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Christopher Dorner Supporters Rally at LAPD Headquarters and on Facebook

February 17, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in US Government with 0 Comments

The deceased former Los Angeles police officer who allegedly murdered four people during a revenge killing spree drew dozens of supporters to a rally at LAPD headquarters on Saturday and tens of thousands of backers on a pair of Facebook page dedicated to exposing and combating police corruption and brutality.

The Los Angeles Times reports that dozens of Dorner supporters rallied at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown on Saturday, an event organized on Facebook. A Facebook page called “We Stand with Christopher Dorner” has received more than 27,500 ‘likes’ as of Sunday afternoon. Another Facebook page,  “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner,” has received more than 16,000 ‘likes.’

“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,” the “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner” page states. That sentiment was prevalent among the protesters who turned out at LAPD headquarters on Saturday.

“Murder is never right, but neither is the law when it’s unjust,” Andrea Tovar told the Times. Tovar, who attended the demonstration with her mother, grandmother, sister and cousins, added that police need to know that they “can’t get away with everything.”

Michael Nam, 30, carried a placard reading “R.I.P. HABEAS CORPUS” at the protest.

“How the police handled this, they were the judge, the jury and the executioner,” Nam, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, told the Times. “As an American citizen, you have the right to a trial and due process [of] law.

Dorner, who wrote a lengthy manifesto in which he claims he was unjustly terminated from the LAPD, allegedly killed four people in southern California before dying in a standoff with police. He allegedly murdered Monica Quan, the daughter of former LAPD Captain Randal Quan, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence on February 3. Dorner mentioned Capt. Quan in his manifesto as someone who was responsible for his wrongful termination. Dorner allegedly called Quan and mocked him about his daughter’s death.

Then, on February 7, Dorner allegedly gunned down Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain in an ambush, killing the married 34-year-old father of two young children.

After being hunted down by law enforcement officials at Big Bear Mountain on February 12, Dorner allegedly shot two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, killing 35-year-old Jeremiah MacKay, who was also married with two young children.

Shortly thereafter, Dorner was cornered in a cabin in the woods. Officers deployed tear gas canisters called “burners” due to their propensity to spark fires, and a blaze soon engulfed the cabin where Dorner was hiding. Officers were heard angrily shouting “burn this motherfucker” as the assault on the wooden cabin began. It was later determined that Dorner took his own life by shooting himself in the head. San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon denied that police intentionally caused the cabin fire.

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