Before His Deadly Rampage, Dorner Reportedly Stalked LAPD Chief Beck's Dad And Dog
It's been nearly two years since Christopher Dorner went on a murderous rampage, killing four people in SoCal and leading officers on a wild manhunt before fatally shooting himself in Big Bear Cabin. In a new interview, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck revealed that his father was among the many Dorner planned to kill.
Detectives told Beck that Dorner had been stalking his father George Beck, a retired LAPD Deputy Chief who was 88 at the time, Beck told NBC News. Dorner apparently knew the layout of his father's home and had plans to also kill his father's dog in order to get to the senior Beck. Detectives discovered this in Dorner's written notes that weren't included in his online manifesto that detailed who he was planning to kill and why.
"All of us who put on the uniform … we know that we are at risk," Beck said. "But all of us expect our families to be to be safe. One of the reasons we do this is to keep our families safe. I think that was the horror of what Dorner was capable of."
This information comes just as the LAPD is planning to release an internal report on how to be more transparent in the way they handle disciplinary cases. Dorner, a disgruntled, ex-LAPD officer, went on a ten-day shooting spree starting on Feb. 4, 2013 in retaliation for his firing after a hearing four years earlier. In his manifesto, Dorner said that he was unjustly fired after he told the truth to his superiors about his training officer using excessive force during an arrest. He was accused of lying and was fired for that. Dorner also felt racism played a factor in the decision because he was black.
"Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over," he wrote in his manifesto. "Suppressing the truth will [lead] to deadly consequences for you and your family."
In a new report, the LAPD surveyed focus groups of 500 of their employees in order to review their internal disciplinary system, the L.A. Times reported. They found that the that many of the interviewees believed that the agency practiced unfair investigations and that the LAPD discriminated on a number of factors: race, gender, and rank. They believed nepotism played a role as well in the way they handled disciplinary processes.
The Times reported that according to the LAPD's statistics in the report, "the ethnic, gender and rank breakdown of officers sent to disciplinary panels for suspensions or termination roughly matches the demographics of the LAPD as a whole."
LAPD officials said they plan on using guidelines that spell out how to punish officers in different scenarios so that they are more consistent across the board.