There is a manhunt for Chris Dorner, 33, of La Palma, who is wanted in the killings of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence, her fiance. Quan is the daughter of former police captain Randal Quan, who represented Dorner in his departmental hearing that resulted in him being fired from the LAPD in 2008. Police said Dorner exchanged gunfire with police officers in Corona around 1 a.m. Thursday, grazing the head of one of them. About a half hour later, he ambushed two Riverside officers, killing one, police said.
Experts who examined his manifesto said Dorner expresses a range of emotions, from outrage over racism he experienced as a first-grader to a violent incident as a rookie police officer, to his anguish witnessing a fellow cop beating a mentally ill man. However, I too have read the letter, and Dorner is feed-up with racism and the various injustices it has engendered in American society. This is his last stand, his statement. Brian Levin, a professor of criminal justice at Cal State San Bernardino and a former LAPD officer said, "It's not about him being against law enforcement. We're talking about someone who basically perceives that a tremendous injustice has been done to him that took his life and his identity. Now he's at war." It is believed that his dismissal as commanding officer of a Naval Security Forces reserve unit this month, unleashed frustration from years of feeling disrespected. As a result, he wants to "eradicate the symbols of injustice," Levin said. Levin and others experts believe Dorner is not only a risk to police, but others, because he justifies the killings. However, after reading the letter, it seems Dorner is clear in who he will take revenge upon. His manifesto is not some irrational document of blind revenge but a pointed one with specific grievances, and specific targets.
Was Dorner inspired by Django Unchained and decide to make the lead character more tangible. It is not my intention to make light of the situation, but clearly Dorner is reacting to the pressures and conditions of living in a racist society; a place where people of color are disrespected, and discriminated against everyday. His extreme reaction is the exception rather than the rule. Diane Vines, a professor of nursing at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles who specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and civilians, said, "It's almost a duty in his mind to make these things right, for the sake of other people, not just his own sake," Vines said. "It's a calling that he's taken on." "We know PTSD sufferers have unexplained anger," Vines said.
Do Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) sufferers have unexplained anger too?