Since the publication of his manifesto and the reports of the shootings in California, a strange thing has started to happen on the web – support for Christopher Dorner. From web site to web site, owned by local and national news media outlets and independent bloggers, comments suggest that many people are split regarding supporting and/or not supporting him. But one thing is clear and that is that his approval and support is steadily growing on the internet.
The main reason may be due to his well-documented presentation of accounts of racism and police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
There is even a Facebook page that is titled “Dorner for President.” The page states, “We propose electing a man who could no longer sit idly by and watch as malicious tyrant’s abuse the innocent.” Not to mention another page “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner” has accumulated more than 3,000 likes.
For many in California in particular, Dorner’s situation touches a nerve that is already heightened by a historical knowledge of criminal behavior and wrongdoing by LAPD and a distrust of police by many in Southern California.
This is not surprising since just last week, seven Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies called “the Jump Out Boys” were fired for belonging to a secret law enforcement clique that allegedly celebrated shootings and branded its members with matching tattoos, officials said.
In an attempt to catch the ex-cop who lost his job with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008, two women were mistakenly shot by LAPD officers searching for Dorner Thursday. They were not warned before officers opened fire. Shockingly, they were not in a truck that matched the description of the black Nissan Titan with a luggage rack on top being driven by a black male. In a news conference, Police Chief Charlie Beck said the officers thought the women’s royal blue Toyota Tacoma matched the description of Dorner’s truck.
The next day, Torrance, California police officers opened fire on another innocent person who authorities stated was in a pickup that fit the description of the one belonging to Dorner; however, the pickups are different makes and colors, and the driver was a white male.