I’m just going to be honest. I’m a little upset Christopher Dorner has been “confirmed” as dead. I know that sounds as if I lack humanity, but there was a small–okay large– part of me that wanted to see Dorner successfully achieve his revenge.
For those fuzzy on the Dorner details, the former cop and U.S. Navy vet was terminated from the LAPD in September 2008 for allegedly falsifying a police report. In his report, 33-year-old Dorner accused his then partner, Teresa Evans, of using excessive force and kicking suspect Christopher Gettler in the face while handcuffed. An internal review later concluded Dorner lied and he was let go from the department. It was because of his termination that sparked the largest manhunt in LAPD history, which included the death of two cops, the daughter of a LAPD captain and her fiance.
In Dorner’s 6,000 word manifesto, he outlined his angst towards the police department (along with his love for George H.W. Bush, Ellen DeGeneres and Jay-Z) and why the killings had to take place.
Now, before I continue, let me say this: I know the difference between right and wrong and what Dorner did was wrong. We’ve all been the recipient of the short end of the proverbial stick. That does not give you license to go around killing people.
The LAPD is notorious for their racist police tactics within their own departments as well as the countless “accidental” deaths of urban youths, most of whom are Black males. To finally see one of their own, with knowledge that he’s acquired from being on the force coupled with his Navy training, I couldn’t help but feel all their sh*t came back to bite them in the ass.
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It felt good to learn a rogue police officer was outsmarting the same institution that taught him, and according to social media, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. “We Stand With Chris Dorner” Facebook Fanpage boasts nearly 25,000 people. What makes it even sweeter is that Dorner, a Black man, merited a $1 billion bounty for making–even if just for a moment–LA officials look like fools! Pure fools!
Like Django, Dorner went after his modern-day slave owners and Klansmen, except instead of hiding behind white robes, they hid behind shields. I enjoyed seeing LA officials scramble and not have any real answers for reporters at press conferences or as they said “We don’t have that information at this time.” My internal jubilation came to an end when I learned a shootout near Dorner’s alleged Big Bear cabin ended in a blaze and the charred human remains were positively identified as Dorner.
Like I said before, killing people isn’t the answer and the other half of me, the half that knows the Roman scripture “vengeance is mine sayeth the lord” shakes my head in disappointment.
But the human in me can’t help but to salute Dorner.