Ex-LAPD Officers Seek Firing Reviews Since Dorner Probe
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — In the wake of the Christopher Dorner case, the Los Angeles Police Department’s disciplinary procedures are now under a microscope.
Dorner, a former LAPD officer, killed four people and injured three others this month in a revenge campaign for being fired from the department.
He claimed in an online manifesto that he had been railroaded by a discipline system that he described as capricious and racially biased.
The LAPD now says that it wants to make sure the process officers go through before being fired is transparent and fair.
A former cop tells KTLA that he’s glad those procedures are under review.
“We tried for years going the legal route and trying to get the police commission involved and my wife sending letters, and basically it got brushed to the curb,” Derek Sykes claims.
Sykes is a former veteran LAPD officer who believes he was wrongly terminated from the department in 2009.
Now that Dorner’s case is getting a review, Sykes may want the same consideration.
“No matter what I said, no matter what evidence was presented, their minds were already decided from above them,” he said.
Sykes doesn’t want his job back at the LAPD. He says he just wants his name cleared.
“I just want to have my name cleared up and have it to be where I left the department on my own terms,” he said.
At an afternoon news conference on Wednesday, the LAPD brass said it welcomes as many as a half dozen reviews that could follow the Dorner case.
The departments says that it wants justice through transparency.
“The system works. The system is designed to do what it does,” said Deputy Chief Mark Perez.
“It’s designed to weed out the bad ones and to make sure that we don’t find guilty the innocent ones. And it’s doing a very good job,” he said.
It’s that stigma of a “bad cop” that Sykes wants to escape.
“I did everything to show them that I was a good officer and that I was a hard-working officer,” Sykes says.
Some 70 officers have been fired by the LAPD over the last three years. At least six fired police officers are now calling for their disciplinary cases to be reopened.