Christopher Dorner, the fugitive accused of killing four people on a rampage across California, is believed dead in a cabin in Big Bear Lake, California. The former officer of the LAPD was angry about his dismissal from the force following a situation in which he accused a fellow officer of police brutality.
After a shootout with police, a charred body was found inside a cabin in which Dorner had been holed up. They have reason to believe the body is that of Dorner. This ends a more than week long hunt for the fugitive believed to have shot Monica Quan, 28, the daughter of the lawyer who defended him against accusations of lying and her 27-year-old fiance, Keith Lawrence. He then killed two more officers of the law during his run.
Quan and Lawrence were shot in the parking garage of their condo after Dorner sent out a "manifesto" in which he said: "I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours" presumably directed at Quan.
He also had a lot to say about the LAPD in general. He said they have not changed since the days of Rodney King and that the people involved in such corruption and racism have only been promoted.
Unfortunately, this sick rampage has undone any good he might have done. It does not matter if he thinks the LAPD is racist when he is allegedly SHOOTING and killing people over it. Any good point a person ever has is undone when they resort to violence. Period. End of story.
It's a shame. From what I have read, it seems possible that Dorner WAS unfairly dismissed. But there has to have been a better way for him to deal with it. There had to be other channels through which he could pursue justice.
This is just such a waste. Five people (including the person believed to be Dorner) are dead now. His point is lost in a hail of gun fire and aggression. Violence is never the answer. Now it just seems that the LAPD was justified in dismissing a man who was clearly unstable and dangerous and who never should have been armed as an officer of the law.
What did this fix? Nothing. His name is not cleared. No one cares if he lied or not since he is accused of killing four people. What a waste. What a sick, sick, tragic waste.
If only there had been a way to prevent it.
Do you think violence is ever justifiable?
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