City Of Riverside Pulls $100K Contribution To Dorner Reward Offer
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The city of Riverside is pulling its portion of the $1.2 million reward offered for the “capture and conviction” of ex-Los Angeles police officer and accused killer Christopher Dorner.
“The conditions were not met. So the arrest and conviction never occurred,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said.
The city pledged $100,000 to the reward fund after Riverside police officer Michael Crain was reportedly killed and his partner injured by Dorner on Feb. 7 while on routine patrol.
Cain, 34, was among four people killed by the fugitive before he died in a standoff and fire in a Big Bear cabin on Feb. 25.
During the manhunt, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa coordinated a $1 million reward from more than 30 agencies or corporations, including the city of Riverside. The Los Angeles City Council and Riverside County Board of Supervisors also each put up separate $100,000 rewards with their own protocol and requirements.
“Information was not brought to . . . lead to the arrest, right?” Mayor Bailey said. “And that was the intent of the reward.”
Several other local agencies, including the Peace Officers Research Association, have also reconsidered their offers.
“I think it’s wrong. I think maybe because a lot of the excitement has worn off, I think it totally hampers the ability to offer a reward in the future,” Riverside resident Keith Alex said.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is still upholding their $100,000 reward and is in the process of determining who the money will go to.
“We are proceeding in support of our public safety community and everyone who had the huge concern about bringing this to an end, to evaluate the reward based on the criteria of apprehension and not necessarily conviction,” board member John Benoit said.
Beck and Villaraigosa say they would like to see the $1 million reward paid out and expect to make a decision about recipients by mid-April.