Police Attack Newspaper Deliverers in Manhunt of Former Cop

  • 02/07/2013
  • Terelle Jerricks

Los Angeles Police Department officers shot two women, who were delivering newspapers in Torrance, on Feb. 7, during a massive manhunt of a former policeman.

The two women, who have not been identified, were shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue. Witnesses say one woman was shot in one of her hands and the other was shot in the back. The blue pick up truck they drove was full of bullets after the shooting.

A Random Lengths News newspaper deliveryman also was stopped at gunpoint on his way to work later that day. Another shooting took place at about 5:45 a.m., also in Torrance, near Flagger Land at Beryl Street.

Officials say that all the vehicles involved looked similar to the truck Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Harbor Division LAPD officer, was driving. Freeway signs throughout urged motorists to call 9-1-1 if they saw a 2005 Nissan Titan.

In an online manifesto Dorner threatened an “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against police. The 33-year-old man is suspected of shooting three police officers, one of which died, in Riverside in at about 1:30 a.m. of Feb. 7.

Dorner also is suspected of killing Monica Quan, a Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach, and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, Feb. 4, in Irvine. Quan’s father, Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, was specifically named in the manifesto. Randy Quan was involved in the review process that led to the firing of Dorner from the force. In his manifesto, Dorner complained of misrepresentation from Randy Quan during the review hearing.

Dorner was fired in 2009 for allegedly making false statements about his training officer. In the manifesto, he complained that Randy Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.

At about 10 a.m. Feb. 7, the LAPD sent a notice requesting that all the names redacted from the manifesto because of safety concerns to the people involved.

The manifesto cited incidents of racism in the police force that pushed him to the brink.

“The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days,” he wrote. “It has gotten worse.”

The manifesto cites an incident in August 2007, where he allegedly reported a fellow Harbor Division officer for using excessive force on a suspect. He wrote that after reporting the incident to his supervisors, an investigation took place without any results. Instead, he was accused of lying, because he “had broken their supposed ‘Blue Line,’” he wrote. Ten months later, he wrote, he was relieved of his duty with the LAPD while assigned to the Southwest Division.

Dorner cited other instances of racist assaults by LAPD officers.

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