Things are not looking good for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing two people over the weekend. A massive manhunt is now under way with the LAPD on high alert after three police officers were shot, allegedly by a man who was once their brother in blue. And from the looks of a manifesto Dorner himself posted online, this will not end well for him.
Dorner, who lost his job on the force in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer, stated in the rambling and angry manifesto that he wants it publicly stated that he was innocent of the charges. But even as it begs to have his name cleared, the statement warns of plans to hurt LAPD officers and their families.
It's as though he's made his own nightmare a reality.
Dorner wants to be cleared. He wants to be valued. He wants to be thought of as a good guy -- a point he makes abundantly clear not just in his account of how good an officer he was, but in painting a picture of his childhood in which he was the good but often egregiously wronged party.
Anyone who has ever been falsely accused of something can empathize.
But here's the problem. He wants the world to be told he is a good man even as he is telling the world that he is anything but.
Dorner's manifesto spells it all out, making quite the case for prosecutors who will have to deal with the aftermath of this manhunt.
It comes perilously near admitting he is responsible for killing Monica Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiance, Keith Lawrence, in a parking garage over the weekend. After all, Quan is the daughter of Randal Quan, a former LAPD captain who defended Dorner in front of the Board of Rights, a tribunal that ruled against Dorner at the time of his dismissal. Quan is named in the manifesto.
Also named and threatened are entire groups -- Asian officers, Caucasian officers, lesbian officers, Hispanic officers ... Dorner's manifesto lists person after person, group after group, with the warning: "You are a high value target."
As of this afternoon, one police officer is dead, allegedly at Dorner's hands. Another was last reported to still be in surgery, a third suffered a wound to his forehead where the bullet grazed him. Each are blamed on Dorner.
It is sounding like this man has taken his need to be understood, a need we can all understand, and turned it into something unspeakably wrong. We have not a man trying to clear his name but a killing spree from hell. And nothing good can happen next.
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