Eyewitness to LAPD corruption, Dorner, killed Waco-style: due process
Police may have violated due process protections in burning to death Christopher Dorner, ex-LAPD whistleblower turned alleged assassin. Shortly after police told media to pull news choppers away from the scene for safety reasons, the police began a systematic process of torching the cabin. Dorner’s charred remains were reportedly found in the burnt out cabin. But the media was able to pierce the police dragnet’s veil of silence and piece together what happened.
Police scanner activity emerged Wednesday revealing that an officer ordered colleagues to “burn it [the cabin] down.” “We’re gonna go forward with the plan, with the burn,” another voice exclaimed, reports the Telegraph and Mercury News.
The term “burners” refers to incendiary tear gas canisters, the kind which was used to flash burn down a Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993. The Waco siege resulted in the senseless burning deaths of seventy-six men, women and children, including sect leader David Koresh. As in the Waco siege, the police penetrated the walls of the cabin Dorner was in — to evenly distribute the gas — before igniting a incendiary burners to spread the ensuing fire.
A local television station also broadcast what appeared to be an officer at the scene saying: “We’re going to burn him out,” and “Burn that ****** house down!”
Former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes told CNN: “It’s clear there will have to be some further explanation.” Mr. Fuentes said officers might have set fire to one corner of the building in an attempt to force Dorner out the other side.
While the police and media have repeatedly and definitively announced Dorner’s guilt in murdering four people, he is legally presumed innocent until proven guilty. But with his assassination, if in fact he is dead, no one but the police and Dorner will know the truth. Justice has not been served, and everyone loses.
The public has lost an eyewitness to alleged police corruption with Christopher Dorner’ death. Now, the LAPD is the sole voice dictating the narrative regarding their alleged corruption and Dorner’s alleged murder spree.
The LAPD has lost an opportunity to appear transparent and to clear their name. If they are in fact innocent of Dorner’s allegations of widespread racism and LAPD corruption, they should have welcomed the chance to clear their reputation in a court of law as well as in the court of public opinion.
The LAPD should have welcomed the chance to arrest Dorner, have a jury find him guilty, and send him to a maximum-security prison. Their Waco-styled assassination of Dorner, even if it was in fact suicide by cop, does absolutely nothing to assuage the public’s fear that the LAPD has become a gang of blood-hungry Stasis officers working for a rogue totalitarian regime.
Former LAPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, in an interview with Chris Matthews about Dorner, only affirms the public’s suspicions that the LAPD are Stasi. Self-serving, he diverts attention from LAPD conduct to Dorner’s mental health, focusing instead on whether Dorner was mentally unstable before becoming a cop or became unstable while on duty and in the military. Of course, we will never know Dorner’s mental health because he was killed before he could be questioned.
Dorner was entitled to due process, a hearing in a court of law and a trial by jury before his life was taken, but he got none. Meanwhile, the LAPD’s civil liberties violations in the Dorner takedown will go unquestioned by big media.
The threatened use of drones to capture Dorner will go unquestioned.
Bratton will go on to collect a $300,000 payday as a consultant for London and Oakland, where he will train cops to terrorize citizens like the LAPD does, and his leadership credentials will go unquestioned.
And the public will go on wondering whether we are slipping further into a Stasi police state.