I have gone back and forth on whether I ought to say anything right now about the war between Jordan Dorner and the LAPD. I have gone back and forth on whether I ought to post his manifesto. Thing is, I'm known, this blog is known for just going ahead and doing it, so here goes.
Let me start off by saying there is no justification for shooting and killing the family members of police officers. I'm sorry. The cops may be pigs, the family members even may be bad actors, who knows, still you don't get off killing people who have nothing to do with anything and finding a justification for it. We all complain about the "collateral" damage cause by drones and bombs and terrorists and all that. We should complain about this, too.
Secondly, I am not stupid enough to even try and discuss the killing of police officers from ambush. There is no way to discuss such a thing in a medium like this without saying something stupid, or saying something that gets taken the wrong way, or without getting accused of this or that. I'm not going there.
Third, I tend to believe Dorner's account of what the LAPD is and how it treated him and why. It is not like we all haven't know about the LAPD for a long time. Trouble is, we have all known, but nothing has changed. That is troubling indeed.
Fourth, I think Dorner is a human being, who felt himself pushed to the limit and snapped. Now snapping doesn't mean you are insane. It may, but that is not necessarily the case. Maybe you are perfectly sane and you have just had all you can take, and you just have to do something, to strike back, to get some attention to what you are saying, to get some revenge, to get some justice. Maybe you are sane and you pick a response that too many others think is insane. Some of your tactics can be wrong, but your cause can sure as hell be right.
Dorner's manifesto is really an incredible thing to read. Not only does it disclose his state of mind in such a clear fashion as to be just scary, it makes a lot of points which are absolutely correct. It also makes some absolutely ridiculous statements. Politically it is all over the ball park. Personally it runs from rage, to sadness, to love, to joy, to hate. The manifesto is also an incredible display of what some of us call dual consciousness. One man with the consciousness of the exploited and the consciousness of the ruling class, a consciousness of the target of a white supremacist system and the consciousness forced into his brain by that very white supremacist, capitalist system that surrounds him. We all have a dual consciousness. We can't help it. Read this manifesto and you will see such a thing on display...sharply on display. And remember this manifesto was written by a man, a black man who has had to contend with a system of white supremacy built on the back and on the graves of his people who responded somehow by first going into the military and then joining the oppressors police force, then questioning that police force, then being betrayed by that police force, and then, finally, declaring war on it. Crazy, again, yes, no, who knows. Who knows what crazy is under such a situation in a world like the one Dorner lives in, many live in? Maybe those who "aren't crazy" are really the ones who are.
Christopher Jordan Dorner was/is a "victim" of a system of white supremacy and he grew sick of it, said fuck it, and declared quite literally war. Is it a just war, you tell me. I won't tell you. The trouble with this war is that it has certainly strayed out of bounds. Sure it has scared the bejezus out of the cops, it has forced the media to disclose things about the LAPD that the LAPD would rather not be exposed. It has made the LAPD power structure feel the heat as never before. However, it will also be used to bring sympathy for the "heroic" officers under fire from a mad cop killing crazy man. It has also led to the deaths of numerous innocent, completely innocent human beings. Such, in fact, is war, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised that this war is no different in that way, only different in who is waging it...and why.
It is crazy and yet it is not odd.
THEY made Christopher Jordan Dorner the man that he is. THEY trained him to be the vengeful "soldier" that he is. If he is nothing more than an insane murder, THEY are the reason why.
Meanwhile, the shoot em up response by the police helps to make some of the points that Christopher Jordan Dorner raised even more clear than does his manifesto.
A pick up truck with two women in it delivering papers is shot up by cops, the occupants killed, because somehow they mistook them for Dorner. Give me a break. The women are dead. The women sure as hell in no way could be mistaken for Dorner.
A pick up truck being driven by a WHITE MAN no less comes driving down the street and the cops open up on it. The man, who the cops say they mistook somehow for a six foot, four inch black man whose picture is everywhere. Uh huh, right.
CORRECTION: the people shot by police in the pick up trucks did not die...
The cops in LA shoot first and maybe sometimes ask questions later...or they smile, take pictures, put them on their cells and pass em around.
Who the hell do these cops, the ones, the media does not describe as rogue, think they are? They think because they are currently fearful they can just shoot people down on the street for driving a pick up truck. Yes, that is exactly what they think...obviously. Guess what LAPD cops, a whole lot of people in this country, and around the world, live everyday in fear (sometimes from criminals, sometimes from spouses, oftentimes from cops) and they don't get to shoot down innocent people on the street and say, "gee, I over reacted, but I was fearful (well, I guess that is exactly what a fellow in Florida named Zimmerman got to say, although even he eventually got arrested).
One blogger I ran into today who unlike me decided to stick to the immediate and not the global implications wrote:
NONE of this mayhem would be going on right now if the L.A. Police Department wasn’t so set on protecting it’s own regardless of who else it hurts. Rather than admit that a mental case was mistreated and face the expense of a lawsuit and settlement, they simply lied and covered up, and thought that by firing one cop they would send a message to the rest to keep their mouths shut about abuses, and save lots of money too. Now look at the mess, the deaths, the ongoing disaster with undoubtedly more wounded and more dead. All because they wanted to protect the department instead of deal with the plain truth.
Where it all goes from here, I won't even hazard a guess.
Okay, here is the manifesto, in its entirety, uncensored. It is what it is.