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Christopher Dorner Facebook Fans

(Los Angeles Times) – Several days after Christopher Dorner’s death ended his standoff with authorities, some sympathizers have been expressing support for him online and on the street.

Dorner — accused of the slayings of four people — has gained some supporters on the Web who have read his alleged manifesto and believe its claims that he was unfairly fired by the Los Angeles Police Department and was a victim of racism.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside LAPD headquarters in downtown L.A. on Saturday afternoon in an event they said was organized through a Facebook page called “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner.” The post announcing the protest advised attendees to “keep it PEACEFUL” and to bring recording equipment.

The Facebook page states: “This is not a page about supporting the killing of innocent people. It’s supporting fighting back against corrupt cops and bringing to light what they do.”

Those gathered Saturday said they were protesting police corruption and the way the massive manhunt for Dorner was conducted. Authorities said Dorner appears to have died from a self-inflected gunshot wound after a shootout with police in Big Bear on Tuesday, ending a deadly rampage that stretched across Southern California.

Protesters also said they were appalled by police officers’ mistakenly shooting at passengers in two separate trucks in Torrance, wrongly believing Dorner might be in the vehicles. One woman was shot in the back and is still recovering.

WATCH VIDEO OF THE PROTEST AGAINST THE LAPD

The protesters emphasized that they did not condone the killings of which Dorner is accused.

Michael Nam, 30, stood at the corner of 1st and Main Streets with a sign, painted by his girlfriend, showing a tombstone and the words “RIP Habeas Corpus.” The tombstone was engulfed in flames.

Nam, of Lomita, said he was disturbed by the burning of a mountain cabin near Big Bear where Dorner barricaded himself with a high-powered sniper rifle, smoke bombs and a cache of ammo. The blaze started shortly after police fired “pyrotechnic” tear gas into the cabin; the canisters are known as “burners” because the intense heat they emit often causes a fire.

But authorities have maintained that the fire was not intentionally set.

Dorner, whose charred body was found in the cabin, appears to have died of a single gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

“How the police handled this -– they were the judge, the jury and the executioner,” Nam said. “As an American citizen, you have the right to a trial and due process by law.”

Nam, a former Marine and a current member of the Army National Guard, said he has combat experience from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said he has been in situations in which a combatant has been barricaded and successfully waited until the person surrendered, eventually getting “tired and coming out on their own.”

Nam said it was “pretty obvious” police wanted Dorner dead. “What I saw was a complete disregard for the Bill of Rights,” Nam said.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, during a news conference Friday, defended the tactics used by his agency in the shootout at the mountain cabin, which left one of his deputies dead and another seriously wounded.

“The bottom line is the deputy sheriffs of this department, and the law enforcement officers from the surrounding area, did an outstanding job,” he said. “They ran into the line of fire.”

As the protesters stood Saturday, drivers passing by honked, waved and gave thumbs up. A handful of officers watched from police headquarters across the street.

Nam said he spoke to the officers before the protest began about what the protesters should do to keep the event peaceful. He said the officers were respectful.

The protesters marched around the block, circling an intersection near the department headquarters. They chanted, “LAPD, you are guilty.”

Signs expressed anger at police and support for Dorner.

“If you’re not enraged, you’re not paying attention,” one sign read.

“Why couldn’t we hear his side?”

“Clear his name! Christopher Dorner”

Liliana Alaniz, 40, came with her family -– her mother, sister, nieces and daughters -– from Long Beach to join the protest, which she said was her first.

“I really, really believe he was innocent in the firing case,” Alaniz said of Dorner.

Alaniz held a sign that read, “Trying to clear your name.”

Her daughter, Andrea Tovar, said Dorner “has his supporters.”

“Murder is never right, but neither is the law when it’s unjust,” said Tovar, 18. She said police need to know they “can’t get away with everything.”

11 comments

  • YLA

    I agree 100 % murder is not the rite answer, but he was never heard about his case, the LAPD now want us to think the he was a bad guy and they were the ones who make him that way!!! I am in support of him I know that the police now will make him the bad guy in keep us shot our mouth so we don't say anything. I want the police to really open his case in to give us answers in names so he can rest in peace!!! RIP MR DORNER ;(

    • jdec

      he was a bad guy. a good guy would never have done what he did.. so he is no better than those that wronged him . It's a shame it happend and now those people have to live with there guilt !!

  • Eastlyn

    I am a physician and has experienced the sting of racism. Taking of a life is wrong.However the injustice of an unjust firing can take an emotional toll on you, especially when the only true reason is the color of your skin.The Administrator who recruited me verbalized to me that my CMO Director was a racist but the Institution still spent countless dollars fighting me legally every step of the way.They had the money and the connections to cover up the injustice.This was a job and institution I gave a 110%to. My faith in God gave me the strength to overcome this injustice.Not everyone can overcome the injustice of racism, its about time we hold those responsible accountable or this will continue to destroy our society and its people.

  • Lee Deathcare Nelson

    As Chris asked in his manifesto, look at the reasons why I did what I did, not on how I did it. Killing is never right or just and that can never be forgiven but society must question itself on what could lead such an obviously good man to such horrific acts, Chris was dead long before his manifesto and long before the bullet or the fire.

  • Giles Jefferson

    After having the pleasure of witnessing first hand the strong racial injustice I have suffered at the hands of a justice system have totally side with Christopher Dorner from the stand point how the LAPD allegedly black balled him. I can hear his cries for justice. But the system failed by black listing Dorner. The system wants Americans to side with the information that they pump out to the national media. What about Christopher Dorners Complaint? Often times when black officers who work in the dogmatic system complain of racial inequities they become silenced. They become black balled. They become black listed. They become fired. They become hopeless. They become helpless. They become sad. They become restless. They want justice. They want equal treatment under the law. The problem is that the justice system does not have reliable safe guards in place to reach out to victims who complain. Often times, there complaints become worthless like a piece of paper which never become addressed. I fault your system for not giving this black police officer the equal chance of hearing him out. The majority of justice systems are controlled by racist ideology thinkers really can care less with the cries for help from someone who has been wronged. I feel for Dorner and I feel for the families who have become the victims of the racist badge of honor. The reason I profoundly take on a strong mind set is because I hear the cries of the innocent victims who been railroaded throughout America crying and saying who can I turn to for help. LAPD finally gets a dose of it's own medicine that they have dissed out for years and years. Why should I have compassion for your pain when your system does not care about the pain and sorrow of the victims you have brutalized over the years. I will never show any compassion for your loss. I pray that your families suffer like the black families you have terrorized throughout the years.

  • guest

    This has been happening for centuries in our country, look at history, it is always the black, latino, or other than caucasian that will always be the one that loses, and if he dare cries he will be punished for it.

  • Mike

    I was also a whistle blower in L.A. County at one time. The corrupt politics of this area are actually limited to a hand full of men who actually pull the strings there. Of course they aren't the actual politicians but the financial movers and shakers of those closed circles in the republican party. Fixed elections, conflict of interest, real estate fraud, cocaine trafficking, etc. Some of them use the trusted positions of public office to perpetuate these crimes while the uninformed public misplaces their trust in them and have failed to question much of what they see. Sony Bono crossed the line when he decided to make a stance against Cocaine while in office. Most of you know the rumors.

    Whistle Blowers being fired for coming forward has not to my knowledge yet been challenged to its limits in Courts of California. Supposedly…a whistle blower is protected from losing his job when he reports an alleged crime. Of course Dorner was fired. Actually any whistle blower I've met fell under the same circumstances as Dorner including myself (No matter what branch of government). The number of crimes committed by officials to keep me quiet was astounding. Whistle Blowers don't have rights in California, so the lesson to the story is keep your mouth shut and find another way.

    Sometime during my prime I watched America fall asleep. And we all wonder why the country is in so much financial and moral trouble.

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