L.A. Cop Shootings Fueled by Racism

Christopher Dorner, who went on a shooting spree killing a police officer and a couple, was motivated by experiences with racism.

Posted: 02/08/2013 09:53 AM EST

The manhunt continues for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles cop who went on a shooting spree this week, killing a police officer and a couple, according to the Associated Press

In 2008, Dorner was fired by the LAPD when they "decided he falsely accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man in the face and chest." The couple he killed last weekend was a woman whose father, an LAPD captain, had represented him as he fought to keep his job, and her fiance.

After Dorner was let go from the LAPD, police believe he wrote a detailed 14-page manifesto, plotting the violent revenge he acted out. In the document, he describes his anger as being caused by racism he experienced from his childhood up until his dismissal from the LAPD.  

The Associated Press reports:

Dorner recalls that he beat up a fellow student who called him a racial slur on the playground while in the first grade. The principal punished the student, but also chastised Dorner for not turning the other cheek, "as Jesus did."

"That day I made a life decisions that I will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me," he wrote.

He also recalls sticking up for a fellow cadet in the police academy when other recruits sang Hitler youth songs and taunted the man, who was the son of a Holocaust survivor, and placing another recruit in a choke hold after the man used a racial slur and refused to stop when Dorner objected.

In the latter instance, Dorner filed a complaint against two of his fellow recruits, but only one of the men was disciplined and it left him bitter, according to court records. He would later tell a colleague the LAPD was corroded by the racism of some of its officers.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

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