There is a feverish manhunt underway in the Southland. It all started when Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former LAPD officer, posted a manifesto on his Facebook page. Dorner, who is fixating on being forced out of his job in 2009, listed dozens of targets in the document and promised to bring “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against any law enforcement personnel who got in his way. The violence has already been staggering.
Dorner has been connected to a double homicide in Orange County which occurred last weekend. The victims were Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence. Quan is the daughter of Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain mentioned in Dorner’s manifesto; Dorner targeted Quan for his role in Dorner’s dismissal from the force.
Then, very early Thursday morning, Dorner was connected to a shooting of two LAPD officers in Corona, who were protecting one of the other names on Dorner’s list. Shortly after that, two local officers were shot in Riverside, and Dorner is suspected of ambushing them. One of those officers has died, while others are in the hospital suffering from gunshot and graze wounds.
Unfortunately, violence has begotten more violence in this manhunt, as innocent bystanders have been shot by police officers in pursuit. Two people in Torrance were shot by LAPD officers due to misidentifying a vehicle as Dorner’s, and a similar situation happened with Torrance officers shortly thereafter.
Apparently, before the initial shooting in Riverside, Dorner tried to steal a boat in San Diego to flee to Mexico, but was thwarted when the boat became inoperable. The California Highway Patrol has issued a “blue alert” statewide warning about Dorner, and the Nevada Highway Patrol has followed suit.
How has Dorner been successfully evading police for days? What is his psychological state? He lost his job in 2009, so what happened to push him over the edge? Who else is targeted in his manifesto, and what protections are being made by law enforcement? What will it take to end Dorner’s spree, bring him to justice and restore peace and safety in these communities?
David Klinger, former LAPD officer; author of Into the Kill Zone: A Cop's Eye View of Deadly Force (Jossey-Bass); Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Ben Bergman, KPCC reporter
Eric Hickey, Ph.D., criminologist and dean of the California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University, former consultant to the FBI
Larry Altman, reporter, Daily Breeze in Torrance
James Usera, associate at the Law Offices of Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC, former friend and college football teammate of Christopher Jordan Dorner
Rina Palta, KPCC reporter
Frank Stoltze, KPCC reporter
Brian Watt, KPCC reporter
Robert J. Louden, Ph.D, Professor of Criminal Justice at Georgian Court University and retired Chief Hostage Negotiator for NYPD