Two Black Cops Write Statements About Racism in LAPD

Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary and former officer Joe Jones are revealing their own experiences, in light of the Dorner shootings. 

Posted: 02/14/2013 12:15 PM EST

Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary and former officer Joes Jones are speaking up about racism in the LAPD. (Photos from left: twitter/4topcat, Facebook/JoeJones)

Christopher Dorner is believed to have died in a burning cabin Tuesday, according to The Los Angeles Times. The ex-LAPD cop was wanted for killing three people, including a police officer.

Before Dorner's shooting spree, he wrote a manifesto explaining that his rage was motivated by racism he faced from childhood until being fired from the LAPD. Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary, a Black LAPD officer, and Joe Jones, a former one, are opening up about their own experiences with racism in the police department.

They support Dorner's belief that the LAPD needs reform, but had also asked Dorner to stop the killings. 

The LA Weekly reports:

Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary posted a "personal appeal" on the website of Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable president Earl Ofari Hutchinson overnight. In it the sergeant says he still has ongoing concerns about racism in the department but that Chief Charlie Beck is a rare top cop "trying to make LAPD a better organization:"

... There's still much work to be done ... Some may say that nothing has changed with the leadership in the LAPD. ... Trust me I have been in the fight with the organization regarding social and racial injustice within the LAPD. Currently, I am the only out spoken African-American within the organization that possesses the moral courage to confront and ask questions unflinchingly about race, racism and discrimination in the LAPD. Yet still, I have paid a humiliating price inside the LAPD for preserving and believing in the importance of "I Have a Dream."

Not exactly an endorsement for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's insistence over the weekend that the department has made "strides" to shed a troubled past, strides he said he doesn't want undone by what appear to be Dorner's vengeful accusations of racism.

Joe Jones, who joined the LAPD in 1989 and quit after eight years, posted his manifesto to his Facebook page. "I understand why he snapped," he told LA Weekly.

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