Southern California law enforcement is on high alert tonight as one of its own has turned the tables on police and declared in a chilling manifesto, "You will now live the life of the prey . . . You have misjudged a sleeping giant."
Those are the alleged words of 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department (LADP) officer and U.S Navy veteran who is, according to police, the primary suspect in the case of two people found murdered in upscale Irvine on Sunday.
Dorner must have actually thought the LAPD was an organization that gives a hoot about ethics and honest accountability instead of being a fraternity of like-minded individuals whose ultimate commitment is a rigid code of silence to protect one another.
According to the manifesto, Dorner, a resident of La Palma, is openly declaring war on the department for wrecking his career and operating as a corrupt institution.
If the manifesto is right, LAPD's Randy Quan (now retired) knowingly protected violent, unethical officers and discredited Dorner who'd been honest.
Quan's daughter, 28-year-old Monica, is one of the Irvine victims.
"I lost everything because the LAPD took my name and knew I was INNOCENT," the manifesto reads. "I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered and libeled me. Luckily I don't have to live everyday like most of you–concerned if the misconduct you were apart of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the captain's office–wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported [it]."
The manifesto promises revenge.
"Self preservation is no longer important to me," the document reads. "I do not fear death as I died long ago . . . This department has not changed from the Daryl Gates and Mark Fuhrman days."
It continues, "You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I've been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordinance and survival training I've been given . . . I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniforms whether on or off duty . . . This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your ops plans. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional and unforgiving . . . I am the walking exigent circumstance you created."
Can a onetime police insider exploit his knowledge of high-tech equipment and tactics and, if so, for how long?