Monday, February 11, 2013
The Interesting Case of Christopher Jordan Dorner
The above montage shows Christopher Jordan Dorner, former LAPD and Navy Reservist who has now been charged with capital murder of one and attempted murder of three other LAPD officers.
Dorner, a former LAPD officer, was sacked in 2008 for falsely claiming a colleague kicked a homeless suspect, but a judge who examined the case concluded that he could not be certain whether or not the suspect had been kicked.
Fresh out of the navy reserves, where he had served in Bahrain and Kuwait, Dorner, a trained marksman, was a rookie police officer on 28 July 2007, when he accompanied a training officer, Teresa Evans, to a reported disturbance at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro.
They encountered a mentally ill homeless man, Christopher Gettler. Evans tasered him after he threw a punch. Gettler was later returned to his father and that seemed to be the end of the incident. Two weeks later, however, according to LAPD records published by the LA Times, Dorner told a superior, Sergeant Donald Deming of the harbour division, that after the tasering, Evans had kicked Gettler in the chest and face, snapping his head back and causing him to bleed.
An internal affairs investigation ruled that the kicking did not happen and that Dorner had lied. This led to a disciplinary hearing in 2008. Dorner's attorney, Randal Quan, a former police captain, called the case against his client "very, very ugly" said he "wasn't given a fair shake." Quan said: "In fact, what's happening here is this officer is being made a scapegoat." Dorner said he had not immediately reported the kicks because he had filed other complaints against fellow officers and feared retaliation. Guardian
Last week, he published his manifesto and went on a shooting spree. He also mailed a LAPD challenge coin to Anderson Cooper at CNN which Dorner had shot several times with what appears to have been a 5.56mm weapon.
After his shooting spree, he drove off into the mountains and set his SUV on fire. Authorities have been hunting him on foot and via drones ever since.
The LAPD have been on edge ever since resulting in two officers opening fire on what they thought was his vehicle (even though it was the wrong color and was driven by a grandmother).
Unlike say the shooters at Columbine or Sandy Hook, Dorner has garnered a surprising number of sympathizers. At least three Facebook pages appeared shortly after the shootings all in support of Dorner (those have since been taken down). It is this support that has fascinated me and leads me to wonder what else is at work here.
A Navy officer who seems to have served in the Undersea Warfare Unit. He holds a rifle marksmanship ribbon and an expert pistol medal. The extent of his training is unclear. He is not a SEAL based on his uniform yet he would seem to possess more training than a typical Navy officer would possess. I've read conflicting reports as to when he separated. Some state 2006 while others say as late as 2013. I suspect he may have left in 2006 but remained in the Inactive Reserves until this year.
Dorner played football and suffered two concussions, one while playing in high school and one while playing college football. This is mentioned in his manifesto where is also talks about suffering severe depression. It may turn out he was on prescription medications which may be responsible for his mental state and desire to commit mass murder.
From all reports, it appears Dorner is highly trained between his Navy and LAPD experience. He is also very fit having played football and from all of the photos, has maintained a very high level of fitness. Based on this, I doubt Dorner is hiding out in the woods. He torched his vehicle to draw attention to that spot and is hiding elsewhere. He did not spend all of that time writing a manifesto to freeze to death in the mountains.
LAPD is being quick to convict Dorner in the media. The populace does not seem to be as quick to buy into it.
Dorner also represents a bigger issue yet mostly unspoken issue. The military spends millions of dollars to train operators like Dorner yet nothing on converting them from highly trained killing machines back into civilians. We may find Dorner is suffering from both severe depression brought about due to his football injuries and PTSD. The question becomes what happens to all of these highly trained operators in future years?
The Dorner case also is conditioning the public to be more accepting of drones being used domestically. Both of these are things that we should be as concerned about, perhaps even more than a former cop running amok in the mountains of California.
Read about the life of the SEAL Team Six operator that killed Osama bin Laden. His story is NOT unique. The man who shot Osama bin Laden