LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles chapter of a nationwide anti-Wall Street movement has taken to social media in support of quadruple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner.
The Facebook page for Occupy Los Angeles features several photos in support of Dorner after a manhunt that ended in a dramatic standoff at a cabin near Big Bear Lake.
Dorner’s California driver’s license was found near human remains that police believe to be Dorner.
Occupy L.A. posted a now-familiar photo of Dorner in military fatigues with the caption, “Rest In Power Chris Dorner: Assassinated by the Police for Trying to Expose LAPD Corruption”.
Another photo has a picture of a burning cabin that reads, “Due Process: You Have the Right to Burn Alive”.
Perhaps the most controversial photo on the Occupy page is from hacker group Anonymous with the word “#OPDRONER” – ostensibly named for its semblance to “Dorner” – which corresponds to a recent YouTube video entitled “Anonymous: Operation Dorner | #OpDroner” calling for supporters to “raise arms” against the police.
“Do not misinterpret us, for we do not condone the vicious acts that Dorner has allegedly partaken in,” the video’s narrator states. “Instead, we sympathize and resonate with his struggle. Dorner was not born a killer; he was a law-abiding citizen that was tainted by the corrupting and inhumane practices of the Los Angeles Police Department who serve only themselves.
“We, however, do not accept this fate, and call upon our brothers to raise arms against the LAPD for justice.”
Occupy L.A. on Sunday called on supporters to “take back the LAPD” and demand the resignation of LAPD command staff in the hopes that Dorner would “probably turn himself in if he committed the crime”.
Although San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced this week that the body inside the cabin has not yet been identified as Dorner, McMahon has said, “We believe that this investigation is over at this point.”
Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), issued a statement expressing condolences for the loss of victims Monica Quan, USC Public Safety Officer Keith Lawrence, Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah MacKay.
“Dorner’s senseless murder of completely innocent people makes it clear that his deranged behavior was not the result of supposed ill treatment by the LAPD, concussions sustained playing football, attempts to reveal the ‘truth’, or any other excuse he offered in his written ramblings,” Izen said. “Murder is never justified. Only a homicidal narcissist would think so.”
“As the families of those he murdered grieve their loss, we will mourn with them and support them — the true victims in this tragic saga.”
The 33-year-old former LAPD officer had been accused in the Feb. 3 revenge murders of Quan, 28, and her 27-year-old fiancé Lawrence, in Irvine.
He was also wanted in the ambush murder of Riverside police officer Michael Crain, who was shot to death in his patrol car on Feb. 7. Crain’s partner was also critically injured in the ambush, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Dorner’s fourth and final murder victim, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy identified as 35-year-old Jeremiah McKay, was killed during Tuesday’s standoff.