Ex-LAPD officer: Killings "a necessary evil"
LOS ANGELES In a long, rambling manifesto addressed to "The Nation," with the subject line "Last Resort," former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner -- the suspect in a weekend double homicide, and in the overnight shootings of three police officers in the Los Angeles area Thursday -- said the killing spree was a "necessary evil."
CBS Los Angeles reports the 20-page document lays out a long list of concerns, slights, charges and threats against fellow LAPD officers, whom he blames for his termination from the force.
Once a decorated officer and former Navy reservist, Dorner was fired from the department in 2009, allegedly for making false statements against another officer he accused of police brutality.
He is currently the target of a manhunt, suspected of killing an assistant women's basketball coach and her fiance Sunday and fatally shooting a police officer in the suburb of Riverside and wounding two others early Thursday morning.
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Dorner, 33, implicated himself in the weekend killings with the manifesto, originally posted on his Facebook page, in which he says "goodbye" to friends.
He also mentions various people in the news media he admires (among them Anderson Cooper), entertainers he liked (including Charlie Sheen), and discusses presidents he liked (Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush) and even suggests who former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should pick for her running mate in 2016.
He also apologizes to one for not being able to make it to the wedding "to be your best man." But mostly the document was filled with bitter accusations against other officers he accused of racial discrimination, hostility and retaliation.
Among the excerpts:
"I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders. I know I will be vilified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy, but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. . . .
"You're going to see what a whistle blower can do when you take everything from him -- especially his name. . . .
"When the truth comes out, the killing stops. The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence publicly."
In the manifesto, he accused the LAPD of having "suppressed the truth," and that this "has led to deadly consequences."
"In essence I've lost everything ... because the LAPD took my name and new (sic) I was innocent. Randy Quan new (sic) I was innocent but decided to terminate me."
Retired LAPD Captain Randy Quan was Dorner's lawyer at his LAPD hearing; he is also father of Monica Quan, who was murdered -- along with her fiance -- on Sunday evening in Irvine.
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