Chief Beck: Dorner Reward “Should Be Paid Out”
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The LAPD held a news conference on Tuesday morning to provide an update on the Christopher Dorner case.
It was the first time that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has spoken since the standoff in Big Bear last Tuesday that ended with Dorner’s death.
Dorner, a former LAPD officer who was fired in 2009, is believed to have killed four people in a revenge-fueled rampage, outlined in an online manifesto.
His victims included a young Irvine couple, a Riverside police officer and a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy.
“Even though much of this is about the discussion of Christopher Dorner, we have to remember the victims,” Beck said on Tuesday.
He also spoke about the 50 LAPD officers and their families who were named in Dorner’s manifesto, and who were under protective details during the manhunt.
“Yes, we’re police officers. We all sign up for some degree of risk,” Beck said. “Our families don’t sign up for that. Our children don’t sign up for that.”
He said that the LAPD is making its psychologists available to all the families “so the kids can have some sense of normalcy, some sense of security.”
Beck then addressed the LAPD’s re-examination of the process that led to Dorner’s firing, as well as the claims he made in his manifesto.
He said his special assistant for constitutional policing, Gerald Chalef, has been working “non-stop” on the review.
“I have great confidence in Mr. Chalef, and I know the police commission will do what is right with this, and so will the Los Angeles Police Department,” Beck said.
Beck also commented on the more than $1 million reward, saying it’s the largest in local law enforcement history.
He said it’s also the most complicated, with over 31 donors involved, including many municipalities that have their own rules for giving rewards.
The LAPD has put together a commission to review the various investigations and make recommendations on who the reward should go to.
“It had its desired effect,” Beck said, noting that the reward generated over 1,000 tips.
“It should be paid out. But it has to be done fairly,” he said. “It has to be done according to the rules that govern these things.”