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Waiting for Dorner

When the names of your colleagues at the LAPD are on the manifesto of a double-murder suspect still at large.

by
Jack Dunphy

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February 19, 2013 - 12:09 am

Then you learn that the guy you’re looking for is driving a gray Nissan Titan pickup truck, which you Google on your cell phone so you know what the damn thing looks like, and the truth is that it looks pretty much like a lot of pickup trucks.  And later on you learn that the guy shot at two LAPD cops out in Corona, which is even farther from L.A. than where you are.  Those cops were out there doing the same thing you’re doing, which is guarding someone on the killer’s list.    And you’re happy when you hear that even though their black-and-white got thrashed with rifle rounds, the cops themselves weren’t badly hurt.

But then a little later you learn that out in Riverside, which is near Corona, two cops were ambushed while sitting at a traffic light, and one of those cops was killed and the other one may not make it either.  And they tell you they don’t know where the killer went.  And now, if you weren’t nervous before, you are now.  And you check your guns and your ammunition and you go back over your plan for the fifth or sixth or tenth time with the rest of your team.

Then you hear that the killer may have been seen near the airport, which is pretty far from where you are, but then it’s pretty far from Riverside, too, and at that time of the early morning there’s nowhere in Southern California you can’t get to pretty quickly by freeway.

And then comes the “officer-needs-help” call from some Hollywood Division cops who are guarding someone in Torrance.  A pickup truck was coming down the street with its lights off, right toward the house being guarded.  And you think, great, maybe they got him, maybe we can all go home now.  But then, terrible news: they shot up two women delivering newspapers.  And you think, thank God it was them and not me, because you’ve had your front sight on quite a few cars since this whole thing started.

When you go home, you tell your wife what’s been going on, and she asks you lots of questions that you can’t answer because, well, how can you explain all of this?  And you tell her not to worry because you’re not on the killer’s list and as far as you know you’ve never even seen the guy.  And she says she’s not worried and you say you’re not worried, but you know she is and she knows you are.  And a little later you’re sitting alone in your kitchen when a shadow comes across a window, and you think, what the hell was that?  Then you realize it was just the wind blowing a tree branch, but you don’t tell your wife how scared you just were until she tells you that while you were at work the dog started barking at something or someone out in the yard, and she thought she might have heard the side gate to the house opening but when she looked out the window there was no one there.  But what was the dog barking at?

The next day you go back to work and your protection detail, and you hear they’ve found the killer’s truck up near Big Bear — which is a long way from where you are — and they’re searching for him now, so far without success.  And you think, why would he set his truck on fire if he didn’t want to draw attention to it?  So you think he had another car stashed up in the mountains, and he’s still out there on the loose but now no one knows what he’s driving, so from now on every car that comes down the street is a potential threat.  And by now all of the neighbors know why you’re there, and some of them stop and talk to you and tell you that you can use their bathroom if you need to, and some of them even bring you food, which makes you feel a little guilty, because last night you had a gun pointed at their car when they came down the street and pulled into their driveway.  But you don’t tell them about that.

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Here's what I get out of this.
Police officers, threatened by a maniac, will be (rightfully) paranoid and do whatever it takes to bring the criminal in, or kill him. The feeling of vulnerability, that this time, they are the targets, is awesome indeed.
Then, the next day, when a woman tells them her deranged ex-boyfriend is threatening to kill her, it will be business as usual.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
It's not completely fair to say that. When I was 9 years old a cop drove me to the hospital. He came out to the little town i was in at an enormous rate of speed and went to the hospital at an enormous rate of speed. And I am fine with all my body parts attached (more or less) and function these many years later.
1 year ago
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The idea of murdering someones daughter and calling up the dad to talk about it makes me sick.

Why do the eviiest deeds seem to come from the biggest dumb-fcks?.

1 year ago
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Dorner called for banning assault weapons and silencers. Yet he owned and used both, and more. Typical hypocritical left-wing position. "Nobody should get to own guns but me, because my life is more valuable than yours."

So where is the table full of captured weapons police chiefs across the nation love to display when they nab a perp?

The only way I knew Dorner had a silenced weapon was when a citizen found one overlooked by the cops in the snow at Big Bear and reported it toTV news crews.

There seems to be two sets of laws: one for cops and ex-cops, and one for citizens. Cops and Feds get to be armed to the teeth with weapons the rest of us can't own. To defend themselves, Citizens are instructed to vomit on the assailant's shoes and run away as fast as possible.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Thank goodness Dorner was stopped pretty quickly!
1 year ago
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I feel for the cops in that situation. It's tough being the target of a terrorist.

But there's a bigger and very important nationwide issue that should have been addressed: cops attacking innocent civilians.

It happens all too frequently, as it did *twice* in this case. Usually, it's when police storm a house, suddenly and without warning, armed with automatic weapons and protected with armor and helmets. Most of these events are simply not necessary. They aren't doing it to protect anyone - they're doing it to grab a drug dealer or someone else with contraband. And that's no reason to put the public at risk.

There are times when the cops need the heavy armament and protection. But these days, too often, they use it when they don't. They look more like the SS than our protectors.

The ethos has changed. Cops used to trained to protect civilians. Today that training is diluted by an emphasis on protecting the police. Add to that the no-knock raids - which may result in more convictions, but place civilians in a lot of danger - and you have a problem. No-knock raids are a new phenomenon - started in the '70s as part of the drug war. But they are used more and more. The result: our police departments are militarizing.

If someone storms into your house, you have to ask: is it a home invader whom I should shoot, or cops with the wrong address who will shoot me 71 times (Tucson, AZ) when they see me armed.

We pay our soldiers a lot less than we pay cops, and those soldiers are expected to take a lot of fire, and run a high risk of injury or death. We should expect our cops to be willing to take the same risks - it should be *their* lives, not ours, that are at risk in their actions.

Tough? Well, they can choose a different career. But if police are there to protect and serve, they can start the protection by not shooting innocents, not storming innocent houses and killing pets and terrorizing the residents. How do they expect to have our trust when they behave this way.

I wish Mr. Dunphy would recognize how bad the police are starting to look - to law-and-order people like myself, not just cry-baby liberals - and I wish he would address that issue. Not going there in this narrative, where there were two instances of cops attacking innocent civilians, is an example of how the police have grown apart from whom they are supposed to protect, and have lost necessary sensitivity to the impact they have, and the way the community feels.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
No mention that the police who shot civilians should be brought up on charges? Sorry but if a civilian did this they would be held accountable.
1 year ago
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1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
So when is someone going to address the elephant in the room. I'm referring to the tortured logic of the LAPD discipline system where Officers are required to report suspected misconduct but, as the Dorner case proves, do so at the risk of their jobs. That kind of Catch 22 needs to be eliminated.
1 year ago
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I hate LA. One day scientists will discover there is some manic radiation that deranges everybody who moves here.
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