Christopher Dorner A man identified Wednesday as the suspect in the slayings of a college basketball coach and her fiance is a former LAPD Harbor Division police officer fired for falsely accusing his sergeant for kicking a man at a San Pedro hotel.
According to an online manifesto, Christopher Jordan Dorner of La Palma might have committed the double-homicide out of revenge for his dismissal from the force.
"Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family," according to an excerpt of the manifesto posted on the KTLA news website. "There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep."
Dorner was charged by his own department in 2007 with making false statements to detectives investigating a false complaint he made against a female police sergeant. A Los Angeles police Board of Rights disciplinary hearing included testimony from numerous Los Angeles police and port police officers, according to a 2nd District Court of Appeal document posted online.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the coach's father, a longtime LAPD officer, represented Dorner before the review board that fired him.
"The Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights found that (Dorner's) complaint was false and therefore terminated his employment for making false statements," the document said.
Dorner was identified Wednesday evening as a wanted suspect in the shooting death of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, in Irvine. Quan, the assistant basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, was the daughter of a longtime LAPD officer, Randy Quan.
At Dorner's disciplinary hearing, numerous officers testified about a July 28, 2007, "use of force" incident at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro in which Dorner's training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, shot a mentally ill man with a Taser gun to subdue him when Dorner and the man struggled and fell into bushes.
Other officers and witnesses described the use of force similarly, but Dorner filed a report saying Evans had kicked the man twice in the shoulder and face, and discouraged him from including the information in his police report.
"(Dorner) was visibly upset when he spoke with Capt. Deming, and Capt. Deming believed this was caused by fear of repercussions for reporting misconduct by a training officer," the appellate ruling said. "Because of his fear of repercussions, (Dorner) told Capt. Deming, 'Promise me you won't do anything.' "
Dorner later said someone urinated on his equipment bag at the Harbor Division station, but an analysis showed no urine on his jacket.
Evans testified that she and Dorner confronted a man on a bench outside the hotel's main door. Evans said the man appeared either mentally ill or under the influence. Dorner told him to stand up, but the man did not comply, so Dorner lifted him up by the arm.
As they walked near a planter, the suspect took a swing at Dorner and cussed at him, prompting Evans to pull a Taser gun and call for backup. When Dorner and the man fell into the bushes, Evans shot the man twice with the Taser and Dorner handcuffed him. The suspect had marks on his face, but no boot marks, the document said.
Dorner took a long time to write his use of force report, and was told later by Evans in an evaluation that he needed to take less time to write his reports.
"Evans also had indicated in an evaluation that appellant needed to improve in the areas of officer safety and common sense and good judgment," the document said.
Dorner, however, testified that Evans kicked the suspect twice in the left collarbone and the left cheek.
"Dorner also testified that he was hesitant to report the kicks because when he was in the police academy, he had reported an incident in which two recruits were using a racial epithet against another recruit. He had been shunned by other recruits after that, so he did not want to speak up again," the document said.
Dorner, who graduated from the police academy in February 2006, spent 13 months on a military deployment in 2006. When he returned, he was assigned to the Harbor Division and worked with Evans.
Detectives investigating Dorner's complaints against Evans found no evidence to support them.
"After reviewing all the evidence, the Board stated that it could not find that the kicks occurred," the document said, siding with testimony of other officers and witnesses.
"The Board found that appellant had failed to report the alleged kicks, despite numerous opportunities to do so, and that his testimony regarding his reasons for not reporting the kicks was not credible."
The Board suspected Dorner made the false report because he was going to receive an unsatisfactory probationary rating, and found him guilty of making the false charges. Dorner then lost his job.
Dorner appealed, but the court upheld the LAPD's decision to terminate him.
Dorner's manifesto indicated he was seeking revenge against Quan, Evans and others.
"I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours. Quan, Anderson, Evans, and BOR members Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead," it read. "This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences. Your day has come."
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