A handful of protestors took to the streets outside LAPD headquarters in California yesterday, showing support not so much for the actions of Christopher Dorner, but for the arguments he made against the department.
Dorner died on Tuesday of what authorities now say was a self-inflicted gun shot after he was cornered in a cabin in Big Bear, CA.
He had been the subject of a massive manhunt following the alleged killing of at least three people, a rampage he claimed on Facebook was tied to his dismissal from the police force in 2009.
The protestors say they do not condone Dorner’s killings, but do take issue with how the manhunt was handled, especially how police accidentally shot at two different trucks they believed to be Dorner’s. One woman hit in those incidents is still recovering.
“How the police handled this — they were the judge, the jury and the executioner,” a protestor named Michael Nam told The Los Angeles Times. “As an American citizen, you have the right to a trial and due process by law.”
The protestors also were rallying against corruption and racism in the LAPD, as the event was organized on Facebook, along with an announcement to keep it “peaceful” and the missive:
“This is not a page about supporting the killing of innocent people. It’s supporting fighting back against corrupt cops and bringing to light what they do.”