As Manhunt Continues, LAPD Revisits Disgruntled Former Cop's Firing
Law enforcement agencies across California and neighboring states continue their search for Christopher Dorner, a former police officer thought to be targeting Los Angeles cops after he posted an online manifesto that threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against the Los Angeles Police Department.
Dorner has allegedly shot three people, and, according to his manifesto, intends to kills more. Online he also attributed his 2009 dismissal from the police department to racism by the LAPD, a claim that police Chief Charlie Beck addressed this weekend. Beck said he was reopening the investigation into Dorner's firing, not "to appease a murderer," but to be "transparent and fair in all the things we do."
"I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD's past and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner's allegations of racism within the Department," he said.
On the NewsHour Thursday night, Southern California Public Radio's Frank Stoltze told Ray Suarez that the department fired Dorner for lying about a fellow officer beating up a suspect. Stoltze said Dorner's first victim was the daughter of a retired police captain who represented him in that disciplinary hearing.
On Sunday, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that city authorities were offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the Dorner's arrest. During a press conference Monday morning, Lt. Andrew Neiman said the department is investigating more than 600 leads.
Southern California Public Radio offers a timeline of events from Dorner's life, with the latest news on the manhunt.