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Marilyn4623@gmail.com March 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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What,no disgusting parade of cophaters today? Usually brother Dunphy's articles evoke a vomitus response to the vitriolic libels of the Rebellious; the wannabees who lack the courage, virtue and skills to become real police officers. The Bad Guy here got a racial pass. A white recruit would have been terminated. How sad that the PD once universally acknowledged as the best of the best has morphed into a Chicago PD lookalike!
The tools of destruction of this country were introduced by Lyndon Johnson (D) back in 1965; they are
1) Affirmative action where the inferior are selected over the superior;
2) Multiculturalism - where jihadists and illegal aliens are preferred over Americans;
3) Inclusiveness - same as 2);
4) Equal pay for unequal work;
5) Lower standards for women in combat;
6) Redefinition of marriage - pretty soon old ladies will be permitted to marry their poodles;
etc....
"Dr." Lamont Hill is
a) a racist;
b) intellectually a moron;
c) a bloviating gasbag; and
d) a typical product of the affirmative action boon-doggle.
What Marc Lamont Hill was speaking of was George Orwell's 'world of universal deceit'. In 1984 he wrote of the futility of a completely corrupt system: 'In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'Dorner had exhausted all options for justice. In the Gettler deposition (video) he seems genuine in his recollection of being kicked in the face by Teresa Evans. Corporations and administrations realize now that they no longer have any natural predators. Do you think Dorner's case would have been reopened had he not gone such a spree?
Mr Dunphy;

I have been a critic of the LAPD on these pages, and I appreciate your comments. I will not site my bona fides, other than was either member or chair of a significant QA committee of various names for 20 years.

I was surprised at how often the correct decision was made, even it it took months to evolve. Never-the-less mistakes were made, carriers were ruined and lives ended because of actions taken by this committee.

But we never lost-our-cool and had to hunt down and kill the poor SOB who got crosswise with our committee.

This was a human relations nightmare and the LAPD turned it into an event that made human governance more difficult. LAPD slipped from policing civil law into isolated episodes of martial law aimed at innocent civilians without braking stride and ended with a murderous conflagration broadcast on national news.

This is a serious accusation about excessive force, but it will merely be noted by the GS 19's and then suppressed.

Your message to the populous is this:

The LAPD will protect their own at all costs. If you are not one of us, beware. If you get in our way, God help you.
"The electronic media didnít cover itself in glory during the Christopher Dorner saga."


As opposed to, say, the LAPD..
Yes, we know that it is insane that these questions are being raised, given the murders committed by this man.

That said, the bigger issue seems to be that we have come to the point where there are no consequences when the outrageous happens. It seems that every other day things happen or a re said or done that a decade ago would have had grave consequences for the press, for the left, for Democrats, but now seemingly has no consequence at all.

Certainly, giving any credance to the ravings of murderous cop killer is something that would not have been done a short time ago. But things have changed, and changed rapidly. We have seemingly reached a tipping point, or some point anyway, where government, the left, Democrats, individuals do and say things that would previously been unthinkable. Why this is, I am not sure - it is likely that Democrats and their supporters in the media viewed the election and the present disasterous, ineffective, incompetent Republican leadership, and believe that they now have the Country, and can do and say what they wish. And they are using the old method of repeating unfounded assumptions as a way to reinforce conditioning ("of course the Republicans are racist"; "of course Obama is extremely popular"; of course the Republicans hater women") to drum certain conepts into the heads of the public.

In brief, Democrats have written off a substantial part of the electorate (do I have to spell out which part?), and no longer care what they think. The Democratic media has followed right along, doing and saying thigs that would previously been unthinkable. I am waiting for the day when CBS, NBC, ABC announce that they have abadoned their (phony) standards policies and are now doing opinion journalism. It would be a confirmation of what they have been doing for decades, would also be oddly refreshing.

There is only so much outrage you can feel, only so many times you can get angry. We all hope that those governed by the left/Democrats will rise up and reject the snake oil the Democrats are selling - we all think that any moron would understand that Democrats are only acting for their own benefit and are doing nothing but harm to the governed. However, I am telling you the bad news that it will never happen - if places like California, Detroit, Washington, Newark prove anything it is that no amount of failure and incoompetence, no level of corruption makes a damn bit of difference - especially when the media is right there telling the population over and over again that things aren't so bad, and the problems are not being caused by the Democrats but by someone or something else - the corrupt "system," and/or the Republicans.

And the Repubican leadership seem to be hell bent on committing political suicide, despite the efforts of the best on their side, which they see as more of an enemy that the Democrats.

Maybe the response to Dorner isn't a good example since Democrats have not publicy endorsed the questions this article discusses. But, am I the only person who is getting that feeling that things are starting to spin out of control? You have to go back to the Carter Administration to recall the last time the mood of the country was like it is today - but back then we were a very different country, and the world a very different place.

When Chief Beck announces the results of the Dorner reinvestigation, will he also explain this apparent departure from the LAPDís earlier standards?
he doesn't have to.
we all know about affirmative action
A claim of an accidental shooting while purportedly "cleaning" a firearm is almost always a falsehood. While technically possible, depending on a number of factors, it is pretty difficlut to discharge a firearm while cleaning it - especially for someone the least bit experienced with such weapons.
Charles C. Johnson February 25, 2013 at 2:03 AM
As a Los Angelino, nearly every day I say a prayer for the LAPD. Rest assured that the sane part of LA (what's left of it) has your back.

Now about that cell phone ticket you fellas gave me...
I fear we are creating a society like an army that doubles the number of privates, gets rid of all NCOs and is lead only by college educated officers. The officer class is just a different world, college, three ot seven years as an officer corporate career. If they get wounded, corporate health care insury seen as a badge of honour, slight limp etc. Unemployment three to seven years in the front as a private, unemployment and welfare, if they get an injury, slight limp seen as an insurance risk in manual work passed over for employment.

Less educated, but brave privates need some "ordinary people" corporals and sargents to both keep them in line and to be role models, a where you can go if you follow the rules. This is the problem, we need a middle class and it is disappearing.

The issue may come when the white privates from the rural areas with ever lower farm gate prices go the same way. When they refuse to work a long farm day and then a second job, for a buyer to offer less than feed costs on pork or chicken.
Left unsaid in this article is the fact that race now governs a great many human interactions in this country. Vide: 96% of blacks voted for Obama in 2008, and 93% in 2012. In at least these two scenarios, race trumped all.

Any inter-race transaction now may have at least two dimensions: The obvious (transparent) one and a hidden one. If a black is dissatisfied with the outcome of the transaction, and irrespective of the equities, he can always resort to cries of "racism"! And many do.

This dynamic bodes ill for our nation.
The tabloid media's bias and negative spinning on this story is to blame. Officers save lives all the time but you never read those stories. WHY? Dorner was a cold blooded killer yet the media still giving him publicity. Dorner was FIRED for a number of reasons not just his allegation. Many people aren't as ignorant as the media thinks and continue to support their officers. You can all thank Villaraigosa for wanting the 10,000 officers and demanding LAPD pass thru idiots like Dorner to get that number. Why isn't the media reporting that story???
Marc Lamont Hill would, I guess, have preferred that a man as unstable as Dorner be placed on the police force. Of course, he would be among the first to condem the police department if Dorner reacted inappropriately while serving as a uniformed police official.
The reason the Dorner man hunt stayed front-page was that LAPD went out of its way to create wack-job validations for several of Dorner's craziest assertions.

The worst of it happened on February 8th when a team of seven officers attacked two newspaper delivery gals, Margie Carranza, 47, and Emma Hernandez, 71.

Margie was driving down a residential street, tossing newspapers onto front lawns. Emma was doing the rubber bands and handing papers to Margie. The street has lights -- no mystery what's going on.

Six of the seven officers unloaded on their dark blue Toyota Sonoma with no warning and nothing to indicate a hint of probable cause. (Dorner had a light gray Nissan.)

Then evidence at the truck appeared to have been altered, based on photos taken near sunrise and then later. There's a grand tradition of evidence altering with LAPD -- if it's not a bloody glove, it's messing things up to prevent line-of-fire tracking.

"Us versus them" gets swapped in for the "Protect and serve" thingie.

Yeah, Dorner was a liar, mentally disordered, "evil" by whatever definition lets Jack Dunphy feel hot about himself. Also likely a paranoid.

Day after day LAPD officers gave credibility to Dorner's paranoid fantasies, at least a couple of which were supported in real time, encouraging conclusions that his fantasies had roots in factual reality.

Margie and Emma ??? They lived.

They were also not the only no-fault civilians that LAPD fired on with no good reason. "Street justice" is the phrase for it -- the authoritarian biases that drive LAPD management overflowed repeatedly to produce violent behavior against innocent civilians.

By the way Margie and Emma weren't the only truck drivers shot at that news cycle. Another truck was gunned at Flagler and Beryl, same evening.

Wrong model truck, wrong color. Of course. Lord knows what they would have done if they had found a gray Nissan in one of their unpublished no-drive zones

Of course the press jumped all over these aberrations. The victims weren't even Black. Imagine if LAPD had shot up a Natalee Holloway look-alike ??? Dunphy could have written himself a best seller, not a little blog post!
Brian Richard Allen February 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM
Dorner was evil. A term absent not only from Hillís own vocabulary but also from that of virtually everyone with whom Hill identifies and/or interacts ....

How refreshing to see the word, evil, given an airing.

And how presciently-chilling is the reminder that in the regular Yeller-Press/Tabloid-TV appearances of the likes of its manifestation called Marc Lamont "Hip-Hop" Hill, we are regularly exposed to evil's banality.
Brian Richard Allen February 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM
.... explain this apparent departure from the LAPDís earlier standards ...?

Sure:

"Affirmative Action."

Now ask me a real one.
"Opportunities for a better outcome......." Is outstanding and a superior phrase to describe a personnel action that could, and according to the evidence presented, SHOULD have been taken early on in the process to fire Dorner on probation without a Board of Rights.

"Flyr" - you hit it the subject matter before us right on the head! I profess my philosophy of hiring slowly and terminate a bit faster while on probation would have precluded Dorner's damage to the Department and especially the victims he killed/maimed/injured. The poor families I have seen personally was an avoidable tragedy.

Dorner is representative, regardless of his status as a protected class, of what one bad LAPD officer can do to irrepubly harm the public's confidence in a police department's ability and utter willingness "to Protect and to Serve"

Sad, because we, as well as the survivors, will ever have to endure the damage and the "political" ramnificstions that are sure to be inept and fail short to address the issue of not hiring the best applicants in accordance with Federal law, court rulings, state law, and in line with the EEO practices that clearly state hiring, pay grade advancements, and promotions should be based on merit.

"Free of discrimination" rings a bell.....does it not?
now, why can't the press/media inform we, the hungry public, about some of THESE details? Seems we have another crude allegory of the Trayvon Martin case..... once the press grab hold of it, they write the story. I like your proposal for LAPD chief to simply release the records of ths man's examination over his termination. Let the press have a field day looking for excuses to exonerate this man. This report sheds a whole new light on the entire situation, including the manhunt.
I think the author missed far stronger evidence that Dorner should not be a police officer, evidence offered by Dorner.

In his manifesto Dorner describes being in a van with a group of young recruits returning from foot patrol (probably training) on the streets of Hollywood. According to Dorner two officers in the back of the van made a couple of comments using the "n " word and then refused to apologize or cease using it after Dorner complained. At that point Dorner launched himself over the front and middle seats and grabbed one officer in back by the neck. Again , this is Dorner's account. The consequences were suspensions for all three . Dorner bitterly complains that the police union covered the salaries of two of the officers.

Most police officers and certainly all LAPD officers working in the field are subjected to abuse by scumbags and citizens alike, spitting, drooling, kicking etc happen every day to LAPD officers. They must be able to control their behavior, something that apparently was not in Dorner's description of his skillset.

Their's no doubt that if Dorner's story is correct the other officers also deserved punishment or expulsion. But the glaring danger from Dorner's inability to control his own actions should have precluded his continued employment and may have played a part in subsequent disciplinary events although not made part of the file.

Unfortunately, the process of his firing may have been part of the trigger mechanism and the missed opportunity to have terminated his service with the LAPD earlier only added to the mess.

While the responsibility for the murders and wounding of innocents is Dorner's alone, opportunities for a better outcome were missed along the way.
It is still unthinkable that a white recruit would not be fired for displaying the kind of carelessness it takes to shoot yourself while cleaning a gun.

What level of obtuseness does it take to forget to check that the bleeping chamber is empty first?
Dorner was hired by the LAPD partly because of his protected class. He was fired, finally, because the department realized his credibility was diminished beyond repair-the same reason he was discharged from the Navy.

The LAPD hoped they could hire a male black with a college degree and regardless of his psychological make-up, get a racial quota satisfied. Racial, gender, as well as sexual orientation statuses are meticulously tracked, monitored, and de-briefed at the highest levels of the Department. The LAPD will, and some argue; must give protected classes more opportunity for jobs, pay-grade advancements, and promotions due to this "one for one" replacement strategy of replacing protected classes on a one for one basis. Therefore, each recruiting class, each command, each command/staff officer billet will have "x" number of this group, "y" number of that group and so on.

In their over-zealous, self-imposed, politically correct pursuit of diversity over merit, the LAPD hired and retained Dorner until they simply could not do so any longer. Not really atypical of the LAPD when quantity over quality has been the goal of the last three mayoral administrations.

Wrong, you protest? Then why instead of hurrying to fill classes with 40-60 recruits is the LAPD not hiring at a more judicious, slower pace to avoid such future tragedy. Fill the classes with 25 solid candidates. One will also get diversity with quality, without administration mandates to fill classes in the race to 10,000 officers (only fulfilled on paper because LAPD absorbed General Service Police).

LAPD and the city of Los Angeles will certainly have more problems because it does not hire the best qualified applicants. Only a few are hired from each racial, gender group. Thus, many leaving many qualified applicants to other agencies in this tough economy.

With internal litigation costs and judgments against the LAPD at record levels, as well as Dorner killing four people and wounding two others, I've gotta ask:

How's that working out so far?