Do any of you recall some kid named Malcolm something trying to take a plane to Iran and getting arrested? Mary J. Blige was playing his grandmother in a TV movie of some kind, and all this was upstaged by a brother going on a shooting spree. LAPD officers can’t stop being dumb cops even while trying to find someone who is targeting them. That in itself is a testament to how deeply corrupt they are. Sadly, it took two women getting shot - two women delivering some newspapers. Black, white, and red all over.
Before the siege on Christopher Dorner, many of you probably missed that the LAPD Chief of Police immediately admitted publicly that the shooting of the newspapers ladies was probably a case of mistaken identity. No sign of a cover up or overly-officious speeches about "waiting for all the facts to come in."
Of course, "waiting for all the facts to come in" actually means "waiting for us to get all our lies together". Several questions arose in the aftermath of the hunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner; Does this on any level mean there will be changes for the better regarding the racist policies of the LAPD and ultimately the police agencies around the country? Do we need 500 more Officer Dorners? Did most of Dorner’s targets have it coming? Dorner is really the black man that white grandfathers warned their children about, who rarely ever existed but whites know deep down inside should have. There used to be an old saying, "Blondes have more fun." White American police officers have always had more fun than blondes; but they can’t put that kind of thing in an ad.
Consider that most white police officers don’t like sensitivity or cultural training - no fun. Consent Decrees - no fun. Videotaped footage of them manifesting their bad attitudes - no fun. Town hall meetings regarding them - no fun. Having to arrest white criminals - no fun. In fact, some white officers will openly admit this to you once you buy them a couple rounds at happy hour.
Other than drinking, what else do a large segment of white cops like? The three B’s; bullets, brass knuckles, and batons. One more thing they do NOT like: considering black cops their fellow officers. This dark frat-like brotherhood has little or no tolerance for the darkest of those wearing their dark para-military uniforms.
This of course brings us back to Christopher Dorner. Not a "Django" as some journalists and social network bloggers have tagged him. Django was a former slave, but never ever a fellow slave-owner. Compare him instead to Raoul Silva, the crazed villain from the recent James Bond movie, Skyfall. Like Silva, Dorner was once one of them, returning to attack his own.
White Americans in general live in a world created for them by the laws of their ancestors, not to mention policies both written and unwritten. White law enforcement officers and officials have been the biggest beneficiaries of those laws and policies. In this world they created, the law that states their job description; "To Protect and Serve," has been trumped by their policy of "whomever naturally reacts to our treachery will be construed as evil and therefore scorned." That’s an awful lot of power.
Dorner served in one of the nation’s most infamous precincts. Even after having undergone reform, bad seeds were manifesting themselves among left-over and new officers on his beat. Dorner wouldn’t even allow them to say the N-word in general conversation between each other if within his earshot. Police and their reporters are having a hard time trying to lump Dorner in with Colin Ferguson or John Muhammad, much more so someone along the lines of an Adam Lanza. Too many fingers black and white pointing back at them.
Dorner served in a department far more racist than the US Military. He dared to intervene when white female officer Teresa Evans - now a Sgt. - repeatedly kicked a mentally-ill suspect. White female officers piggybacked off the same affirmative action laws that black civil rights leaders pushed into being. In spite of her record of bad behavior, it was Dorner who was fired.
There are a lot of whites around the country who simply can’t figure out - or pretend they can’t figure out - why a lot of blacks aren’t pulling out they’re crying towels over Dorner’s victims. That’s is how far gone they are from ever understanding us. Today Christopher Dorner is a murderer, yesterday he was a real cop, an honest cop. We shouldn’t have to live in a world where the words "honest cop" go together as if it’s a term that’s the exception to the rule. This is a man who once turned in $8,000 of church money to the police. That’s free shakedown money, free bribe money from the standpoint of the LAPD. For a church pastor it’s down payment on a new Cadillac. As of now, they wish he had turned in his bullets.
Dorner gave us the unthinkable; a first time glimpse of a black man profiling some bad police officers and even their families. Lives will be forever changed by his action.
His manifesto and hunting down his former fellow officers like "niggers" was planned from way back. Call this the Hate that Hate Produced part II, charging him with murder and attempted murder before he is arrested is more in line with their natural thought process. Reportedly several officers and their families were sequestered in their homes. Odd behavior for a bunch of guys normally flocking to crime scenes and over-zealous suspect pursuits. 50 more Christopher Dorners among the nation’s police forces could change policy, 500 more could outright turn it upside down.
During and after the Dorner ordeal, several more black LA-area law enforcement officers have stepped forward to acknowledge that they know full-well what Dorner went through. Hindsight is 187/187. All big city black police officers need to form a coalition in their respective cities so they can collectively combat racism, and welcome-in, brief and support newly-hired young black officers. There is a history of this being done, and quite effectively.
Theodore (Ted) Kirkland had a book published last year that details much of the things that Dorner outlines in his manifesto. The precincts Kirkland worked were some 3,000 miles away from Los Angeles, in Buffalo, NY, but his book, "Spirit and Soul: Odyssey of a Black Man in America" should be required reading for police academies nationwide and mandated as a study-guide for aspiring officers both white and black. "Spirit and Soul" was on my mind throughout this whole Dorner affair. Kirkland feels Buffalo police are more racist than the military, and he has served with both.
This was just the tip of the iceberg in early ‘60s Buffalo police academy training: "Racism was also taught at the academy. It was built into the training material, lectures, and the manner in which material was presented to the trainees. On the pistol range, black silhouette targets were used... Taggert [the only other black man in his academy training] and I were often talked down to or not spoken to at all, as if invisible. Racism was blatantly shown in the training films, slides, old criminal case materials, and newspaper clippings that was used to resource material. This material disproportionately portrayed blacks as the more likely to commit the more horrific crimes. Through visuals and the other materials, the trainees were brainwashed into seeing Blacks as the enemy, the pariahs of the criminal element, and the most perilous people they would confront as police officers."
As I stated earlier, several African American officers have come forward and disclosed to the media that they understand what Dorner went through because they themselves went through it. Each of theses black officers went through Dorner-like ordeals, and each situation could have been much better for each of them if the black officers would just close ranks among themselves, and organize.
To the white right, and many on the left and their pundits in the main stream media, as usual all they want is detachment; forget or forgive the LAPD’s corruption and just focus on Dorner’s reactions as if it were full-blown. To adhere to their wishes would be unfair and unbalanced.