LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Pro Dorner protestors are urging an LAPD investigation this week. Pro Dorner protesters held a rally outside Los Angeles police headquarters this weekend. Since then the group has battled debate about their message.
The Pro-Dorner protestors admit to news that their message has drawn controversy. One group has set up a Facebook account of “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner” and another called “Fight Against Police Corruption”. “This is not … about supporting the killing of innocent people. It’s [about] supporting fighting back against corrupt cops and bringing to light what they do.” The group tells news that they are anti-Dorner as to his 2013 violence, but are pro-Dorner as to his legal fights with LAPD years earlier. They add “The reason … is plain and simple, to spread the word of police corruption and to give information on what you can do to help prevent it.”
When the news story was first reported by the LA Times Saturday, the comments sections to the TImes’ story showed the split among citizens. Many found it unsettling to use the words “pro” and “Dorner” in the same sentence. Others felt that the appropriate title for any such effort should be called simply “anti police corruption” and should not involve Dorner’s name. Claims about police corruption in Los Angeles have existed far before the events of 2013.
Giovanni Ramirez sued Chief Beck in 2012 violating his and 4th Amendment and 14th Amendment rights. He was wrongly accused by LAPD in the beating of Bryan Stow. In January 2013, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess dismissed the lawsuit claiming that no violation of due process exists since Ramirez was never charged.
Protestors’ signs Saturday read “RIP Habeas Corpus.” One protestor told the LA Times that he took issue with the way the Dorner matter ended this week. Michael Nam told the Times “How the police handled this -– they were the judge, the jury and the executioner,” Nam said. “As an American citizen, you have the right to a trial and due process by law.” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon has defended the killing of Dorner. “The bottom line is the deputy sheriffs of this department, and the law enforcement officers from the surrounding area, did an outstanding job. They ran into the line of fire.”