- Posted February 10, 2013 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
LAPD Chief should fire Sgt. Teresa Evans to help restore credibility in the LAPD
Christopher Dorner, the man now being sought in the murder of former police officers, was dismissed from the LAPD when he testified against Sgt. Teresa Evans in 2007. Dorner said she kicked "a severely mentally ill man in the chest and left cheek while handcuffing him during an arrest." (Seattle pi)
Fellow police officers were brought in to testify against Sgt. Evans, but in typical LAPD fashion, they denied that attack ever happened. The disabled man testified that indeed he had been kicked and had marks on his face confirming such acts. However, the board overhearing the case simply dismissed it as "scratches from the bushes" during his arrest.
For this, Dorner was terminated and stripped of his LAPD badge. "I had broken their supposed 'Blue Line.' " Dorner said.
Unfortunately, Police Chief Charlie Beck is another one of the "good old boys" that the police department suffers from. When William Bratton was chief, he had much better control of the department and worked hard to restore the LAPD's image. But unfortunately, the department has been left in the hands of people who still think its "ok" to take the word of a fellow police officer, instead of its citizens. Same citizens who are paying the salaries of police officers through their taxes.
It was announced yesterday that allegations into the "unjust" firing of former LAPD cop, Christopher Dorner, would be reopened. Chief Beck stated, "I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do."
Are we seriously to believe that Chief Beck would take the time to reopen this case? Or that he will "hear Dorner out"... Really? Even Dorner is not that naive. Most citizens highly doubt it and with good reason. It is no secret that there is a "code of silence" within the police department. It is also no secret that anyone crossing such line gets demoted, fired or ends up being dead.
Former LAPD officer Dorner is now being sought on "Domestic Terrorism" charges for allegedly killing a Riverside police officer and the daughter of retired police captain, Randal Quan, who had represented (some believe he misrepresented) him in the disciplinary proceedings against Sgt. Evans, that led to his firing. After Quan left the force, he became a lawyer, yet never fully severed ties he had with the police department.
"Dorner wrote in his manifesto that he believed the retired captain had represented the interests of the department over his." (Fox News)
Now the LAPD has placed a $1 million dollar bounty on his head for the elevated "domestic terrorism" charges in which they consider law enforcement to be above average citizens. Had he killed someone not related to law enforcement, "domestic terrrorism" charges would not be one of the charges he would be facing. It would be considered a "homicide".
Tips have been pouring into the LAPD hotline in the hopes of obtaining the $1 million dollar reward which frankly most people doubt they'll pay out. In the past, those who have asked for their reward money when they've helped law enforcement solve crimes or provided leads that led to the capture of a suspect, only received a portion of what was promised -- if anything at all. The City of L.A. has managed to skirt paying out reward money to individuals before and not just because the city happens to be bankrupt.
He also sent a package to CNN's Anderson Cooper, praising him and fellow CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer for their excellent journalism skills and said they were the last of the Walter Cronkite's in journalism. Dorner added another note for Anderson Cooper that simply said "I never lied" referring to his accusations against Sgt. Teresa Evans.
While we all agree that Christopher Dorner must pay for the crimes he has now committed, the LAPD should also do the right thing and fire Sgt. Teresa Evans to restore some of the public's confidence in the department.
You can read more about the LAPD's criminal past that still haunts the department, here.