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Christopher Dorner

Updated on February 18, 2013


The Irony of it all

The headlines unfolded with the manhunt for this man who was a cop-killer who once wore the blue shield. I watched the headlines and heard the commentary. News read, “He’s crazy/psychotic,” or is obviously mentally disturbed. While the threat of violence was made, I found it shocking for the police to be so on edge that they shot innocent bystanders without warning or investigation almost killing two innocent people in response to the threat of Christopher Dorner.

As a student of psychology, I began to wonder what labels were given to this man who once did fairly well in his career and was willing to serve his country. Rather than following the media labels, I felt compelled to read the manifesto for myself to get an idea of what made this man split. My curiosity began with hearing random comments he made about stars, celebrities, and goodbyes to his friends while going back in time to his childhood about grievances.

Christopher Dorner began his manifesto stating the importance of a name and how he felt his name had been soiled because he stood against injustice and racism. Reading the manifesto, I must confess that my mouth hung open when he described the way minorities mistreated other minorities, pictures taken on officers cell phones about who’s got the worst murder victim photos, or the lies/cover-ups regarding his blowing the whistle on an officer kicking a subdued arrested person (validated by the victim’s father and evident by the boot print on the victim’s face). Cover ups and conflicts of interests were mentioned. My mouth hung upon when he mentioned officers requesting to serve in the south divisions where the population is highly uneducated and uninformed when it came to understanding their civil rights in an effort to practice police brutality.

Then it’s almost like he switched into another person; a man appreciative of his friends, family, and people he loved. Two complete and separate different people inhabiting one body. One person feeling a final effort to experience justice by vindication of his soiled name and another person saying his final goodbyes to everyone-acknowledging death, almost attempting to distract himself from his fate.

The irony is that he felt his actions exemplified his last stand for justice. His last opportunity to clear his name with the actions taken is what will forever tarnish his name in the history books. He could have taken his desire to stand for justice and transform his career into a civil rights advocate w/ his experience in the military and law enforcement. He could have taken his fight for justice and pursue a human rights related career field.

My heart weeps for the victims. The cops taken by ambush/surprise and the young couple that will never get married, have children, or continue with their lives –innocent victims. Acknowledging that he wanted his brain preserved as the two cat scans he had in his lifetime failed to discover his extreme problems with depression.

As I read the manifesto and watched the story unfold I felt similarities between Christopher Dorner and Mark Essex. One a navy reserve and former police officer and the other a former navy officer –discharged.

Christopher Dorner wanted to clear his name and stand for justice but his methods – wrong.

Further Irony:

Black history month

Racism in America at an All Time High

LAPD’s history of cruel treatment of minorities and second class citizenship for the boys in blue

Rampart scandal

Then I hear some of the lyrics:

Talib Kweli – Talib Kweli

The Proud lyrics

August 4, 2001
A drunken police officer mows down an entire family in Brooklyn
The judge lets him go with no bail

It reminds us, of just how worthless our lives are to the justice system
I struggle, to explain the situation to my son, it's hard

[Verse Two]

I already know the deal but what the “heck” do I tell my son?
I want him livin right, livin good, respect the rules
He's five years old and he still thinkin cops is cool
How do I break the news that when he gets some size
He'll be perceived as a threat or see the fear in they eyes
It's in they job description to terminate the threat
So 41 shots to the body is what he can expect
The precedent is set, don't matter if he follow the law
I know I'll give my son pride and make him swallow it all (damn!)

Black history month – Racial Injustice –Standing up for what’s right we must remember the words of a man who fought the good fight of equality and justice: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


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