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Video: Man Testifies Officer Kicked Him In Face During Hearing That Ended Christopher Dorner's LAPD Career

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Videotape from the case that ended Christopher Dorner's career at the LAPD has surfaced.

In this video obtained by Fox 11, a man Christopher Gettler testifies that a female police officer kicked him once in the face outside of a DoubleTree Hotel in July 2007.

Dorner had been riding along with his training officer Sgt. Teresa Evans. They got a call that Gettler refused to leave and was sitting on a bench outside the hotel lobby. At the time, he had a "glazed look in his eyes," according to court documents obtained by CNN. When Evans and Dorner tried to take him into custody, he refused to comply and then took a swing at them. Evans pulled out her taser and warned the man to stop. She shocked him, and he submitted. This is what everyone agrees happened.

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But Dorner made a complaint months later that Evans also kicked Gettler that night. The LAPD Board of Rights reviewed that case. Gettler's testimony was not considered, because he suffers from schizophrenia and dementia and the board ruled that it affected his ability to give accurate testimony.

MyFoxLA writes, "While court documents suggest that, Gettler was too inarticulate and un-credible this video allows you to judge for yourself."

The Board of Review viewed it as a "he said, she said" case, and it was Dorner's word against his training officers. The board viewed his claims with suspicion since he waited months and reported it the day after he received a poor work evaluation. The report cost Dorner his job.

The way that this shook out figures heavily in Dorner's lengthy "manifesto" explaining why he was going on a rampage targeting law enforcement:

"You fuckers knew Evans was guilty of kicking (excessive force) Gettler and you did nothing but get rid of what you saw as the problem, the whistleblower. Gettler himself stated on video tape ( provided for the BOR and in transcripts) he was kicked and even his father stated that his son said he was kicked by Evans when he was released from custody. The video was played for the entire BOR to hear."

The man asking Gettler the questions is Randy Quan, who was the appointed advocate and lawyer for Dorner. He is also now the father of murder victim Monica Quan, who was gunned down Sunday night along with her fiancé. Dorner is suspected in the murders.Related:
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