The findings of the reexamination of the firing of former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner are not expected out until later this month, but civil rights attorney Connie Rice told AP reporter, Tami Abdollah, that the report has deemed to the firing of Dorner to be justifiable.
Abdollah, who broke the story late Tuesday afternoon, writes that Rice said that the report found “no basis for allegations of racism and bias that Dorner made in a manifesto vowing revenge on his former colleagues and their families.”
Rice went on to reveal that, according to the report, Dorner had a record of “embellishing stories, misperceiving slights and making bogus complaints against his fellow officers” and was “nearly incomprehensible during the hearing over his firing.” It has been reported earlier, that Dorner made his report of brutality by his training officer belatedly and only after he learned that she was giving him a negative performance review.
While Rice was not part of the re-examination process, she was allowed to review the findings at length.
Here’s a clip from Abdollah’s article:
“The firing was justified and his allegations are completely unfounded,” said Rice, who spent two weeks reviewing the findings. “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.
Dorner is believed to have killed two law enforcement officers and the daughter and fiance of an LAPD officer (who had acted as his lawyer in the proceedings that led to his termination), before being cornered by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputies in a mountain cabin where, after a deadly firefight, he is reported to have shot and killed himself while the cabin burned around him.
While Dorner was on the run, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck ordered that the ex-cop’s case be reopened and re-examined. The leaked report is the result of that reexamination.
Representatives from LAPD media relations, who have gotten a zillion calls, say that as far as they know, it’s just in the process being reviewed by such persons as Chief Beck, and other higher-ups, so that the paint may not yet be dry on the thing, so to speak. But it’s clear that they aren’t 100 percent sure either.