One of the most popular comic book characters of the last 30 years is The Punisher. A relentless vigilante whose sense of justice and insatiable thirst for revenge leads him to wage war on criminals. This isn’t Spider-Man or Batman where they beat up the super villain, toss him in jail and then do the same dance over again six months later. The Punisher puts his enemies under the ground as he dispatches his own version of justice with brutal, relentless efficiency.
Maybe that’s what the supporters of rogue cop Christopher Dorner found so compelling about him. Here was the man who finally had enough and pushed back–hard. He waded in blood and gore up to his knees and struck fear in the hearts of a police force and a city until he met his demise in a firefight as the cabin in the woods he took refuge in became a crematorium.
Sure, The Punisher is despicable and not remotely heroic. So what? The criminals he goes after aren’t the bottom of the barrel, they’re what’s under the barrel. The worst of the worst. The scummiest of the scum. But he endures because The Punisher gets shit done.
Those are sentiments Chris Dorner probably would endorse wholeheartedly.
The Punisher has built an audience because he doesn’t enforce the law, he provides justice. Swift, merciless, vicious, final. There’s a vicarious appeal to the simplicity of The Punisher and if you think that’s creepy, I get that. I think the fools who have exalted a twisted sicko like Christopher Dorner are much creepier and that is as “real life” as it gets.
The LAPD doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. They got their label as one of America’s most racist police forces the old-fashioned way: they earned it. You can go back to the 1940’s and find numerous incidents of how racist the cop shop is out there.
Every LAPD cop isn’t a racist. Every LAPD cop doesn’t brutalize suspects or act like an occupying force. I despise broad-brush thinking because it requires no thinking at all And let’s not forget that up to 2008, Chris Dorner was proud to be a cop on the LAPD.
Someone on my Facebook feed wasn’t reluctant to admit to defend Dorner.
I LIKE Dorner and appreciate his message. He seems to have been a good brother who chose a tragic path — and that started with joining the LAPD, an institution riddled with racism and corruption. I’ve been familiar with LAPD since the revelations surrounding its Rampart Division and automatically accepted Dorner’s complaints as probable facts.
His actions at least have once again raised the matter of the (routine) practices of excessive force, racism and corruption in LAPD for public scrutiny.
It saddens me that the brother is likely now deceased — and I’m saddened by the deaths of his (and LAPD’s) innocent victims.
As one of his victims was Keith Lawrence, a Black man who was Monica Quan’s fiancée, I don’t consider Dorner to be any sort of “brother.” Kill a brother and you stop being one.
I’m aware that Dorner killed a brother, and I’ve already said that he took a tragic path — tragic for him and for his innocent victims. His grievances, however, still appear to be justified. And his choices, however wrong, however illegal, however destructive have had the positive effect of heightening the profile of the inner workers of LAPD — a good thing.
I can’t split the good from the evil that evenly. Dorner’s grievances are secondary to his monstrous crimes and it isn’t a close second.
It’s not that Dorner’s complaints have no truth to them. It’s that the means he chose to bring them to light are reprehensible and unforgivable. By me at least, but then I hold my “martyrs” to a pretty high standard.
If Dorner wanted to raise the matter of excessive force, racism and corruption in the LAPD, he should have chosen another way to do it that didn’t include murdering four people. You don’t expose evil by using equally evil means to do so.
Many of those who supported Dorner’s short, but bloody run, know he’s a wrong number, but they can still rationalize away his evil deeds because he was pushed to the edge by an even more evil system. They tell themselves it was okay if he did bad things to people who did nothing to him as long he was striking fear and terror in the hearts of the real bastards: the LAPD.
In a time when it seems like the little criminals are locked up while the big ones walk, there will always be a romantic urge to embrace the lone wolf whose solution to complex problems is to take direct, forceful action. Americans love their outlaws.
Which is b.s., but that’s how rationalizations work.
Nancy Dorner, the mother of the former cop turned cop killer issued a statement after the body in the charred remains of the cabin was positively identified as her son, “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher’s actions. We do not condone Christopher’s actions. ”
Got that Dorner groupies? You may have lost your sense of right and wrong, your common sense and your senses as a whole, but the woman who knew Christopher Dorner the best could not–would not–condone the appalling acts of her son. What makes you think you know him better than she? She gave birth to him and raised him. You read a manifesto? You don’t know him at all.
I can’t count how many damns I do not give if Dorner, the LAPD or Casper the Friendly Ghost set that cabin on afire. A bad man met a bad end and I say that’s tough.
The four families who are burying their dead have it tougher. So for anyone who is wringing your hands and squirting tears for Dorner frying up like a burnt wiener, squeeze one or two out for them as well.
They are the ones whom actually deserve them.
- Wanted: Dead, Not Alive: The LAPD is Afraid of What Renegade Cop Chris Dorner has to Say (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Who was Christopher Dorner and why was he so angry? (ctvnews.ca)
- CA Shooter: ‘I am a Man Who Has Lost Complete Faith in the System’ (alternet.org)
- Second LAPD Officer Comes Forward With A Manifesto. Fears Dying But Speaks Out (oolith.wordpress.com)