NEWS of the Day - February 11, 2013
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day - February 11, 2013
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

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$1 million reward offered for capture of Christopher Dorner

by Susan Abram, Brian Day and Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Police agencies upped the ante in the hunt for suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner on Sunday, offering a $1 million dollar bounty for his capture - the largest local reward ever offered for a wanted man, Los Angeles officials announced.

The announcement came as Riverside police identified and released funeral details for Michael Crain - the 34-year-old Riverside police office and father of two allegedly ambushed by Dorner on Thursday.

The record reward offer comes a week after Dorner's rampage began. A task force of law enforcement from Los Angeles, Irvine, Riverside, as well as the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, continues to search Southern California and beyond for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of killing three and threatening many more.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck looked into dozens of television cameras during a news conference Sunday and warned Dorner: It was not a matter if they catch him, but when.

"Let me be clear," Villaraigosa said, "our dedication to catching this killer remains steadfast. We will not tolerate this reign of terror. We will not tolerate this murderer remaining at large."

Dorner is wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of an Irvine couple and the Riverside police officer. In his lengthy manifesto released last week on Facebook, Dorner said he is purposely targeting police officers and their families as revenge for being unjustly fired from the LAPD five years ago.

Beck said at least 50 LAPD families are being guarded by protection details.

"This is an act and, make no mistake about it, of domestic terrorism," Beck said.

"This is not about capturing a fleeing suspect. This is about preventing a future crime, likely a murder."

He added that as long as Dorner is loose, an attack on a uniformed police officer or the family of a police officer is likely.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz noted he is still not releasing the name of the second officer who was shot in order to protect his family.

Dorner, he said, "has already shown and stated that families of police officers are fair game and for that reason to this point we have not released that information."

But Diaz said the officer will survive the shooting to his upper body, although challenges remain.

"The other officer ...is looking at many surgeries," Diaz said. "There are still medical complications."

The reward, likely to surpass a $1 million, is made up by contributions by more than 30 private and public donors, including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino counties, the Long Beach Police Officers Association, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Anschutz Entertainment Group, and many anonymous donors.

The search for Dorner continued to stretch police resources and keep Southern Californians on edge.

A San Bernardino apartment building was evacuated after someone called in a false report of a Dorner sighting. And Los Angeles police - already split between the manhunt and providing security at the Grammy awards ceremony at L.A. Live downtown - closed an area near Northridge Fashion Mall after reports of a man resembling Dorner was seen.

In Big Bear, where Dorner's disabled truck was found loaded with weapons and survival gear Thursday morning, the size of the search team was cut to two dozen from to 125 the first day. A law enforcement command post at Bear Mountain ski resort was dismantled, with efforts now coordinated from the Big Bear sheriff's station.

"The search continues to locate Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear area with approximately 25 officers on the ground and a helicopter providing aerial support," San Bernardino sheriff's officials said in a written statement.

"As the number of cabins, rentals and unoccupied/vacation homes diminishes, the amount of personnel and resources needed has been scaled back accordingly. Although there have been no reported sightings and officers have found no new evidence that points to a location in the Big Bear area, the Sheriff's Department remains committed to the public's safety."

The force has been reduced because there is a smaller area left to be searched, not because authorities believe Dorner is not in the mountain area, said Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the sheriff's department.

Temperatures dropped to 5 degrees in Big Bear Lake over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration warned all airports to be on the look-out for Dorner, who may have flight experience.

"While there is no specific information at this time that Dorner is considering using general aviation, TSA requests that operators use an increased level of awareness concerning any suspicious activity during the coming days," according to the TSA alert.

Dorner's rampage began a week ago in Irvine, where he is accused of fatally shooting Monica Quan and her finance. Quan's father is a former LAPD captain who had represented Dorner during the proceedings that led to his termination. Department officials said Dorner had lied when he accused his training officer of kicking a suspect during an arrest.

On Wednesday night, just hours after authorities identified Dorner as a suspect in the double murder, police believe Dorner shot and grazed in LAPD officer in Corona and then used a rifle to ambush two Riverside police officers, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

Dorner, 33, of La Palma, claimed in an 11,000-word manifesto first posted on his Facebook page that his career was undone by racist colleagues. The document vowed revenge against several other officers he held responsible for his firing in 2008. Dorner also suggested in his manifesto that he supported gay rights and gun control.

"The Violence of action will be HIGH," Dorner writes on his manifesto. "I am the reason TAC alert was established. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty ...

You will now live the life of prey."

Experts who reviewed the manifesto on Thursday said the statements showed a "trifecta of intelligence, mental illness and paranoia."

In the meantime, Donor has led law enforcement across Southern California, from San Diego to Torrance to the Big Bear area, where on Thursday, Dorner's Nissan pickup truck was found burning on a rugged fire access road. Officials said Saturday they'd determined that the axle had snapped, and that he'd set the vehicle ablaze. Inside the burned-out truck, authorities said, they found an arsenal of weapons.

Beck said the Big Bear area remained the last place Dorner was known to be.

He said police are checking on every lead.

But while the hunt for Dorner has centered near Big Bear, other agencies have been looking for clues into his life and how long he may have been planning his rampage.

On Friday, officers served a warrant at a house in La Palma that is owned by Dorner's mother and collected 10 bags of evidence. Police also collected evidence from a Buena Park storage unit, but refused to say what they'd found.

In addition to his training with the LAPD, Dorner also received specialized training as a Navy reservist, earning a rifle marksman ribbon and pistol expert medal. He was assigned to a naval undersea warfare unit and various aviation training units, according to military records.

He took leave from the LAPD for a six-month deployment to Bahrain in 2006 and 2007. An LAPD newsletter has carried a photo of Dorner with then-Chief Bill Bratton, who gave him a gold coin as a souvenir.

Feb. 1 was Dorner's last day with the Navy, which may have triggered his rampage, experts in mental health said.

Beck, meanwhile, said he would review Dorner's case because he wants the public's perception of the LAPD to be positive.

"If there is anything true to what he said, we'll deal with it," Beck said.

Asked by several reporters if police wanted Dorner dead or alive, Beck shook his head.

"That's a real rude term," he said. "I sincerely hope, deep down, we capture him alive, to bring him to court. If he's watching this, I'd say to Mr. Dorner to surrender. End this nightmare."

Anyone with information on Dorner's whereabouts was asked to contact the task force at 213-486-6860. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by calling L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.



Fugitive Christopher Dorner may be able to fly, say Federal aviation officials

by Brian Day

The Transportation Security Agency has cautioned those in the aviation industry to be vigilant as the search continues for Christopher Dorner -- a former LAPD officer and Navy reservist believed to have flight training.

A security advisory distributed to airports and pilots by the federal agency warned that Dorner was believed to have received flight training while in the Navy, "but the extent of his potential flying skills is unknown."

The elusive triple-murder suspect has already travelled hundreds of miles across Southern California in his week long crime-spree, and tried unsuccessfully to steal a boat in San Diego late Wednesday.

"While there is no specific information at this time that Dorner is considering using general aviation, TSA requests that operators use an increased level of awareness concerning any suspicious activity during the coming days," according to the TSA alert.

Suggested precautions included securing unattended aircraft, verifying cargo and passengers, keeping an eye out for unknown pilots or personnel, watching out for altered or inconsistent identification and being aware of anyone persons "who appear tu be under stress or the control of other persons."

The TSA requested any aircraft thefts be reported immediately, and any suspicious activity reported to local law enforcement as well as the TSA.




Middle Schooler Planned to Shoot 23 Students and 1 Teacher

by Ashley Davis

A 7th grade student in Poway sent an email to a school administrator over the weekend threatening to shoot a teacher and 23 students on Monday morning.

After detectives investigated the boy's house, they found numerous rifles and handguns.

The threat was sent to an administrator at Twin Peaks Middle School on Friday night. The email referred to 3,000 rounds of ammunitions and explained the types of firearms he planned to use during the shooting.

A teacher referenced in the email was confused about why the student included her and referred to her by name, while the students were unnamed.

“I kept asking myself, ‘Why me?' Literally wracking my brain trying to figure out who it is,” she said.

Though the student sent the email anonymously, detectives worked with the Poway Unified School District and Sand Diego's Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team to identify where the email came from.

Once the student was identified, they searched his house and confiscated rifles, handguns and several computers.

On Saturday night, the boy was taken into custody and admitted to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Authorities believe he was planning to conduct the shooting alone as no evidence suggests anyone else was involved.

“This could really happen anytime, anywhere,” a Poway teacher said.

Superintendent John Collins said, “Obviously, this situation is both saddening and disturbing. However, it is critical that all touched by this threat understand that the system worked.”

Capt. Bill Donahue of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the weapons were locked up when they searched his house and were under the supervision of his father.

“The student did not have access to the weapons. They were in the care and custody of the father,” Donahue said.

In a press conference Sunday, Collins praised everyone involved in the response to the threat:

“Following the protocols that the district and local law enforcement have established, each agency acted along with the district in full coordination to resolve the threat issue quickly, efficiently and without incident,” said Collins. “We would also like acknowledge the parents of the child, thanking them for their cooperation in what must be an extremely difficult situation regarding their child.”

Classes will continue as usual on Monday but extra security will be enforced.