Ex LAPD.Christopher Dorner- A good folk hero is hard to find
I’ve written about twenty manifestos about corruption in the LAPD . I have put such "rambling" screeds in writing over and over again.I never would want to seem like a victim and don’t like the word "victim" anywhere near my name, but I know that my family and I have been grievously wronged by the LAPD, and the Los Angeles Legal system yada yada and blah blah blah.
So, it is with not mild curiosity that I have been observing the Christopher Dorner story play out in the media. As a white girl from the right side of the tracks, I never expected to so acutely come to see the poisonous evil that exists in the Los Angeles Police Department and then in the Los Angeles criminal and civil courts. Unlike Dorner, I did not see it from the inside, but I sure did see it, and feel it, and then some. Outrages were served, after being double dipped in travesty juice, and basted in super hot injustice sauce.
Our stories are similar in many ways. Dorner too was punished for things he insists he did not do . He too was retaliated against for complaining when he saw corrupt cops following no law. In my case: John Gregozek and James Hoffmnan. In his case: Theresa Evans. In my case, I not only lost my name and career but my liberty. Getting fired from the LAPD seems great by comparison. But, there are stories too of him losing Navy Clearance and other things due to the corruption and lies. Lies have a way of destroying if not caught in time. They fester and then metastize if one isn't lucky enough to have the truth come out in the nick of time.
He too could get no remedy in the channels that he’d grown up to believe existed—the courts, the DOJ, the FBI, the ACLU, the media. And, where the hell is Gloria Allerd?
Judge David Jaffe and then the appeals court were not there to seek justice for him or anyone. He had only to turn to rage or writing or ...
He and I learned too many hard lessons over too short a time. He too was attached to his good name and could not bear that he’d spent a whole life keeping his name clean, and now due to him being at the wrong place at the wrong time, his good name felt gone. In my case, I had sacrificed a lot of fun to keep a clean and good name. The loss of what I see as my good name, has also been impossible to accept.
Dorner and I, and those similarly aggrieved, discovered that these remedies, when sought, proved elusive, if not downright imaginary or mythical. Similar to how FEMA might appear to those battered by Hurricane Katrina or that other acronymed organization appears to those assaulted by Hurricane Sandy. Similar to the black woman whose child goes missing and Nancy Grace won’t even return her calls, since her child’s image won’t bring ratings. Ditto Geraldo, Greta, Couric, and the whole press shebang. Hell, the milk carton people didn’t even respond to her e-mail about Latanya.
It’s an acronymed organization has no clothes or the unveiling of the Wizard of Oz type of situation. The America of your imagination is all Oakland—There is no there there. You can’t listen to the song “Bye Bye miss American Pie,” without sobbing.
In other words, when the shit hits the fan, when push comes to shove, when the day of reckoning is nigh, there will be no one but you to save you. You have been lied to and you have come to expect so much that was mirage. You will feel as if your idealism is now naïve buffoonery. C’mon Chris and Alisa, didn’t you know? Are you really that surprised that the LAPD , and the legal profession is full of liars and agenda ridden opportunists?
I was oblivious to all the illusion. It served me well. I didn’t succumb to the crippling sense of futility I'd face otherwise. In my case, it let me fight, and not plea under such astounding pressure. It allowed me to leave a trail that might get seen someday.
And, still some are stuck at idealism. It’s permanent. Fatal.The oasis was just a puddle of piss. Yet, you are still convinced that if you just dig deeper in that desert-- a real oasis will spring forth. Certifiable!
Faced with this confluence of blood boiling betrayals and soul sucking disillusion, Dorner( or you or me) have choices, of course. For today, my choice is to write this blog post. I know I would never choose murder.
There are always choices choices choices. There is good old suicide. Tempting since deep depression surely follows such shocks to our common senses. The loss of a good name, without a precipitating act, is awful, and the witnessing of too much cruelty -- and indifference in the face thereof-- is a recipe for suicidal ideation.
There is that pen is mightier than the sword saw. Twittering and blogging and facebooking and pinteresting it up on Digg and hoping somehow words lead to light and light leads to the light. Keep pounding at the keyboard and try to ignore your sense that others grow quickly bored with what they will see as some obsession with injustice. If they have not fallen down that particular rabbit hole they will not want to wrap their head around their vulnerability.
Better to believe the mass media’s potrayals of cops and judges and prosecutors as mostly good guys. Otherwise, it is too clear how unsafe you just may be. Surely, they did something to deserve what they got. They might tweet back that you should smell the roses and enjoy a nice tea and leave you more annoyed in your pursuit of justice headspace.
There is yoga and deep breathing and … hopes that if your serontonin just spikes enough, you will reach the finish line, and not allow the bastards to beat you. There is living well as some form of revenge . Yet, they don't understand that living takes on new meaning when justice has been so twisted and gee you are not even the vengeful type. There is the practice of ultra extreme patience on those days that you do fancy ways to serve that dish real nice and real cold.
There is not forgiveness since if you enemy apologizes, or even tries to explain—they admit guilt and they face civil and criminal liability and other forms of untenable censure for doing so. They can’t and won’t shed light, much less ever say they are sorry. Maybe, on their death beds… A big maybe. I bet that's what Christopher Jordan Dorner wanted above all. An apology. Some explanation. Humanity. Decency. Understanding.
According to the press, Christopher Dorner, chose murder, and the posting of his Manifesto on Facebook as his method.
His story is getting attention. His means are terrible but the ends are exciting. A ray of hope that the diseased LAPD, and their aiders and abetters in the courts, be scrutinized and investigated after years and years of them ruining life after life. Dorner, in his manifesto, pleas with journalists to just look and dig etc. I hear you on that, bro.
The mainstream press will make him out as a gone postal story, and neglect their own role in his downward spiral: The L.A times does not cover stories on corruption. Nor, do most media outlets. I have heard various explanations as to why this is so. All of them are unacceptable.
If the allegations against, Christopher Dorner, are true than he chose the murder of somewhat random innocents. The coverage I’ve seen is hazy—he killed the daughter of his lawyer and her fiancé and one cop? I don’t argue that if indeed, Donner, killed another, than he went off the deep end and sunk. If he had killed a person who directly had been responsible for his destruction, then it would be self destructive and stupid. Nothing is worth a life behind bars. The killing of family members of his nemesis? Just … baffling… bizarre.
A big IF should exist as to anything the LAPD releases to the media. It is an organization full of liars and bullies and cover uppers. Dorner was but one in a long line of terrorized truth tellers.
News from Los Angeles Metro in the Los Angeles Times
LAPD Sued by Whistle-Blowers
Courts: Suit by 41 current and former officers and others claims a code of silence is enforced by retaliation against those who report misconduct. Officials decline to comment.
More than 40 current and former Los Angeles police officers filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday, alleging that LAPD officials support the department's so-called code of silence by retaliating against those who report misconduct.
Among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is Officer John Goines, a veteran motorcycle officer who broke ranks with LAPD officials by saying in a deposition last month that he believed the March 1999 fatal shooting of Margaret Mitchell, a mentally ill homeless woman, was unwarranted. Since his comments became public, Goines has been harassed by other officers, including a supervisor, his attorney alleges.
Other plaintiffs include officers who contend they were victims of retaliation for reporting incidents of excessive force, hostile work environment issues and other forms of police misconduct. Many of the plaintiffs said they were forced out of the LAPD because they reported police abuses to their supervisors.
LAPD officials declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. A spokesman for the city attorney's office said the suit lacks merit as a class action.
Attorney Bradley C. Gage, who filed the suit, said the LAPD's management fosters the code of silence by punishing departmental whistle-blowers. The retaliation comes in various forms, Gage said, including personnel complaints, undesirable job assignments, demotions and terminations.
"These good cops fear their own administration and management more than the criminals on the street," Gage said.
He alleges in the lawsuit that LAPD managers secretly pass along confidential information about a whistle-blower's background to other managers to perpetuate the harassment of the employee. The practice, Gage said, is known as a "phone jacket."
The issue of retaliation has long been a matter of concern for members of the City Council and Police Department. Three years ago, after a series of public hearings, then--Interim Police Chief Bayan Lewis unveiled a comprehensive anti-retaliation policy that covered all LAPD employees, but was largely meant to protect female officers who complained about sexual harassment and discrimination.
Some women who made such complaints told city leaders they had been targets of death threats, false complaints and warnings from colleagues that they would be left stranded without backup in emergencies.
Last year, city officials passed a law aimed at preventing retaliation against employees who file complaints with the Police Commission's inspector general.
But many officers still believe they will become victims of retaliation if they report a colleague for criminal or departmental misconduct.
Gage said that the recent LAPD corruption probe has uncovered overwhelming evidence that the code of silence exists in the department and is condoned by top brass.
"The Rampart corruption scandal demonstrates that when police officers are afraid to report criminal acts for fear of becoming targets of retaliation, corruption will spread," he said.
Indeed, if ex-officer-turned-informant Rafael Perez is to be believed, the code of silence thrives within the LAPD. Perez, who is cooperating with authorities to obtain a lighter sentence on cocaine theft charges, has told investigators that officers in the Rampart Division's anti-gang unit routinely witnessed and acquiesced to police misconduct. An officer who dared to report misconduct would be ostracized and subjected to retaliation, Perez said.
At a news conference announcing the filing of the suit, Gage was flanked by a half-dozen clients, all of them current or former LAPD officers, who say they suffered retaliation for reporting misconduct by others in the department.
One 18-year veteran who worked in the scientific investigations division said she blew the whistle on a colleague who, while supposedly on sick leave, was attending a "cowboy school" in Colorado. The ex-officer, Coleen Braun, said she reported it to her supervisor, who promised to investigate.
But Braun said she later learned that the supervisor was aware of the misconduct--she had been receiving phone calls and postcards from the officer at the cowboy camp--and did not intend to do anything about it.
As result of filing the complaint, Braun alleged, she was charged with benefits abuse after she had multiple surgeries for work-related injuries to her hands, elbows and shoulders. She was found guilty of the abuses at a departmental Board of Rights and fired earlier this year.
"I want my job back," she said. "I love my job."
Another officer said he was fired after he testified against two officers who are currently under investigation as part of the Rampart scandal. The ex-officer said he told department officials that he had the tape-recorded statement of an officer who witnessed the beating of a homeless man, allegedly at the hands of former Central Division Officers Christopher Coppock and David Cochrane.
The officer, who was originally accused of the beating himself, said he was found not guilty of that charge at a disciplinary hearing. But he was later charged with threatening one of the internal affairs investigators on the case and was fired for that.
Yet another officer said his filing of a formal complaint against a supervisor resulted in a campaign of harassment and retaliation that culminated in his dismissal for "checking out a police car on a rainy day."
Gage said his clients brought a host of other alleged misconduct to the attention of the LAPD, but were ignored or punished for doing so. Among the allegations for which officers say they suffered retaliation: A commander misappropriated public funds, computers were stolen, and officials instructed officers to falsely log on to their patrol cars' computers so that it appeared they had arrived at a crime scene sooner than they actually did.
Gage said one officer was forced off the job after alleging that officers planted drugs on suspects in the Rampart and Wilshire divisions in 1996, the same period during which Perez claims such things were done on a routine basis.
Gage said he has 41 current and former department employees as plaintiffs in the suit, all but a few who were or are sworn officers. He said about 15 are still on the job, but facing some form of discipline. He said he expects that the class, which still needs to be approved, will grow to several hundred.
But, if the allegations against Dorner are true, Dorner’s choices are too confounding. In my brave new fear filled world, much of this story is fishy and will get fishier. They say he left his badge at some scene, and yet if he was fired, he’d have to have handed back his badge, long ago. Surely, this intelligent man understood that murder of the innocent would so mar his very very important message. A message that has been ignored for ages.
Fishy, I say. Four day old( left in the sun) Flounder fishy. Do not let the mainstream press and their fishy spin machines lead you to closed minded conclusions.
pic of corrupt Judge, Samantha Jessner, soiling the minds of the young.
Picture of major menace to society, darkness visible , the evil and sinister Judge Maria Stratton
I’d love to hear others opinions on this story.