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Married LAPD Couple Targeted By Dorner Speak Out About Their Ordeal
Captain Phil Tingirides and his wife, Sergeant Emada Tingirides, were two of the many Los Angeles Police Department personnel called out by Christopher Jordan Dorner in his online manifesto. The married couple were under LAPD police protective detail during the tense manhunt for the ex-cop on a mission to use violence to draw attention to his termination from the force.
Today, the husband and wife spoke to the media about their ordeal, and how being targeted by Dorner affected their lives, and the lives of their six children, whose ages range from 10 to 24 years old, according to CBS2.
Cpt. Tingirides said the focus was on "being strong" for the kids in their blended family, and, as Sgt. Tingirides noted, doing what they could to create normalcy for their lives.
"We found that [the experience] brought our family closer together," remarked Cpt. Tingirides.
Cpt. Tingirides marked 33 years on the LAPD this month, according to the OC Register, who spoke with him earlier in the manhunt, when Tingirides, his wife, and kids were confined to their Orange County home. The Captain was a high-level target because he "chaired the three-member 'board of rights' that stripped officer Christopher Dorner of Badge No. 19958."
The LAPD terminated Dorner in 2008, after he accused his training officer of kicking a suspect during handcuffing; an investigation disproved Dorner's allegations, as well as an accusation that same training officer urinated on Dorner's jacket back at the station. The board of rights upheld Dorner's firing.
"Your day has come," wrote Dorner in his manifesto, meaning Tingirides and all those affiliated with his termination.
Dorner also wrote about racism among the ranks of the LAPD, however today Cpt. Tingirides says he was upset to read the accusations the force was still in a "Rodney King era" of policing, and remarked at how far the LAPD has come in improving race and community relations. Sgt. Tingirides says she has been the victim of racism while on duty policing the community, but that there is no racism within the force.
The Tingirides spoke today following Chief Charlie Beck, who offered insight on the re-opening of the investigation into Dorner's dismissal and the distribution of the large reward for Dorner's capture.