I have no doubt that the law enforcement community will bring to an end
the reign of terror perpetrated on our region by Christopher Jordan
Dorner and he will be held accountable for his evil actions. The
families that have been devastated by his actions will never be the
same. By all accounts, the Los Angeles Police Department has made
tremendous strides in gaining the trust and confidence of the people we
serve. Dorner’s actions may cause a pause in our increasingly positive
relationship with the community but, it will not stop our commitment to
provide courteous, professional and constitutional policing to each
individual this Department makes contact with. I am aware of the ghosts
of the LAPD’s past and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be
resurrected by Dorner’s allegations of racism within the Department.
But, I also know that we are a better organization now than ever before; better but not perfect. Fairness and equality are now the cornerstones of our values and that is reflected by the present diversity of the department. We are a majority of minorities, almost exactly reflecting the ethnic makeup of Los Angeles.
As hard as it has been to change the culture of the Los Angeles Police Department, it has been even more difficult to win and maintain the support of the public. As much as I value our successes in reducing crime, I value even more our gains in public confidence.
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; To 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.
I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do.
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