charging document that was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles after the former police officer was suspected of fleeing from authorities.”
It is unknown who “JY” is or what part he or she may have played in any of the events. I think it is worth consideration that if “JY” exists maybe they were responsible for planting the first wallet in San Diego, possibly to throw authorities off Dorner’s trail. Maybe they hoped police would believe Dorner had fled to Mexico to buy him some time. At one point police did think Dorner’s burnt-out Nissan found in Big Bear may have been staged to throw authorities off his tail so it isn’t out of the question. I do find it curious we have heard nothing about the so-called accomplice other than this news story.
Dorner; Dead Or Alive?
The tactical alerts have been lifted and life is getting back to normal for those that were listed as “targets” in Dorner’s manifesto. The charred remains found in the cabin are being examined; DNA and dental tests are underway. Chances are the body is Dorner’s, but until definitive announcements are made one can entertain the idea that maybe the man was even smarter than thought and maybe he is still out there plotting his next move. Maybe the body is that of another victim and maybe the wallet left beside it was a plant. These are the things fiction is made of.
With so many epic pieces and moments in this story it is certain someone will soon make a movie telling the tale. Will we glean any truth? Or, will the cow-boy cops be made heroes?
$1 Million Jackpot…Not!
A $1 million reward was offered by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on February 10, 2013 for information leading to the capture and arrest of Dorner. The couple who Dorner allegedly tied-up are the ones who made the call that ultimately lead to finding Dorner. When asked whether they would receive the reward Karen Reynolds said,
“We heard nobody was getting that because he needed to be captured and convicted.”
Sad State of Authority
How easy it is to breed fear within a mind; give fear a name and a face and you can easily direct the hatred and rage fueled by that fear. I am reminded of a scene in Orwell’s 1984 where citizens mindlessly participate in the “2-minute hate” instead of question the authority that rules them.
Below is what I believe to currently be the most comprehensive “timeline” to the Dorner events available. I have combed media sources compiling the list, filling in each other’s blanks and putting together as complete a picture as possible. If you have legitimately sourced items that can be added, please contact me at: CheriSpeakBlog@yahoo.com
Sunday, February 3, 2013:
28-year-old Monica Quan — an assistant women’s college basketball coach, and her 27-year-old fiance Keith Lawrence were found shot to death in their car in Irvine, California. They both received multiple gunshot wounds. Quan was the daughter of the retired LAPD captain who represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in his dismissal from the force.
Monday, February 4, 2013:
Belongings believed to be Dorner’s are found in a trash bin in a suburban area of San Diego. These items allegedly included police equipment. The find is said to link him to the Irvine killings of Quan and Lawrence the day before.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013:
Authorities announce they have found an alleged “Manifesto” left by Dorner who is suspected of killing Quan and Lawrence according to evidence found in the manifesto posted on FaceBook. You can see the full uncensored and unedited version of the manifesto in the following PDF file here: Fired LAPD Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner.
After receiving a “credible” lead, police begin searching for Dorner in the Point Loma area of San Diego.
Late the same evening of the 6th, a man matching Dorner’s description tries — and fails, to steal a 47-foot boat from a San Diego marina. It was reported that the boat would not start. He allegedly tied up an 81-year-old man on the boat he tried to steal. The man is otherwise unharmed.
Thursday, February 7, 2013:
At 1:30 AM the LAPD — who is said to be protecting an unnamed individual from the manifesto list in Corona, get in a car chase with a vehicle they believed to be Dorner’s. Shots are fired, an officer is grazed in the head and the alleged Dorner vehicle and shooter gets away.
A short time later Riverside police officer — 34-year-old Michael Crain was killed and his partner critically injured in an alleged ambush by Dorner while stopped at a traffic light on a routine patrol.
Less than an hour later — at 2:20 AM, a shuttle bus driver hands over a wallet containing a LAPD badge and a picture ID of Dorner to the San Diego police. The driver found the wallet less than five miles from the boat Dorner allegedly tried to steal, somewhere near San Diego International Airport.
At 5 AM LAPD officers in Torrance — who were guarding another so-called Dorner “target”, open fire on a mother — 71-year-old Emma Hernandez, and her daughter — 47-year-old daughter Margie Carranza, in a truck they believed to be Dorner’s. Both females are injured and there are multiple bullet holes in the vehicle. The women were merely out to begin their newspaper delivery rout.
Shortly thereafter Torrance police shoot up a second truck believed to be Dorner’s. No one, but the truck was injured in this event.
At 8:35 AM Police find a burnt-out truck abandoned in Big Bear they believe belongs to Dorner. Local schools are put in lock-down.
9:30 AM Arizona officials are alerted of the ongoing manhunt.
At 9:40 AM Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego goes into lock down after a Navy worker reports seeing someone who resembles Dorner. Two hours later officials said Dorner was not on base. *Officials later said Dorner checked into a base hotel Tuesday February 4th, but had left by Wednesday February 5th.
1 Pm a truck registered to Dorner was found in Poway, a San Diego Suburb. It was later determined he had switched license plates with the vehicle and it was not his truck.
At around 2:30 PM police positively identify the truck found in Big Bear as that belonging to Dorner. Police consider it is left there to throw authorities of his trail.
3:30 PM a door to door search is underway in Big Bear. According to witnesses/homeowners in the area not all houses were searched.
At 4Pm Dorner’s Las Vegas home was searched by police. They said no weapons were found however, they did remove several boxes of items which they declined to disclose the contents of.
Friday February 8, 2012:
7:30 AM the LAPD announces the tactical alert had been lifted.
Police hunt for Dorner in the San Bernardino mountains near where his truck was found the previous day.
10:30 AM the LAPD reinstates the tactical alert.
Authorities search the La Palma home of Dorner’s mother where they removed several bags of evidence including electronic items.
Officers search a Buena Park storage locker believed to be Dorner’s.
Saturday, February 9, 2013: Authorities reveal that weapons and camping gear were found in Dorner’s truck and begin using helicopters with “heat seeking” technology to search the San Bernardino mountains for Dorner.
Los Angeles Police Department say they are re-opening Dorner’s dismissal case. It should be noted, the judge in that case — Superior Court Judge David Yaffe, retired amid a bribery scandal is is now believed to possibly be corrupt.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck held a press conference offering a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s arrest. In the same press conference the Police Chief Beck labels Dorner a “domestic terrorist”. The media eat this up and opines whether this would be a precedent setting case for Drone use in the United States.
LAPD announce they will provide a new truck to two women who were accidentally shot at by police officers using money from donors. A lawsuit against the LAPD may still be pending.
Monday, February 11, 2012
Riverside County prosecutors charge Dorner with the murder of a police officer and the attempted murder of three other officers. They obtained a “no-bail arrest warrant”, which allows Dorner to be apprehended anywhere. This would potentially be a death penalty case.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Shortly after noon a tip is received that a man fitting Dorner’s description stole a purple Nissan. California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens follow the vehicle on Highway 38 only to briefly lose sight of it due to a delay by a bus. They next saw a white pick-up truck speeding erratically towards them and the drive presumably Dorner, rolled down the driver’s side window and opened fire as they passed one another. The driver took off on foot after crashing the pick-up and state wardens were involved in a shoot-out with the suspect and in a second exchange of gun fire one San Bernardino County sheriff was wounded and a second — 35-year-old Jeremiah McKay, was killed.
At approximately 4:20 police surround a Big Bear cabin Dorner is alleged to be hiding in. Massive amounts of gun fire erupt. Police launch tear gas canisters into the cabin and shortly thereafter the cabin is seen burning. Police scanners — aired on live TV, show authorities intentionally aimed to,
“…burn the mother fucker down”.
6:30 PM a charred body is said to be found in the debris of the burned-out cabin with a wallet containing the California driver’s license of Christopher Jordan Dorner.
Wednesday, February 13, 2012
News reports that an as yet identified “charred body” was found in the basement of the burned-out cabin and is suspected to be that of Dorner. Another wallet with a California driver’s license bearing the name Christopher Dorner was said to be found near the body.
8:22 PM Los Angeles Police Department told reporters that no body has been identified in the cabin in which Chris Dorner was believed to have been hiding, following a shootout and fire.”No body has been located yet,” Commander Andrew Smith said, telling reporters that the building was still too hot for investigators to enter. Smith said,
“That burned cabin has not even been entered by investigators yet, we are still on a holding pattern to search that.”
Thursday, February 14, 2013:
Irvine officials now say they have evidence that Dorner researched information on Monica Quan and her fiancé and their family. Quan and her fiancé were the first two victims.
Friday, February 15, 2013:
Officials Positively ID Charred Remains Of California ‘Cop Killer’ using dental records.