Chris Dorner: American Hero Or Horror Story?
Americans everywhere are glued to their television screens watching the story of a man who has stolen the media spotlight. No, I’m not talking about President Obama’s or his State of The Union address. America’s attention has shifted to the life of another Black man. He too is someone who’s life choices have inspired some people while upsetting many others. His story is one that we have all become familiar with and just like Obama, this man has blood on his hands.
Chris Dorner is a former LAPD officer and ex-US Navy reservist. He joined the police force in 2005 and was let go in 2008 after being accused of filing a false report against a fellow officer. After trying unsuccessfully to appeal his termination, Dorner seems to have finally snapped. Writing a 14 paged manifesto posted on his Facebook account that vowsrevenge on “those who did him wrong”. Take a look at his manifesto below.
Since he published his manifesto, at least four people have died by his hands, the LAPD has launched one of its largest man hunts in history, and, as I write this, there are unconfirmed reports of his demise. There are a lot of people rooting for Chris and if you look at things from their point of view, it makes sense.
Here is a man that tried to live an honest life, give back to his community by working in the armed forces and police force only to be terminated from his job after reporting a fellow officer for a crime of brutality against a civilian. After spending years trying to appeal against a system that probably has it out for him, he was left with no other choice but to react. Dorner’s supporters interpret his story like this: they understand how much influence the “powers that be” can have on a situation, they are full time enemies of the status quo and they’re aware of how that power affects everyone else. They may see Dorner’s actions as over-the-top, but the bigger picture is his reasoning behind his actions and the folds that led up to these events. For this they are not wrong, but there is a strong likelihood that we are missing some huge chunks of what happened. None of us witnessed what led up to this saga so although his manifesto is available with just a single click, we may be more in the dark than we think.
Then there is the other side: the people who completely condemn Dorner’s behavior, detest his manifesto and think he deserves a bullet to his head. They may understand that he has grievances with his former employer but they find his behavior unacceptable. There is a line drawn between these two factions, they find faults in the opposing arguments but while this goes on, more people are dying, millions of dollars are being spent on this investigation, and no one has taken a look into the LAPD to see if maybe some of Christopher’s accusations were legitimate.
Here is what we absolutely know: Chris Dormer wrote a manifesto expressing several grievances, he said that people in the force would pay for their behavior, he expressed pain and frustration for the loss of family and loved ones over his ordeal, and through articles sprinkled across the internet and newspapers we know for sure that the LAPD is determined to track him down. Many of you are still glued to your TV’s to see if the police will announce his death. Not even a quarter of us are demanding to look into his complaints, and if things remain this way, Chris’s intentions will be lost. This is a man that has taken innocent lives, shot police officers trying to do their jobs, and has the nations attention, but he has it for all of the wrong reasons.
Many of us have felt cheated at one point, there are millions of people who are sitting at home without a job right now because they tried to do the “right” thing, but none of these people have taken the law into their own hands. They may be just as frustrated as Chris, some of them may have been in tougher situation than he was. But they haven’t made the decision he did. If this were a story of a man who was standing up to a force that he claims unfairly let him go I think I would be comfortable in cheering for him. But he crossed a line when he decided to involve the lives of others into his ordeal. The only thing guaranteed when this is all said and done is more blood shed, Chris may be dead after all of this; and the name that he fought so hard to redeem will become synonymous with murder. Therefore, he’s no American hero.
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