So Cal Manhunt – Dorner Run Amok

Like many of you I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Southern California. A crazed man is on a rampage vowing revenge for his perceived grievances. I have read the “manifesto” and concluded that its rambling offers insight to a malignant, twisted heart.

In the manifesto Dorner details a life riddled with perceived insult, which resulted in a fury disproportional to the slight. As a young man and early in his career, he was called a particular name, which resulted in Dorner responding with violent, physical action. As I too had my time in law enforcement, I have been insulted, sworn at, and called every name in the book. Every police officer experiences this. And yes, there are a very small number of officers (like Dorner) who cannot control their emotions. Departments try to weed out these types before they get into law enforcement, but no system is perfect. Tell me one industry that doesn’t have people that make the vast majority in that field look bad.

However, this incident serves as a scathing indictment into today’s society. Obviously, before Dorner went on this killing spree, Americans had no inkling as to who this man was or the circumstances that led to his dismissal from LAPD. Now, armed with only his manifesto and whatever the news media has drummed up, shocking numbers of people are voicing their advocacy and support of his “mission.” Reading the manifest, it is clear that Dorner’s reckless abandon is the culmination of a lifetime of perceived wrongs. Regardless whether these wrongs are real or imagined, Dorner’s taking of life can never be justified.

Many of these advocates for Dorner are undoubtedly basing that support on the self-described events leading to his dismissal. Never mind that they have only heard one side of the issue. This manifesto lends to these people’s preconceived notions of police brutality and corruption. (Notions probably built on a story from a cousin’s-best-friend’s-sister’s-boyfriend, who overheard a stranger) But they completely ignore some real truths present in the manifesto.

The manifesto alludes to a lifetime of discrimination due to his race. But is that truly the case? Dorner’s manifesto dispels this assertion. Dorner apparently went to college, so Dorner was not denied a higher level of education. Dorner was in the military, so he had the opportunity to serve and potentially enjoy a military career. Dorner described his goal of being in law enforcement, and he did make it into the ranks of LAPD. Some of the people Dorner associates as friends are from a variety of races, so it would appear that Dorner enjoyed a widely diverse racial/cultural interaction with people.

So where is the discrimination or lack of opportunity to craft a life he desired? Where’s the inequality? Sure he was shown disrespect by being called a name or by people using that word in his presence. I understand many find that word offensive, but it is only a word. As offensive a word might be, the word itself cannot cause any person physical harm. Only a person’s reaction to offense can result in physical harm. I think we all can recall from kindergarten that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.

Lastly, and equally disturbing to me, Dorner lists many people whom he admires. Of note, Dorner showed great respect for Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and some mainstream media people. As Dorner shows a high level of respect for these people, wouldn’t you think that at least some of them would petition Dorner to lay down his weapons and surrender peaceable? Even if there is only the remotest of possibilities that he may comply, isn’t it worth at least asking? Of course folks like Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthew, et al work in an industry that thrives on the sensationalism of these events. And that many politicians and most of the mainstream media have been politically active in forwarding gun control measures, exploitation of these events serves to further that goal.

The damage Dorner will leave in his wake is disproportionate to his perceived wrongs. Anyone that advocates or supports these actions serves as a reminder that our nation is falling into abyss devoid of morality and sensibility. And for those mentioned whom Dorner respects, remember the adage that when good men do nothing, evil triumphs. Isn’t making a plea to stop the violence the least of which you can do?

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I see troubling trends developing in this country and fear for its future. This blog is intended to incite others to action.
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4 Responses to So Cal Manhunt – Dorner Run Amok

  1. Michael Hackett says:

    Your point about the various celebrities asking Mr. Dorner to surrender is excellent. When I read his manifesto I noticed all the well-known people he held in high regard and I didn’t consider the idea of them calling for him to end his violence. Great idea! I doubt it will work as he seems to want to go down in a blaze of bullets, but a few words in the media could do what thousands of law enforcement officers have been unable to do.

  2. Dwayne Cossey says:

    Everytime someone is wronged in the least little way they scream racism. Part of the problem could be that the young men go into the military and are taught to kill and be agressive and when the nation is finished with them they spend nothing in money or time to try and de program the killing machine. Most people can adjust but there are a vast amount that dont know how to become stable. Living on the edge when you are at work just compounds the problem. Program people to kill and the reaction they turn to when cornered and they perceive no way out, is to kill all that have wronged. Society creates the monster and the monsters make life miserable for the society.

  3. Michael Hackett says:

    Mr. Cossey, I don’t fully agree with you about our former servicemen. The vast majority of those who serve don’t see combat directly as those in the infantry do. Almost all in the Army and Marines are trained to shoot and perform infantry tasks, but those in the other branches seldom do. I’m not knocking those others; their mission, their assignment, their jobs may well be dangerous and are certainly critical to the overall mission. Those who do serve in the mud don’t need reprogramming, but they do need time to adapt back to a peacetime garrison role. Prior to the Vietnam war, most military folks waited in secure environments for a slow-moving ship to take them back home and that gave them time to relax and adjust for the different world that they had been away from for so long. With Vietnam, a serviceman could be in combat today and on a plane home tomorrow and off on leave the following day. As you can imagine, it is truly a culture shock to return to the “Land of the Big PX” that quickly. When I returned, I had trouble leaving my parents home for about a week – there was just too much cultural noise to face with bright lights and loud noises. That settled down though.

    What many of these young men (and women) are facing now is not the supposedly programmed urge to kill, but the excitement of living on the edge. Here in the Camp Pendleton area, we can see the number of motorcycle crashes increase everytime a unit returns from overseas. They are seeking that edge that they lived on and sometimes they find it at 100mph on a Suzuki on the freeway.

    These young men and women aren’t programmed to kill. They are trained to kill an enemy, with rigid rules of engagement in a combat situation. They certainly aren’t robotic beings who can be turned on and off. Some do suffer from Post Trauma Shock Syndrome and that is terrible and I doubt we do enough to assist them. Even those who do suffer PTSD are rarely a danger to anyone other than themselves and the disease or syndrome manifests in substance abuse, altered abilities to maintain relationships, withdrawl from society and socialization, and the inability to focus on required tasks.

    Christopher Dorner surely brought considerable baggage along his whole life and I’m confident that he was a flawed human being before he entered the Navy or the LAPD. He was a failed aviation student and ended up in military intelligence in Bahrain. As a junior Navy officer in military intelligence, it is highly unlikely that he received significant ground combat training or expirience. While I don’t know, I doubt he ever heard a round fired in anger. This was a sick man with grand delusions and an inexperienced police officer – certainly not Rambo or Dirty Harry. Maybe we will eventually learn what made him tick. Until then we will only be guessing. I hope they catch him soon and long before his insanity creates any more victims.

  4. Chili Gallimore says:

    Believe it or not….but of all the celebrity type people Dorner mentioned in his manifesto, there was one response. Charlie Sheen posted a video asking Dorner to contact him so they could figure out a way to bring an end to the situation. Leave it to a warlock with tigers blood to try and do the right thing. “Winning”

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