Joint Task Force Announced in Hunt for Chris Dorner

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Commander Andrew Smith of the LAPD announced Saturday afternoon that a multi-agency task force has been created in the manhunt for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also announced Saturday that his department will reopen Dorner’s termination case from the LAPD.

Beck said the reopening is not to appease Dorner, who claimed in a manifesto that he was unfairly dismissed, but is to provide transparency.

Dorner is suspected of killing 27-year-old Keith Lawrence and 28-year-old Monica Quan in the city of Irvine on February 3.

Dorner is also suspected in the killing of a Riverside police officer and wounded his partner while they were in their cruiser in the city of Riverside.

The Dorner Task Force includes the Irvine Police Department, Riverside Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshall Service, Los Angeles Police Department and other allied agencies.

Authorities are urging the public to provide information that will assist in locating Dorner as soon as possible.

Anyone with information to call (213) 486-6860 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck statement:

“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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46 comments

  • none

    Trying to un-ring the bell by reviewing the firing of Dorner?

    The public still won't believe you folks aren't corrupt. Nice try though…

  • Backatya

    All BS. What's worse, IT'S WAY TOO LATE – THREE LIVES LOST TOO LATE, INCLUDING DORNER'S LIFE – OH, WAIT, WHAT ABOUT THE THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT LIVES LOST FROM THE PD WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE? WAY TOO LATE. SAD!

  • 40lbslighter

    Unfortunately, when an entity polices itself…they end up with the answers that support their cause and/or position. Nuff said.

  • guest

    I will give Beck credit for an attempt to restore LAPD's tarnished image be it genuine or not. It's just hard to trust when they have done so much to destroy faith in their department. Beck really needs to dig into the roles the two women played that are employeed by LAPD. How the department tolerated the Williams woman Dorner had to place a restraining order on in 2006 posted his badge number online and making extremely degrading comments about a fellow employee and officer. This type of behavior and conduct should not be tolerated by anyone employeed by LAPD. If anyone deserved terminated it was this gal Williams.

  • anonymous

    I feel way sad for him, he is fighting this fight alone. But he is fighting for what he believes in. He is a real Hero!! And the rest are cowards…..Go Dorner!!

    • Guest

      Yeah…..a real man. Shoots 2 people who's only crime was being related to someone who he thought did him wrong. You people are unbelievable!

    • Saint

      He should surrender and present his case before the people and nation. He has been heard enough now. No more killings, surrender now Dorner and your case will be have international coverage. 3 people have been killed and they were were totally innocent. You are not a hero, you have become a outlaw. Don't go django on LAPD … Surrender now . period!

  • Guest

    In the news video above, when they show the announcement to re-open the case, the mugshot of Dorner displays "captured" rather than " wanted". Any idea why that would be on there ?

  • Guest

    Wow!! This world is much more screwed up than I thought. A guy kills innocent people to prove his point and he is called a hero. Sick, sick people!

  • sal

    All of you that call this idiot a hero, why don't you get your heads out of the clouds. This guy is a an arrogant narcissist twisted dirt bag loser. He killed someone's daughter and her fiance!!!! I am tired of people calling his cause just. His manifesto is just the words of someone who has serious metal issues and the proof is in the evil actions he has taken. He is a disgrace to the military and public service, he needs to be treated like the criminal that he is. If he was so tough and well trained why did he run like a coward after he shot it out with cops in Corona. You know why, because those cops shot back! What did he do next, he ambushed the Riverside cops as they sat inside their black and white. Now the children of that police officer have to grow up without their father. Those of you that are fans of this idiot don't know what military service and public service is all about.

    • Mike

      The daughter was the lawyer who defended her father, who was the one who denied Dorner's claim and got him fired. Over 250,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan, many of them by the sniper's we call heroes. We all know what military service and public service is about, and it's all very arbritary and capricious. You don't seem at all incensed about the corruption in the LAPD. Strange how you filtered that one out.

    • Sally

      sal, you're an idiot yourself. Your shallow nature seems to help you to bite any lies and propaganda they want to feed you. How do you know it's Dorner who did the killing? You are quick to dance to the tune of the propaganda and this only makes you look like a fool.

  • Maddie

    When I called the police department in my town to investigate a threat that was placed faint my then 16 year old son by a 36 year old man… They did nothing but said if he comes by your house give us a call. Huh? I also witnessed an officer in my town best another man crazy and nothing happened to the officers. Everything is justified. A police officer friend of mine said that they are a brotherhood… But for what reason? I don't and never will condone anyone killing another man and I don't condone the actions of Dorner, however, I do believe him when he speaks on the corruption within the police department… Which is located in Anytown USA. I don't believe that he "ambushed" the officers the other evening. Whose to say someone else did that? Why is it that the officers that shot at three people driving down the street and now they are on paid administrative leave… Really. Those folks could have been killed all becaue they "thought". Talk about gun control? They should be the first to sign up. Shoot now and ask questions later? For real? Last thought all of us must meet our maker one day and we are all going to account for our wrong doing and coverup. Sooooo do what's right.

    • Jose Guttierez

      The police seem to have a strong misconception and false belief that they are above the law or the law itself. They are a collection of losers in our society who found comfort in cowardly hiding behind the badge and use the badge to impose authority on others to whom they feel inferior to. Cops are stupid by nature. And when you give stupid a gun and a badge, they go crazy over others. What more dangerous than the criminals are the corrupt cops themselves!

      For the case of LAPD, it's a giant organization of criminals hiding behind uniform exist only to extort money from hardworking law-biding citizens.

      The City of Los Angeles is a dwelling place of the devils, headed by a very corrupt Mexican named Antonio Villaraigosa.

    • agreed

      If only the LE community would protect the public day-to-day with the same commitment and fervor with which they protect their own, the public would be more apt to show them support.

      The corruption in LE is so far ingrained and accepted that the days of believing LE are "the good guys" are long gone.

  • james Combs

    ATTN: Intelligentsia AKA Joint task Force + (Joke azz Fa$$s)! lmfao Above Top secret: Eyes Only LOL You Have No Moral authority, Gang members have more Morals than you, and more Respect. you are not Hunting Dorner HE is Hunting YOU! Wild West Style When Men

  • Chief Drone

    Let's take a look at the problem here, shall we?

    First, Dorner doesn't seem to go after anyone else but a bunch of corrupt cops. So, he's not really a threat to the general public. And getting rid of bad cops should be in the interests of the general public any way.

    Second, IF Dorner succeeds in exposing a very deeply corrupt police department, the LAPD, then he would or should become a hero. Though, I would never condone murdering innocent civilians. But until Dorner confesses to the murders of innocent civilians and only going after the corrupt cops, then he should be supported by the general public.

    Third, with the multi-million dollar resource the LAPD have committed to this man hunt, not mentioning the fact they these incompetent idiots at the LAPD have also taken away resources from other law enforcement agencies, they look like a bunch of losers, especially when the started shooting anything the remotely resembled vehicles once known driven by Dorner.Now they are using taxpayers' dollars to pay for their stupidity. So far they paid for a new truck to the two women they shot at by "mistake". And who knows how million dollars more they would have to spend to cover their continuing "mistakes". In fact, Dorner himself has become a very expensive "mistake" in itself.

    • Spearchucker

      Yeah, the 2 kids were corrupt, the officer he ambushed and murder was corrupt. None of these people had anything to do with his firing. Dorner is responcible for his lying. Now he is going to die

  • Ordinary Citizen

    Instead of going after Dorner, the FBI and other state and federal agencies should spend their resources investigating the LAPD itself. It's house of corruption, one that has led to the explosion now known as "Christopher Dorner".

    My guess is Dorner is planning on being killed any way. But the world has heard his case and that's exactly what he wanted. So, even if Dorner is killed (or kills himself), the problem would still hovering over the LAPD for its long standing and deeply corrupt culture. Why don't they make a big deal about the LAPD cops named James Nichols and John Miller, who have been known to raped and tortured their victims for money?

    The media seems to be colluding with a very corrupt police department. I wonder why.

  • Ralpf

    The legacy of a police department that was historically deployed by a corrupt cadre of Orange County oil mobsters – A Bright & Shiny Place. It's the collateral damage of Hollywood, freeways, and the a city that sucks its water up like a mosquito from its neighbors.

  • agreed

    If only the LE community would protect the public day-to-day with the same commitment and fervor with which they protect their own, the public would be more apt to show them support.

    The corruption in LE is so far ingrained and accepted that the days of believing LE are "the good guys" are long gone.

  • sayitagain

    Beck, Bratton and those named in the manifesto are protected and safe while placing their neighbors and their immediate communities in harm's way.

    The neighbors and communities are not threatened by Dorner, but by stressed out, nervous cops who are being forced to wear a target on their backs and have already gunned down innocent civilians.

    If I were one of these cops forced to protect any of these corrupt buffoons, I would be seriously asking myself if Beck, Bratton or anyone named in the manifesto would be so willing take a bullet for me.

  • guest

    Everyone, and anyone that has grown up in the inner city's know that the police are most of the time racist. This behavior is sad to say, but true… My heart is just heavy because it came to this. He is wrong, true. I understand his position, I do not agree, but I understand it. Now they will paint him as a savage mental beast, instead of looking at what started all of this. WOW