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Precautions taken for alleged cop killer Dorner

By Aaron Blevins, 2/14/2013

Hollywood Division named in Dorner’s manifesto

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Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division took precautionary measures to safeguard the police station from fugitive Christopher Dorner, who allegedly penned an online manifesto specifically naming the division.

Officer Brett Goodkin was among several officers to provide a police presence in front of LAPD’s Hollywood Division last week. (photo by Aaron Blevins)

Dorner, a former LAPD officer, is suspected of killing 28-year-old Monica Quan and 27-year-old Keith Lawrence on Feb. 3, before wounding two police officers and killing another in Riverside County four days later. A manhunt led law enforcement to Big Bear, where a suspect — believed to be Dorner — exchanged gunfire with police on Tuesday. A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in the gunfight.

“I have no doubt that the law enforcement community will bring to an end the reign of terror perpetrated on our region by Christopher Jordan Dorner, and he will be held accountable for his evil actions,” LAPD Charlie Beck said in a statement on Feb. 9. “The families that have been devastated by his actions will never be the same.”

Following the gunfire, the suspect, who has yet to be identified, died during a standoff with police while inside a Big Bear-area cabin, which caught fire. It is unclear how the suspect died, but authorities reportedly heard a single gunshot before the cabin was engulfed in flames.

According to the manifesto, Dorner was attempting to “destroy, exploit and seize designated [LAPD] targets” to clear his name. The online posting states that he believes he was unjustly terminated from the department after accusing a fellow officer of excessive force during an incident in 2007.

The manifesto states that Dorner planned to attack the children of current and former LAPD officials. Quan reportedly was the daughter of retired LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, who represented Dorner in an LAPD Board of Rights hearing, according to the document.

It also states that Dorner was assigned to foot patrol in Hollywood Division, though LAPD officials did not confirm his assignments. The department would only confirm that Dorner worked for the LAPD from February 2005 to September 2008.

According to the manifesto, during Dorner’s time in Hollywood, he got into an altercation with two officers who were using racial slurs. After asking the officers to stop using the word and when they refused, a scuffle ensued, the document states.

“At that point I jumped over my front passenger seat and two other officers where I placed my hands around [his] neck and squeezed. …What I should have done, was put a Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 147 grain bullet in his skull,” Dorner allegedly wrote.

Hollywood Division officers shut down North Wilcox Avenue between De Longpre and Wilcox avenues on Feb. 7, seemingly in response to Dorner’s alleged threats. LAPD officials could not specify what divisions had taken precautionary measures and how long streets near the stations were closed.

Officer Brett Goodkin, one of the officers keeping watch on Wilcox Avenue, said Dorner had never been assigned to Hollywood. However, Dorner could have been assigned to the area through a foot patrol program, which assigned recruits to foot beats in Hollywood, according to a 2005 story by Park Labrea News and Beverly Press.

Representatives of LAPD’s Hollywood Division did not respond to requests for comment before deadline.

Law enforcement had deployed officers to the homes of individuals named in the manifesto. Two officers reportedly working such a beat in Torrance mistakenly shot and wounded two newspaper carriers, mistaking their vehicle for Dorner’s. According to reports, the carriers’ vehicle was a different make and model than Dorner’s vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Titan that was found burning in Big Bear on Feb. 7.

While the manhunt is seemingly over, Beck said LAPD’s Professional Standards Bureau and his special assistant for constitutional policing would review Dorner’s complaint from 2007. Officials will be re-examining all evidence and re-interviewing all witnesses, and LAPD will investigate allegations he allegedly made in the manifesto that were not included in the 2007 complaint, he said.

“I do this not to appease a murderer,” Beck said. “I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do.”

 

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