He is suspected in the shootings of three other police officers.
Following a massive, violent manhunt that involved hostage-taking, a high speed car chase and an entire region set on edge, he reportedly was killed Wednesday during a shootout with police at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif.
“The spirit of Chris #Dorner will live on forever in our hearts, as an eternal flame,” said a statement on the page titled “We Are All Chris Dorner.” “Symbolic of the will to stand up in an attempt to eradicate those who would seek to oppress us, by any means necessary, when no one else would.”
Sick joke? Guess again. While Mr. Dorner’s apparent death inside a burned-out cabin following a four-hour police siege likely came as a relief to many, some have hailed the 33-year-old fugitive ex-cop and former Navy reservist as a quasi-hero, an avenging angel striking out against police corruption and a system gone wrong.
Fliers featuring Mr. Dorner’s photo and the caption “HOPE” — a takeoff on President Obama’s iconic 2008 campaign image — reportedly were posted by someone on both a commercial sign and a street median in Riverside, Calif.
A statement published on Pastebin and attributed to the hacker group Anonymous did not condone Mr. Dorner’s alleged violence, but did refer to the then-fugitive as a Batman-like “Dark Knight,” expressed sympathy with “his struggle” and called upon “our brothers to raise arms against the LAPD, for justice and for the lulz.”
On Twitter, supporters created hashtags like “#WeStandWithDorner” and “#DornerWasRight,” while user “Voltaire Slapadelic” — a self-identified Bay Area rapper and music producer — Tweeted that Mr. Dorner was “being Bruce Willis in all of our favorite action movies. For real though.”
In a rambling manifesto posted online, Mr. Dorner accused the LAPD of corruption and racial bias — he was fired from his job in 2008 for filing a false complaint of excessive force against another officer — and vowed to wage “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against the department’s officers as a “last resort.”
“The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers,” Mr. Dorner wrote. ” … no one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I’ve ever was. As a young police explorer I found my calling in life. But as a young police officer I found that the violent suspects on the street are not the only people you have to watch …
“I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north.”
Two Los Angeles-area African-American activists told the Christian Science Monitor that while Mr. Dorner’s actions were abhorrent, his allegations of police corruption resonated within their communities.
Southern California civil rights attorney Connie Rice, who has sued the LAPD for racism on behalf of more than 100 minority officers, told CNN that the department had a “relationship with the black community that could only be described as a state of war. Outside of Mississippi, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Ms. Rice also strongly frowned upon both Mr. Dorner’s actions and his apparent fans, calling the Internet the “Id town where a lot of the ugly things come out.”View Entire Story
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Patrick Hruby is an award-winning journalist who holds degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. He also contributes to ESPN.com and The Atlantic Online, and his work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing. Follow him on Twitter (@patrick_hruby) and contact him at PatrickHruby.net.
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