Ex-LAPD Officers Want Termination Cases Reopened Amid Dorner Investigation
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A number of former Los Angeles Police Department officers want their termination cases reopened in the wake of an investigation into Christopher Dorner’s controversial allegations against the force.
In a rambling manifesto posted on Facebook, the ex-LAPD officer, who killed four people in a revenge scheme two weeks ago, claimed he was unfairly fired due to race and bias within the department.
KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports Chief Charlie Beck reopened his case and ordered a review of the LAPD disciplinary system, which seemingly prompted other fired officers to come forward with their own desires to be vindicated.
Beck said, “I think that Dorner’s manifesto brings up a lot of issues. I don’t think there are any inherent flaws to the system. I think the biggest flaws that are likely to occur are the application to the system. I need to make sure the system is applied correctly.”
Beck told KCAL9’s Dave Lopez he couldn’t confirm the exact number of officers who requested their cases be reviewed.
The Associated Press, however, reported it’s at least six people.
“I’ll have somebody look at (the cases)…have a ‘biopsy’ and make sure that they were done the way they should have been done. Many of these are very old. Many of the people that were involved in them are long gone. I never mind pulling a file and having someone look at it,” said Beck.
The police chief continued, “No discipline system is perfect. Not mine, not the court system…they are as good as you can make them to be.”
Lopez reported that any findings in the Dorner case could potentially be revealed in two months.
“(Attorney) Gerald Chaleff is right in the middle of looking at it all,” said Beck.
Chaleff, who is a special assistant to Beck for constitutional policing, is reviewing termination hearing documents and re-interviewing witnesses.
The results of the investigation will be made public.
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