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Christopher Dorner's Firing 'Justified,' LAPD Review Says

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Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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The LAPD today said that after a "comprehensive review of the firing of former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner" his termination was determined to have been legit.

The department was practically forced to take a second look at Dorner after his "manifesto" hit the press during a rampage that killed four, not including the ex-cop's own demise in a shootout near Big Bear in February.

As an LAPD trainee and rookie, Dorner complained about a supervisor who he said had kicked a down suspect in the head; the department investigated and determined it was Dorner who was lying about the case.

Dorner appeared to hold a massive grudge over his subsequent termination, and he ultimately (allegedly) murdered an LAPD official's daughter and her fiance as well as two cops in his winter rampage.

But a strange thing happened: Other black, ex-LAPD officers concurred with at least one facet of Dorner's claims -- namely that the department was still clouded by a racist, cover-your-ass culture that saw Africa American cops disciplined unfairly.

See also: Joe Jones Manifesto: Black Ex-LAPD Cop Says Of Dorner, 'I Understand'.

Those allegations forced LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to face Dorner's "manifesto" head on.

There was some fear that Rampart-era feelingsabout an LAPD that was seen as an occupying force in some communities of color could be resurrected.

See also: Christopher Dorner: Some African Americans Believe Racism Allegations, Call Him 'Hero'.

In a statement released today Beck said:

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I directed this review because I wanted to ensure that the Los Angeles Police Department is fair and transparent in all that we do.

Earlier this month civil rights legend Connie Rice said she got a peak at the report and leaked that it concluded Dorner was rightfully fired.

Dorner allegedly had a history of embellishing stories and casting false allegations at superiors, Rice said. "The guy needed to go," she said.

The LAPD today said that the city's special assistant for constitutional policing, Gerald Chaleff, and his staff, reviewed Dorner's firing for the past five months:

The report addresses the specifics of Dorner's discharge, including allegations made against Dorner, and the allegations made by Dorner in regard to alleged unfair treatment, retaliation and conflicts of interest surrounding his discharge. The report concludes that based upon the facts and evidence, the discharge of Christopher Dorner was factually and legally proper. According to the report, discharging Dorner from the Department "was not only appropriate, it was the only course the Department could have taken based on the facts and evidence." Dorner was discharged due to consequences of his own actions and that decision was found to be sound and just.

Chaleff:

His discharge was based on his own actions. The allegations he made against his training officer appeared to have been made in an effort to forward his own agenda.

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