Dorner is Gone But Race Issues, Conspiracy Theories Survive Him


Ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner is dead, but tough issues arising from his case remain, says the Christian Science Monitor. Los Angeles Police Charlie Beck ordered an official review of Dorner's charges that he was fired from the LAPD because of racism and corruption in the department. “I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD’s past,” Beck said in announcing the review – a reference to the Ramparts scandal, the Rodney King riots, and other dark episodes in the department's history.

Most civil rights advocates – including those who have butted heads with the LAPD in court over the years – acknowledge that the department has improved, particularly under Chief William Bratton and now Beck. Conspiracy theories spun by “Dorner truthers” have only increased as people search for answers since he died on Tuesday, says the Los Angeles Daily News. The biggest challenge for law enforcement agencies and Los Angeles area communities may be overcoming any lingering sense that Dorner – labeled by some as a sort of “Dark Knight” – is some kind of hero.

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