As the massive search for a fugitive ex-cop suspected of three slayings continues, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck reopened the an investigation into the firing of Christopher Dorner “not to appease a murderer” but to assure the public that his department is fair and transparent. He said he wants to protect an “increasingly positive relationship with the community” that the police department has developed over the last few years, reports the Los Angeles Times. Elected officials and law enforcement authorities offered a $1-million reward for information leading to his arrest and capture. The reason for such a large reward, the chief said, was “not about capturing a fleeing suspect, but about preventing another crime — likely another murder.”
Dorner was stripped of his badge in 2009 after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans. In 2007, Dorner accused Evans of kicking a mentally ill man during an arrest in San Pedro. The internal affairs investigation concluded that Evans had not kicked the man and that Dorner was lying.