Christopher Dorner's Criticisms Were Valid, Ex-Cops Say

Several minority law enforcement officers support Dorner's plight, but condemn his methods.


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The manhunt for Christopher Dorner caught the attention of the nation, but for some, the contents of Dorner's manifesto may be what people remember about the tragedy for years to come.

Several supporters, many of them former minority law enforcement themselves, have backed the claims Dorner made in his lengthy screed. In the manifesto, Dorner focused on the racism and corruption he witnessed in the Los Angeles Police Department he would go on to terrorize.

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Another former African-American LAPD officer, Joe Jones, released his own Facebook manifesto Monday, LA Weekly reports. After detailing racism and threats directed his way by fellow officers, Jones makes a point to stand up for Dorner's claims:

"I present (the above claims) not to be a Whistleblower, However to hope that one would not assume that all of what is being said is Lies as presented by Dorner. I don't know him, But I know me. I will say from my experience, if a person knows they were wrong it is easier to move on without anger. Seems that Dorner obviously could not move on..."

Dorner's own 18-page manifesto described personal attacks on his race, institutional racism and sexism within the LAPD, as well as officers using excessive force on citizens.

Ephraim Cruz, a former border patrol agent who eventually become a whistleblower for border patrol abuse, says the problems Dorner highlighted are not limited to the LAPD.

"Christopher Dorner's is an experience I totally understand and sympathize with," Cruz told U.S. News. "He became defiant because the situation got out of his control. That's what we have in common. He reported malfeasance."

Like Dorner, Cruz says he tried to notify superiors of fellow agents' abuse of detainees at the border, only to be rebuffed.

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"When I was a senior federal agent, border patrol, I'm presenting the names of supervisors, people in place, those who were victims, who were abused, and the federal agencies were trying to suppress that."

Dorner's trouble began when, as a rookie, reported his training officer kicked a man several times during an arrest. The report was deemed not credible by a disciplinary panel and later backed by a judge who, though "uncertain whether the training officer kicked the suspect or not," upheld the department's decision to fire Dorner, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dorner resurfaced his claims in his manifesto, saying the incident and the officers responsible "destroyed his life."

These claims, not Dorner's violent actions, have drawn support from other former law enforcement officials like Jones, who seem to empathize with Dorner's plight, though not his actions.

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Jones continued on his Facebook page:

"I feel your pains! …But you are going about this the wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways."

Jones has since taken down the manifesto and issued a press release distancing himself from Dorner that expresses condolences to Dorner's victims and asks for "reform of policy and re-open of Dorner's case."

Elizabeth Flock contributed to this report.

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Correction, 2/14/13: An earlier version of this article identified Ephraim Cruz as a whistleblower for police corruption. He is a whistleblower for border patrol abuse.