Crime & Justice

Update: LAPD says review of ex-cop Christopher Dorner's firing continues

Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks in a press conference during February's manhunt for Christopher Dorner.
Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks in a press conference during February's manhunt for Christopher Dorner.

Update 4:30 p.m.: The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that its review of the firing of rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner remains unfinished. The full statement (with the LAPD's own emphasis intact):

The Dorner Review as conducted by Gerald Chaleff, Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing, has not been finalized. Any comments or conclusions about the contents of the review are premature.  LAPD will announce the review once finalized.

Meanwhile, Richard Drooyan — a member of the Los Angeles Police Board of Commissioners — told KPCC that the report has not been presented to the full commission and that he would not make any comment regarding its contents.

The process, according to Drooyan: LAPD has its own internal report.  It will be sent to the Inspector General, who will review its contents.  The Commission hopes both reviews will be presented to them on June 25.

Previously: An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department has concluded that rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired, the Associated Press reported, citing civil rights attorney Connie Rice.

Rice told the AP that a lengthy examination found no basis for allegations of racism and bias that Dorner made in a manifesto vowing revenge on his former colleagues and their families.

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Chief Charlie Beck ordered the review in February while Dorner was on the run. The former officer had posted an online manifesto vowing warfare against the department, officers and their families, in retaliation for what he called his unfair firing in 2008.

Authorities said Dorner killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during a weeklong rampage in February that involved a massive manhunt and ended with his apparent suicide in a mountain cabin following a gunbattle with police.

The findings, which are expected to be made public this month at a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting, concluded that Dorner had a history of embellishing stories, misperceiving slights and making bogus complaints against his fellow officers, Rice said.

He took more than twice as long as most officers to complete his training, was nearly incomprehensible during the hearing over his firing and only filed a complaint against his training officer when he learned she gave him a bad performance review, Rice said.

Police Commission President Andrea Ordin told the AP that the report still needed to go to the inspector general for review and then to the Police Commission.

Dorner went on the run in February after being accused of killing the daughter of his former union lawyer and her fiance and releasing a manifesto saying he would get even for being unfairly fired because he was black.

Rice, a longtime department watchdog and frequent critic, was allowed to review the findings, the AP reported.

"The firing was justified and his allegations are completely unfounded," Rice, who spent two weeks reviewing the findings, told the AP. "This guy needed to go. And the question was, even if he needed to go, did the LAPD get rid of him in a way that was illegitimate? And the answer for me was no."

The roughly 40-page report relied on about 80 documents, including 900 pages of transcripts from the Board of Rights hearing that concluded Dorner lied when he claimed a training officer had brutally kicked a mentally ill man during an arrest. He was fired for making a false report, and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sided with the department during a 2010 appeal.

The internal LAPD review conducted by Gerry Chaleff, the department's special assistant for constitutional policing, also re-examined at least 10 complaints Dorner officially lodged with the department while he was an officer, Rice said.

In his manifesto, Dorner said the LAPD had tarnished his reputation, ruined the former Navy reserve's military career and destroyed his life.

"He raised all that racism stuff in my mind because he knew he'd get a rise out of them," Rice said. "He did everything he could to hurt the department."

The department is also conducting a review of the overall discipline system and will also review the cases of a handful of former officers who have since formally requested reviews of their firings.

Rice said she spoke with many black officers in the department who said that though the department still had issues with racism, it had changed a great deal over the past decades.

"Just because racism didn't play a leading role in what happened toDorner doesn't mean the LAPD is now an inter-racial nirvana," Rice said. "It does still have serious problems like every department does and we shouldn't forget that."