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Dorner Manhunt: Details Emerge About Past of Suspected Murderer

SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KTLA) — Details are emerging about the life of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer who has virtually declared war on members of the LAPD, their families and other police officers.

The manhunt for the 33-year-old Dorner, a double murder suspect and alleged cop killer, continued Friday in the Big Bear area.

Dorner tells much of his life story in his “manifesto” against the LAPD, focusing repeatedly on conflicts with others from grade school through high school and college, in the navy and eventually as an LAPD officer.

His manifesto names dozens of people he feels treated him wrongly, their names now being redacted by the LAPD to protect former teachers and officers who are now believed to be his targets.

After Cypress High School and Southern Utah University, where he played football and graduated with a BA in psychology, Dorner joined the navy in 2002.

In 2005 he entered the LAPD academy, where he choked another cadet who used a racial slur. An incident Dorner refers to in his manifesto, adding he wished he had killed him.

But it was in San Pedro where officer Dorner, working as a rookie cop for the LAPD Harbor Division, accused his training officer of excessive use of force on a suspect.

In 2007, Dorner reported that as he was handcuffing a suspect his training officer “kicked the suspect twice in the chest and once in the face.” Which he says “left a visible injury on the left cheek below the eye.”

That incident eventually lead to an inquiry.

An investigative panel ruled that Dorner was lying and he was eventually fired from the LAPD.

All of Dorner’s LAPD days were under former Chief Bill Bratton, who says he has no particular memory of Dorner.

-Jim Nash reporting.