If you find Chris Dorner and are brave enough to take him down, there is money in it for you. How much money, we don’t know. But authorities are getting desperate to catch the man that some have referred to as the Black Rambo. The reward announcement comes as local and federal authorities search Big Bear Mountain in California in their efforts to find the suspect.
Dorner is wanted for the murder of three people and the wounding of two others. The attacks were in response to what Dorner felt to be disparate and racist treatment toward himself and other citizens during his time with the Los Angeles Police Department. In a detailed manifesto, Dorner calls for the public to investigate his claims to determine if he is telling the truth.
So far, Rev. Jesse Jackson and actor Charlie Sheen have called for Dorner to reach out to them to negotiate his surrender. A news conference has been scheduled which will include law enforcement officials in both Los Angeles and Riverside, California. Additionally, officials from the FBI and US Marshal’s office will be in attendance as well.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck admitted that the department is going to reopen the investigation into why Dorner was fired. He says that the move is not for the appeasement of Dorner, but instead for the public to be convinced that the LAPD is “clear and transparent.” The LAPD has a very bad national reputation stemming from the Rodney King verdict, the OJ Simpson Trial and even from evidence showing that two LAPD officers may have been linked to the murder of the rapper Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.).
Even worse for the LAPD is an incident this week, when a 71-year old woman had her truck riddled with bullets because officers thought Dorner was inside. Some wonder if the woman was even given a chance to surrender and whether officers are seeking to end Dorner’s life before he is able to talk.
“I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD’s past and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner’s allegations of racism within the department,” Beck said in a prepared statement. “…Therefore, I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination of employment.”