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MANHUNT: Feds Join Hunt For Dorner, Firing to be Probed

Officials announced federal agents will join in the search for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of killing three people and the case surrounding his firing will be reopened.

Federal agents will join a task force in the hunt for a rogue former cop accused of killing three people -- including a Riverside police officer.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, a Navy reservist fired by the LAPD and who blames the department for unjustly ruining his life, has been at large since he allegedly shot a Riverside police officer Thursday morning.

LAPD police Chief Charlie Beck also announced at a Saturday evening news conference that the case revolving around Dorner's termination from the department will be reopened.

"I do this not to appease a murderer," Beck said in a statement.  "I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do."

The chief said that he wanted to show transparency in the department.

In a manifesto Dorner published last week, the suspect threatened that the killings would continue until the LAPD admitted to wrongful termination in his case.

"Therefore I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination of employment, and to do so I have directed our Professionals Standards Bureau and my Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing to completely review the Dorner complaint of 2007," Beck said.

Dorner in 2011 appealed a court's ruling that upheld his termination.

The suspect had made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, accusing her of kicking a suspect, Christopher Gettler, according to court papers.

The Los Angeles Police Department Board of Rights determined his complaint was false and the suspect was terminated.

He asked the courts to overturn the board's decision but he was refused, so he appealed that decision and was again refused, court papers indicate.

Dorner is suspected of shooting to death last Sunday the 28-year-old daughter of an ex-LAPD captain who unsuccessfully represented Dorner in an appeal of his termination and her 27-year-old fiance.

He also is accused of killing a Riverside police officer and wounding another early Thursday in an armed ambush of their car as it was stopped at a
traffic light, about 20 minutes after he wounded an LAPD officer in a Corona
shootout.

The probe, will "include a re-examination of all evidence and a re-interview of  witnesses.

"We will also investigate any allegations made in his manifesto which were not included in his original complaint," reads a written statement released by officials.

Among the agencies joining the task force will be the FBI, Riverside police, Irvine police and the U.S. Marshal's office, police officials said.

"The Dorner Task Force has combined investigative resources that will lead to the capture of Christopher Dorner," Beck wrote.

Meanwhile, the search for Dorner in the area of Big Bear was suspended at nightfall Saturday and was expected to continue Sunday morning, unless he turns up somewhere else.

On Saturday morning, authorities in Buena Park obtained a search warrant for a storage unit registered to a relative of the suspect, according to televised reports.

Anyone with information was asked to call 213-486-6860.

Meia February 10, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Can we trust an investigation put on by the same people that Dorner said covered it up in the first place? We can't trust Dorner, but I do believe in corruption in the police force.
Michael Sherman February 10, 2013 at 03:45 AM
I agree Meia, it is not uncommon, plus some of the things Dorner said that the other officers do with picture sounds legitimate to me. Police should not have picture of dead citizens on their personal cell phones and certainly should not make any contests about them. I believe that kind of behavior leads to other questionable behavior.
Michelle February 10, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I do believe a lot of what he said in his manifesto. It looks to me that he was very aggressive in what he believed to be true by filing complaints and following up on them. Only to be told he is a liar. I don't support what he has done now! It's just sad that he feels this was his last resort!
Joe Farrell February 10, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Lets see - - shoot two innocent people - fire over 50 rounds and only hit them twice - fire fifty rounds down a public street where children and families are sleeping damage literally dozens of other vehicles in the process moving on - - - -break into peoples homes in Big Bear and leave them trashed - no suspicion, no warrant and not a single fact evidencing the guy was in that home - stop people in Dorner's truck on the freeway when they knew the truck was already burned up I'm just an ignorant simple civilian but this guy is pretty smart - so he prob knows you can wire a blasting cap to a cell phone ringer - call that phone from halfway around the world and blow up the truck - - Dorner knew how to drive a motorcycle - A motor cycle can fit in a pick up bed - A guy in a motorcycle helmet and riding outfit = can't tell if he is black or white or any other ethnicity - he is no where near Big Bear - everyone with half a brain knows that - he is either dead or hiding out til they run out of resources. . . . Anyway - while Dorner is certainly off his rocker doing what he is doing and has done - anyone who has lived in Los Angeles since the late 1970's knows that everything he says rings true.
Walnut Watchdog February 10, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Congratulations, All four of you have demonstrated the keen investigative insight to be a juror in Los Angeles. After you weigh the evidence that he is a nut job, you can let him off because he throws the race card after killing an innocent African American and Chinese American. Despite the fact that he was being fired from his probation because of improper tactics, he blames a female officer for excessive force. He goes into the Navy where he is found unfit to command sailors. Coming back to LA he is fired for faking a story about his training officer because she counseled him for being inept. After the matter is reviewed by the superior and appellate courts, who find that the LAPD did nothing wrong, he MURDERS a African American and a Chinese American because of LAPD Racism. Taking this logic further, he murders a innocent Riverside Police officer, and shoots two other police officers. Yet you blame the cops. Great logic. You would make fabulous OJ jurors.
Jake Mooney February 10, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Wake up folks. A female, black or gay person cannot be incompetent. They can only be victims of discrimination.
notsomuch February 10, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Very well stated WalnutWatchdog.....
Phuc Hu Tran February 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Interesting that you are able to make a competent psychiatric evaluation without a degree. Also interesting that you are psychic and know that the people he offed were "innocent." I don't approve of Dorner's actions, but it's people like you that are the biggest embarrassment. If you look further, you can find that the apparent beating of the schizphrenic man was verified by his father, although he did state Dorner seemed overly offended. Superior and appellate courts were not involved; it was a completely internal matter. If you took the time to read his manifesto, he gave clear, succint accounts of what happened during the beat down and that there were conflicts of interest as the women overseeing the investigation was the accused woman's friend and ex-boss. But, of course, you did not execute any due diligence and only garnered your info from what you read in the paper. You are not a nut job; however, you are lazy, inept bigot.
Jo S February 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Joe you have said it all!! It all rings "true" anyway you look at it. Too bad nothing will ever become of the issue that has torn lives apart for years. Maybe the citizens of LA should buck up and demand answers like the probe into the Fullerton PD. Thanks for your insight.
Joe Farrell February 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Time will tell if your blind trust of an organization like LAPD is the correct one. I never said I'd vote to acquit the perp. I'd put hi n the chair if Calif still had the balls to kill people like this. I only 'blame' the cops for their over the top over reactions. If I can't shoot at people who pose no threat they can't either. If I can't break into people's homes on a wild goose chase, they can't either.
Leo P Flood February 10, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I do not condone what the officer is doing, but all need to understand that all of us have breaking point; racism can trigger that breaking point. I truly believe that this officer attempted to bring this problem to the property channel, but was denied sufficient results. All around this country you can see that racism make up the action of many of the police departments. Most of the officers making up our police forces are white, why? I recall my military life where I was a member of the police force and I was court martialled because other white officers attacked me; I fought back so I was punished for doing so. I was told that I should have reported the action, but at the time prior to being able to report the action I was getting my a** kicked. All of us need to demand that this person be captured alive and brought back to tell his side of the story; we all may be surprised.
joebanana February 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM
For the record, read California Senate bill SBx2-11. What this bill is about is retroactive immunity for judges taking illegal payments from LA county, and in return, ruling in favor of the county in cases before them. LA county superior court judges are state employees, they just work in LA county. LA county has nothing to do with their compensation. $57,000/Yr. per judge saves a lot of litigation costs, and wins a lot of cases. All but three for a two year period. And these judges don't list this money on their form 700 financial disclosure, or recuse themselves from county involved cases. Like, all criminal, family, civil, juvenile, probate, trust, etc. etc. Your lawyer isn't going to stand up to this corruption, the one who did, got locked up for contempt. Google Richard Fine to see what California courts are like.
Heaven~Bound February 11, 2013 at 08:03 PM
AMEN!!! Let the TRUTH be told!!! That would be the BEST thing to do for ALL involved!!! If not, EVERYTHING will continue to be covered up!!!

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