Having been charged with murder and suspected of hiding in Mexico, Christopher Dorner, fugitive ex-LA police officer, is both loathed and feared for his despicable acts of violence having killed three innocent people.
However, despite having even gone so far as to telephone the father of one of his victims to charge that the father should have protected her better, Dorner actually is revered by some of his most outrageous followers.
Following his alleged shooting of Monica Quan, killing her and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, Dorner allegedly called Quan’s father to taunt him into taking blame for his daughter’s death for not providing her with adequate protection.
Both Facebook and Twitter reflected support for Dorner by this past weekend, some posts demonstrating significant misplaced compassion.
Rather than expressing compassion for his victims, many posted their support on the social networks. Some of the most vile examples:
“Chris Dorner is an American hero.” - Dae Montana on Twitter
“Chris Dorner is my hero. If you don’t know who that is, do your research.” – pretty nigga rich on Twitter
“Chris Dorner is my hero! Finally someone is trying to change the corrupt LAPD. – Manny Hurtado on Twitter
“Chris Dorner turns on Bad Cops meanwhile #LAPD officers ‘shoot first’ open fire on 2 INNOCENT women.” – Marsellus Wallace on Twitter
And on Facebook, a page that call Dorner “the hero LA deserves. He’s a silent guardian, watchful protector against corruption, he’s our Dark Knight.”
Another Facebook page entitled “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner” had more than 2,000 ‘likes” as of last Friday afternoon.
This kind of contemptible response reminds me of the reasoning Iranian terrorists use when they claim that killing infidels will guaranty them a place next to Allah, along with their many virgins.
And it is with that kind of mentality that one with common sense can never reason with.
As one Todd Glickman of Van Nuys said "this is why the world is a horrible place."
"When people praise a murderer for doing what he did... the world's going to hell," Glickman posted on Facebook. "Let's not forget there are many families who have lost loved ones to the nutcase."
Cecile Vargo of Tujunga also expressed her frustration with supporters threatening to "block the two of my friends that are living in lala land and sympathizing with him."
Stephen G. Tibbetts, a criminology professor at Cal State San Bernardino, who specializes in profiling and criminal theory, says that "Dorner wants to reclaim his name, but you don't do that by shooting innocent family members. Even people who seem like heroes who fight against `authority,' they don't go after the daughter of the person they hate in the `authority. Tibbetts went on to say that, "There's obviously a screw loose there, and anybody that would support anything he believes - after something like that - is crazy.
This kind of misplaced compassion is a serious danger to this nation. It is hard to believe in a nation that has shown such remarkable achievement technologically that we share this country with people that can show anything less than utter contempt for such criminal violence.
Yet, when you consider some of our most notorious murderers, rapists and child molesters, Dorner’s acts are not nearly so surprising. It is though people have become immune to violence, seemingly resigned to these types of crimes as though they are inevitable.
Well, they are not. Rather, I submit that we are tolerating the intolerable. And until we deal realistically with criminal violence we will never restore safe streets and neighborhoods.
We can start by capturing, prosecuting and imprisoning Dorner. And that example will hopefully send a clear message to others, especially those who currently support him, that using violence to counter what you believe is unfair is not, and never will be tolerated.
Spero columnist John Mancino is a political analyst and security professional.