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LAPD Records Show That Serial Killer Christopher Dorner was Trouble from the Get-Go

 



Dorner murder victim Monica Quan

 

 

Dorner murder victim Keith Lawrence; Quan and Lawrence were engaged

 

Christopher Dorner's third murder victim: Riverside PD Officer Michael Crain, 34, "was shot to death Thursday while sitting in his patrol car." The media did not identify Officer Crain until February 10; thus, he was not named or depicted in the story below.

 

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah McKay

 

 

Posted by Nicholas Stix

LAPD records: Fugitive Christopher Dorner had troubled tenure

By Eric Hartley, Staff Writerdailybreeze.com

Posted: 02/09/2013 02:47:15 PM PST

February 10, 2013 5:40 AM GMTUpdated: 02/09/2013 09:40:54 PM PST

Los Angeles Daily News

Christopher Dorner, pictured above, is the suspect in the double-homicide that occurred in Irvine on Sunday, February 3, 2013. This recent image of Dorner was obtained from surveillance video of an Orange County hotel, taken Jan. 28, 2013. (Photo courtesy of the Irvine Police Department)

THE MANHUNT FOR CHRISTOPHER DORNER

Hundreds of pages of court records, which include confidential Internal Affairs reports, detail a pitched struggle between Christopher Jordan Dorner and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Almost from the beginning of his employment the seeds of Dorner's 11,000-word manifesto, which details his grievances against the department, were sown.

His troubles began as a Police Academy recruit in February 2006. It was then Dorner filed an official complaint, saying two other recruits had made "ethnic remarks," an investigator wrote. The department found one recruit made such a comment, but the other had not.

The court records outline Dorner's attempt to overturn his 2009 firing from the LAPD for lying about another officer's

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conduct. Dorner himself said the failure of those appeals led directly to last week's rampage.

"I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back," Dorner wrote in his manifesto posted Monday on Facebook. "I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences."

Those deadly consequences include three homicides in which Dorner, 33, is a suspect and as a result the subject of a statewide manhunt. The killings include the shooting of a Riverside police officer, and Dorner's manifesto threatens the lives of LAPD officers and their families.

He told a colleague he wasn't happy with the outcome of the complaint he filed as a recruit. Dorner, who is black, said he believed the LAPD was racist and planned to sue the department once his probation was over.

His 2007 accusation against another officer led to an investigation, an internal hearing and court appeals that together spanned more than four years.

The court records not only outline Dorner's legal case and his complaints about racism, but hint at his trouble fitting back in after a year of military service in Iraq.

Dorner, a naval reservist, spent just four months on the street after graduating from the Police Academy in February 2006. He was called to active military duty that July and served in Iraq before returning to the LAPD in July 2007.

Because of his military duty, his probation was extended, and he was assigned to ride with a training officer, Teresa Evans.

Not long into their time together, Evans told investigators, Dorner started crying while they were in a car and asked to be taken back to the station. He had asked about "reintegration" training given to officers returning from military duty, Evans said.

"Dorner acknowledged that he might have some issues regarding his deployment in Iraq," an investigator wrote after interviewing Evans.

He eventually completed a class called "restoration training," the investigators found.

About the same time, Dorner's personal life appeared troubled. Court records show his wife filed for divorce in 2007, though there's no evidence one was granted. The pair have no children.

An earlier relationship had ended badly just a year before, when court records show Dorner unsuccessfully requested a restraining order against an ex-girlfriend.

About a month after rejoining the police force in 2007, Dorner made a complaint about Evans, saying she had kicked a suspect during an arrest. Evans said it was untrue, and witness reports were conflicting.

That August 2007 complaint sparked an internal investigation that led to Dorner -- not Evans -- being brought up on internal charges.

Dorner was accused of making a false report.

"The investigation alludes to the fact that Dorner was struggling to reintegrate to the Department upon his return from a year of military duty," an internal report says. "Whether that in some way created the motivation for him to make this complaint is not known, however it does not rationalize it."

In the end, the LAPD found Dorner had lied.

And it's that judgment that appears to have consumed him in the years since. In his manifesto, the word "truth" or "truthful" appears 20 times. Some version of the word

San Bernardino County Sheriff deputies continue to search door-to-door along Willow Avenue in Big Bear for ex-LAPD fugitive Christopher Jordan Dorner on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

"lie" appears 15 times.

Among those he accuses of lying: LAPD officers, a high school vice principal and a port police officer.

He demands the LAPD clear his name publicly, saying that only then will the killings stop. He sent a video that he says exonerates him to CNN's Anderson Cooper with a note labeled "I never lied!"

After Dorner returned to duty in July 2007, he wasted little time telling Evans, his training officer, about his problems with the department.

Evans told another officer about "an unusual conversation she had with Dorner regarding the fact that Dorner seemed preoccupied with the race of officers and the suspects they arrested," the internal report says.

"Dorner continually tried to solicit information from Evans regarding whether or not she saw any racist behavior or if she had been treated badly by the Department," the report says. "At some point within the first week, she told Dorner that their relationship and conversation needed to be geared toward training and not personal matters."

He seems preoccupied with race in the manifesto, too, criticizing some white, black, Hispanic and Asian officers for their own forms of racism and calling them "high value target(s)."

His resentment seems to stem from his time at the Police Academy, where he was "shunned" as a snitch after filing the complaint about the other recruits, his lawyer wrote in a court filing.

On July 28, 2007, within Dorner's first month back on the force, he and Evans went to a San Pedro hotel for a report of a man causing a disturbance. The man, who had schizophrenia and dementia, didn't listen to officers' commands, and they took him to the ground and used a Taser to subdue him.

Dorner later said Evans kicked the man three times, but told him to leave that out of the report. Dorner wrote a report that doesn't mention the kicks.

He never reported the kicks until almost two weeks later, Aug. 10, when he told a sergeant about them. That sparked the Internal Affairs investigation.

Dorner told investigators he worried he could face retaliation because Evans was friends with another sergeant who investigated the use of force in the arrest.

His lawyer later gave a different explanation for not reporting Evans' actions sooner: He didn't want a repeat of his experience being shunned in the academy.

The Internal Affairs report suggests another motive: Evans had warned him he wasn't performing well, and he wanted to get her in trouble.

In the interim, Evans told investigators, she warned Dorner after an incident Aug. 4. As officers were on a call involving an armed man, Dorner stood in the middle of a sidewalk with no cover, Evans said.

Evans told him his tactics needed to improve or she might recommend he be removed from the field. She said she spent 20 or 30 minutes talking with him to try to figure out how she could help him.

The internal report recommended the accusations against Evans be deemed unfounded. It had a stinging rebuke for what it called Dorner's false claim and recommended he be fired if found guilty by a Board of Rights.

"Members of this Department are expected to conduct themselves with the highest degree of honesty and integrity," the report says. "By his false allegations of misconduct, Dorner has failed to uphold those values."

In June 2008, Dorner was placed on inactive duty. In January 2009, a Board of Rights made up of two captains and an attorney found him guilty of making false statements and making a false complaint.

On Feb. 5, 2009, then-LAPD Chief William Bratton signed an order firing Dorner.

Months later, Dorner went to court to overturn the firing, his first effort to clear his name.

But Superior Court Judge David Yaffe found in 2010 that Dorner hadn't proved the firing was improper. The judge noted that such administrative decisions are given a "presumption of correctness" under the law.

It was up to the board to listen to witnesses and decide who was lying, the judge said.

A state appeals court agreed, writing in October 2011: "There is substantial evidence in the record to support the Board's finding. The Board simply found appellant not credible and thus implicitly found Sergeant Evans credible."

Dorner remained a naval reservist until an honorable discharge Feb. 1. Police say the first of the killings was a double homicide Sunday, Feb. 3, in Irvine.

One of the victims was the daughter of a captain who represented Dorner at his departmental hearing.


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• Jose River • Glendale Community College
Police are always using excessive force even after the person has been subdued, this is no secret. So its weird that with a he said, she said, the courts believed her, and not only that, they retaliated against dorner. Its incredible, this injustice needs to be reaipaired somehow. God bless you dorner.
Thursday at 1:22pm

Until you wrote, "God bless you dorner," a person might have thought you were an honest, rational observer, rather than a dark-sider. None of the people he murdered had done anything to him. The man was clearly paranoid and evil. Therefore, I am not going to waste any time trying to persuade you.

However, for those readers who have not gone over to the dark side, I read the decision by the appeals court. Most of the case is a "he said, she said" affair, but that doesn...'t make it "weird" that the courts believed her. Why would anyone believe Dorner?

In its decision, the appeals court emphasized two issues. First, Dorner was the one who retaliated: He only made the charges against Ofcr. Evans (she hadn't been promoted to sergeant yet) after she'd written a negative evaluation of him. And even more importantly, there was forensic evidence that contradicted his claims. He asserted that during the struggle in the bushes, Ofcr. Evans had kicked Mr. Gettler three times—once in the face, and twice in the collarbone. While Gettler's nose had a bloody scratch, the Board and the courts concluded that it was due to the struggle in the bushes. Regarding Dorner's allegations of Evans kicking Gettler twice in the collarbone, the court pointed out that that would have left dirt and shoeprints on Gettler's shirt. However, he was wearing a white shirt, which had no dirt or shoeprints in that area.
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one doesnt get motivated to kill people who tell the truth

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You can if, you're a narcissistic personality.

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Nick Werle, I 100% agree with you!!!!!

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He should not have been hired, they should review the screening process.

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Police are always using excessive force even after the person has been subdued, this is no secret. So its weird that with a he said, she said, the courts believed her, and not only that, they retaliated against dorner. Its incredible, this injustice needs to be reaipaired somehow. God bless you dorner.

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Excuse me---I don't think God will be blessing this dirt bag.

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Linda Stepp · Old Dominion University

Dorner is now dead; but I think there is more to it than is currently known. He served in the Armed Forces with honor. He reported incidents of racism and eventually he was deemed to be filing false reports and then fired. I think the whole case needs reavulated by a team that has nothing to gain or lose to conduct a new investigation. I just feel this man died because he was trying to clear his name. I don't know if he was guilty of those murders or not but something just doesn't seem right; it isn't adding up and now he will never be able to speak on his own behalf again.

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Are you kidding? Dirtbags murder honest witnesses all the time!

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Police are always using excessive force even after the person has been subdued, this is no secret. So its weird that with a he said, she said, the courts believed her, and not only that, they retaliated against dorner. Its incredible, this injustice needs to be reaipaired somehow. God bless you dorner.

Thursday at 1:22pm

Until you wrote, "God bless you dorner," a person might have thought you were an honest, rational observer, rather than a dark-sider. None of the people he murdered had done anything to him. The man was clearly paranoid and evil. Thus, I am not going to waste any time trying to persuade you.

 

However, for those readers who have not gone over to the dark side, I read the decision by the appeals court. Most of the case is a "he said, she said" affair, but that doesn't make it "weird" that the courts believed her. Why would anyone believe Dorner?

 

In its decision, the appeals court emphasized two issues. First, Dorner was the one who retaliated: He only made the charges against Ofcr. Evans (she hadn't been promoted to sergeant yet) after she'd written a negative evaluation of him. And even more importantly, there was forensic evidence that contradicted his claims. He asserted that during the struggle in the bushes, Ofcr. Evans had kicked Mr. Gettler three times—once in the face, and twice in the collarbone. While Gettler's nose had a bloody scratch, the Board and the courts concluded that it was due to the struggle in the bushes. Regarding Dorner's allegations of Evans kicking Gettler twice in the collarbone, the court pointed out that that would have left dirt and shoeprints on Gettler's shirt. However, he was wearing a white shirt, which had no dirt or shoeprints in that area.

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