[Marxism] CA Shooter: 'I am a Man Who Has Lost Complete Faith in the System'
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AlterNet  / By Steven Hsieh 
CA Shooter: 'I am a Man Who Has Lost Complete Faith in the System'
February 8, 2013 |
Today, Los Angeles police continued the manhunt for a former police officer
that allegedly killed three people in a rampage targeting LAPD police
and their families. In pursuit of the alleged gunman LAPD officers shot
two women they mistakenly believed were driving Dorner’s car.
Christopher Dorner who was fired from the police department in 2008, posted a
6,000-word memo to Facebook before his alleged killing spree began
Thursday. The manifesto explained how his experiences with the LAPD,
which he said included years of unchecked corruption and racism from his colleagues and superiors, were his motivation for the violence. Dorner
claims he lost his badge in 2008 for trying to expose corruption in the
The corporate media's account of the story, however, nearly entirely
ignores the former officer's lengthy explanation, perhaps in efforts to
cast Dorner as yet another lunatic in an era of mass (and mostly
unexplained) shootings. Even worse, when the mainstream media does note
Dorner's letter, it refuses to acknowledge the reality of modern police
abuse. As one New York Times homepage story  says:
Mr. Dorner laid out grievances against a police department that he said
remained riddled with racism and corruption, a reference to a chapter of the department’s history that, in the view of many people, was swept
aside long ago.
But here's what the Times -- and all other corporate journalism articles -- won't tell you: Racism and
widespread corruption is still an institutional part of the L.A. police
In 2011, reports of endemic, interdepartmental racism led to a shakeup in
the LAPD’s central division. One allegation from the case noted a
Sergeant presenting an African American officer “a cake topped with a piece of fried chicken and a slice of watermelon .” In March, a 15-year LAPD veteran was charged with pulling people over based on racial profiling . And just last November, a video surfaced  showing LAPD officer Jorge Santander using a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed
woman, conflicting earlier claims Santander made in 2010.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. According to a spreadsheet published by the Los Angeles Time, the LAPD paid hundreds of settlements  from 2002 to 2011 in cases of brutality, sexual harassment, civil rights and discrimination based on race, gender, disability and sexual
orientation. This list of abuses bears profound resemblance to the
culture Dorner describes in his manifesto:
From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on
others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in
the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and
shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and
suspects, it’s the police officers.
In his manifesto, Dorner characterizes himself as a man driven to murder by an unyielding, racist system:
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. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King
days. It has gotten worse.
Dorner goes on to recount his own personal experience with racism, from
playground bullying to alleged institutional abuse in the LAPD. Your Black World ’s Maria Lloyd calls Dorner “The Product of Racism in America” and
suggests his rampage occurred as a result of years of racism against
him. She cites a University of Washington in St. Louis study  tying violent behavior with stress derived from racial discrimination in young African American men.
In his manifesto, Dorner expressed dismay with our society's institutionalized racism:
I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a
son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has
lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered,
and libeled me.
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