Christopher Dorner: rotten but not forgotten

Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters yesterday in a show of support for Christopher Dorner and his claims of racism on the part of the LAPD. Among the signs the protesters carried were:

“If you’re not enraged, you’re not paying attention.”

“Why couldn’t we hear his side?”

“Clear his name! Christopher Dorner”

Support for the deranged killer wasn’t limited to the protesters. According to the Los Angeles Times, “as the protesters stood Saturday, drivers passing by honked, waved and gave thumbs up.”

Dorner was hardly unique in blaming his race for his misfortune; there’s an entire industry devoted to this. What was unique about Dorner’s claim of racism was its self-refuting nature. Through his deranged and murderous conduct, Dorner confirmed in spectacular fashion that he did not belong on LAPD. If yesterday’s protesters want to stick up for a victim of racism, they should find a better poster-child.

But Dorner’s deranged and murderous conduct is precisely what provides his appeal to some people. Marc Lamont Hill spoke the truth for once when he said that Dorner is “like a real-life superhero to many people.”

It’s often said that a common sense of right and wrong is one of the prerequisites for a nation. The pro-Dorner movement offers a hint that the U.S. one day will no longer satisfy what I had always assumed was a “gimme” criterion.

UPDATE: Some protesters express unhappiness with the fact that Dorner wasn’t captured, but instead (apparently) shot himself after the police caused the cabin he holed up in to catch fire. It would be interesting to know how many more law enforcement officers needed to die at Dorner’s hands before these protesters would be satisfied. On second thought, I don’t really want to know.


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