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Rampart Scandal Cited in 'Manifesto' of Ex-LAPD Officer

Christopher Jordan Dorner, the target of a regional manhunt, wrote that the culture of the Los Angeles Police Department has not changed after the anti-corruption actions against the Rampart Division in the late 1990s.

As the manhunt continued for Christopher Jordan Dorner Thursday afternoon, the media and others were digesting the alleged killer's "manifesto."

Dorner became the target of a regional manhunt after he allegedly killed three and injured a fourth in two seemingly retaliatory shootings over the last few days.

Published to the Internet on Feb. 4, soon after the former LAPD officer killed two people in Irvine, the rambling document criticizes dozens of institutions and individuals--and invokes the Rampart Division corruption scandal of the late 1990s.

Dorner writes:

I know I will be villified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.

Dorner does not name any individuals currently affiliated with the Rampart Division, though Dorner does allude to several involved in the MacArthur Park May Day scuffle and the Rodney King incidents.

Much of the document points fingers at individuals from Dorner's troubled time at the LAPD's Harbor and Southwest Divisions, including the court case around his dismissal for making false statements about his LAPD training officer.

Over at the Rampart headquarters on Sixth Street in Westlake, just a single police car was stationed at the entrance early Thursday afternoon.

LAPD divisions and other possible sites of retaliation had been on alert since the early morning, when it was learned that Dorner had killed a Riverside police and injured a second person near Corona.

All the entrances to the LAPD Police Academy in Elysian Park were blocked by armed guards and had been since 6 a.m.

The LAPD Northeast Division also remained on tactical alert and, according to Capt. Joseph Hiltner there, "“Everybody’s working in a partner configuration. We have ample resources and ready back-up out there.”

In a news conference downtown Thursday morning, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck asked Dorner to turn himself in because "nobody else needs to die."

Several celebrities mentioned in Dorner's manifesto, including KFI's Bill Handel, also created similar video messages published by TMZ.com, claiming "his side of the story would be covered."

Read the redacted version of Dorner's manifesto here.

Read the appellate court decision upholding Dorner's dismissal here.

Larry February 08, 2013 at 02:02 AM
It would be Great idea that if from now on that, you keep your one side opinion out of what your reporting on.
Anthea Raymond February 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Former LAPD Police Commission chair Connie Rice takes on the Rampart legacy in a recent Op-Ed: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0210-rice-dorner-lapd-20130209,0,3613525.story

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