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Social Media Cheers For Anti-Hero Christopher Dorner
On Monday morning, no one was rooting for whomever it was that killed an Irvine basketball coach and her fiancé. But by Thursday morning, things had changed. A lengthy, rambling but shockingly lucid "manifesto" surfaced explaining why the suspected killer and disgraced ex-LAPD cop was going on a killing rampage that has so far claimed three lives. Dorner claims that he was targeting a corrupt and bloodthirsty law enforcement agency—that he said hadn't improved since the days of the Rodney King Riots or the Rampart Scandal—earned him fans.
There are a couple of Facebook pages dedicated to Dorner, including We Are All Chris Dorner, which states: "Christopher John Dorner is the victim of a manhunt and smear campaign. 5 years ago he was fired from the LAPD for seeking to expose corruption within it..." There's the Christopher Dorner Appreciation Society, which posts pictures of police brutality and images from the Rodney King Riots in 1992. It says, "This man's life was ruined for fighting back against a racist culture. We here at C.D.A.S. will always remember his story."
Of course, those pages on Facebook only have a few hundred likes altogether. It's on Twitter that the people are really coming out in support of Dorner and what they see as his crusade against a corrupt, racist establishment.
If I was you..I would read Christopher Dorner Manifesto...it really tells what we already know bout LAPD!!— Don Da-Da (@1pur3_warrior) February 8, 2013
Is it wrong that I'm rooting for Christopher Dorner? I know the media is portraying him as a nut job but I feel like he's telling the truth— CHUCK (@charlesggibson) February 8, 2013
Rooting & praying for Christopher Jordan Dorner.— East$ide Cam DaddIE (@CockyAssCameron) February 8, 2013
I'll always respect fighting for what you believe in.
And then there's Dorner's cinematic appeal:
Christopher Dorner is like the black Rambo. He's taking out L.A.'s most dangerous gang....— Ella Septima-Hamer (@Jbrous14) February 8, 2013
Of course, not all of the people who admire the manifesto are untroubled by his actions:
The LAPD's bumbling and tragic response to the killing didn't earn them much respect either: officers mistakenly shot two newspaper delivery women in their haste to find Dorner.
Of course, obviously not everyone is on #TeamDorner. There's a Facebook group called "Christopher Jordan Dorner should be hunted down and killed." And there's another group that calls him a crooked cop who "NEVER WORE THE BADGE WITH HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT..."In our own comment sections, he's been called everything from a "left wing nutball" to an "angry man who has been pushed beyond his limits." And there's plenty of discussion in the middle, like one commenter who said, "Every reporter in L.A. should be looking to investigate this person's claims but he had no justification to kill those people no matter how angry."
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