By Brenda Acuna |Staff Writer|
Actions speak louder than words and such is the case with suspected killer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner, suspected of killing two policemen and the daughter of a former LAPD police captain along with her fiancé, is dead after a mountainside gun battle with law enforcement officials that resulted in the cabin he was barricaded in catching fire.
In a rambling 11,000 word manifesto, Dorner tried to justify his actions, but there is no justification for killing people in cold blood.
In it, Dorner wrote about racial discrimination, hostility, excessive force and corruption within the LAPD. Dorner said the department continues to get worse, claiming to be the victim of wrongful termination.
“Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name,” he wrote in reference to his murders.
Dorner cannot hide behind rhetoric. His expressions were irrational, unnecessary and does not negate the fact that he is a murderer.
Those in support of Chris Dorner are giving him exactly what he wanted: attention. He is no martyr to his ill planned attempt to challenge his wrongful termination.
Two Facebook pages, “We Stand with Chris Dorner” and “We Are All Chris Dorner” praised the ex-cop and his manifesto and collected more than 20,000 followers in the days leading up to the vengeful cop killer’s death.
There should be no pity or compassion for this man.
“Yeah, this is all a bad situation, but the cops shouldn’t have done what they did. They let that man die. He deserved to go to prison,” said student Mark Russell.
For those who advocate that he died unjustly, praising this fugitive while families mourn and plan funerals is incomprehensible.
As the LAPD lies at the center of public criticism for the tactics used to end his “reign of terror,” the LAPD and neighboring police and sheriff departments approached this matter appropriately.
Law enforcement prevented him from imposing any more harm to other innocent people.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon told reporters last Wednesday that the cabin’s blaze was sparked after authorities fired incendiary tear gas inside where Dorner was supposedly hiding.
McMahon denied public speculation regarding the incident, “We did not intentionally burn down that cabin.”
Had Dorner dropped his weapons and surrendered, it would have been the duty of the officers to take custody of him without unduly and permanently harming him, but he refused.
Law enforcement officials have a duty to protect the public from harm.
“Apparently burning people alive is now considered appropriate behavior for the police. Judge, jury and executioner,” one user tweeted, according to CNN.
He is no victim. He sought revenge, not justice.
Dorner was armed and using deadly force. The result of his death was dictated by his choices and had he followed the instructions to surrender things might have ended differently.
I am not saying that Dorner deserved to die, however he willingly killed innocent people, therefore I hold no pity for him and neither should the public.