The Hunt for Christopher Dorner
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From Irvine to San Bernardino, from Las Vegas to San Diego, the multi-agency search for a fired LA police officer continues. Police under death threats themselves from Christopher Jordan Dorner have mistakenly fired on three innocent people, hitting two. An apartment house and a store have been evacuated. Dozens of guards protecting officers and their families are standing by in many neighborhoods. We update the search and get the background. Is the LAPD still a racist institution as Dorner claims? If Dorner is not captured, how long can this go on? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Pope Benedict XVI makes history by stepping aside.
Christopher Jordan Dorner was formally charged today with killing a Riverside police officer and attempting to kill two others. So-called "special circumstances" make him eligible for the death penalty. In his lengthy manifesto on Facebook, Dorner vows "unconventional warfare" against all officers involved in his firing by the LAPD — and their families. In many Southern California neighborhoods, armed guards have been assigned to guard his possible victims. Dorner says his careers as police officer and Navy reservist have been ended because he was falsely accused of lying because he is black. He says the LAPD is as racist as it was before the Rodney King beating, despite years of investigations, reforms and new chiefs leading a department with a majority of ethnic minorities. The subject of a manhunt big enough to be called unprecedented in Southern California history, a $1 million reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
- Andy Neiman: Los Angeles Police Department, @LAPDHDQTRS
- Darrell Satzman: Associate News Producer
- Joel Rubin: Los Angeles Times, @joelrubin
- Connie Rice: Advancement Project in Los Angeles, @ConnieRicePCN
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