Californians are waking up this morning to the news that a single man, Christopher Dorner, an angry ex-cop with no special training, is still waging a successful revenge-based one-man war against southern California law enforcement. The only reason they even know who he is is because Dorner decided to out himself through a length manifesto posted online and packages mailed to media figures.
So far, he’s murdered three people, and has injured two more, targeting law enforcement officers and their families. He’s put local law enforcement so on edge that they’ve fired dozens of rounds into vehicles that look similar to the truck Dorner was driving, shooting two innocent women delivering newspapers.
Dorner will eventually be cut down, but he’s managed to become a catalyst for a number of issues in just 24 hours since word of his deeds, which began with the assassination of a former captain’s daughter and fiance, became common knowledge.
He’s shed light on and popularized an apparently popular belief among some Californians that the Los Angeles Police Department is a corrupt and criminal enterprise to its core. Dorner has become an anti-hero to some, as words of support for Dorner and hatred of the LAPD flows freely on Twitter and no doubt other social media.
Dorner’s 22-page manifesto—as obviously deranged as much of it is—has struck a nerve with many who are choosing to believe Dormer’s claim that he was set upon and destroyed for being a good cop in a bad department. That is extraordinary… and not in a good way.
It takes an incredible amount of bad blood and distrust between the LAPD and the broader citizenry for the claims of an admitted murdering assassin to be accepted at face value over that of law enforcement. Because of his claims and the apparently widespread public belief in them, the LAPD is going to have to hold public hearings re-investigating his case and firing just to reestablish a modicum of credibility.
In damaging the LAPD’s reputation further and showing that is a fairly widespread belief, Dorner has already won his public relations war.