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In the movie "Django Unchained," a slave gets his revenge on White slave owners by killing them. Many believe this modern-day "Spaghetti Western" created the label of the "bad Black man" (Django) that has been given to accused murderer and ex-Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher Dorner.
Looking at the social dynamics of the past two weeks--during which Dorner was the subject of a statewide manhunt--the accusation was made by at least two talking heads on news shows that he was acting out the plot of Django, attempting to exact revenge on those that wronged him.
By now many individuals are familiar with the name Christopher Jordon Dorner. He was named a suspect in a number of Southern California attacks on civilians and police officers, that resulted in the deaths of four individuals.
There is evidence of racial polarization on the issue on blogs, in barbershops, coffee shops and watering holes and the feelings may be a reflection of your socio-economic status or the part of town you were raised in.
Since the online re-posting of Dorner's 11,000 word manifesto, a group of individuals silently held their thoughts and watched as this situation unfolded.
These individuals are African American police officers who were interviewed about the working environment of the Los Angeles Police Department prior to Dorner's death.
The names of the officers in this article (22 in total were interviewed) have been changed to protect their identity. Many of them have ongoing unresolved conflicts with the department.
Officer D.A.: "They have created a Monster. He is mad. He is a government-trained killer, and he is an atheist. If you could have a conversation with him it would be a first because you would be talking to a police officer who is already dead." That is how this former police officer described Dorner. "This is a guy that believes he was done wrong by his employer, the LAPD, and he is upset. I am not surprised. Do you think the Los Angeles Fire Department has exclusivity to racism? He is using military escape and evade tactics, and the LAPD realize they are dealing with a time bomb. I wonder if the people in charge realize they pushed him to the edge, or (do they) still remain in denial. This will end as a military action because most of the guys hunting him have military experience."
More than a dozen African American LAPD officers, with no less than 10 years of experience, had nothing good to say about their agency in regards to its treatment of Black officers. Some complained of not being able to sleep thinking about the dilemma that Dorner faced. One officer described it as a scream using every part of your body to generate a cry for help, but you are incapable of making a sound.
Another officer believes if racist actions would move beyond conversations with a spouse, a significant other, or a fellow African American officer; if they could openly share their problem in a group-like setting then Black LAPD officers like Dorner would realize they are not the only one.
Other African American officers have been in their shoes and have survived without killing innocent people. The issue is management finding out that you are not happy with your job.