Police in danger or dangerous?

by NathalieG on February 10, 2013 - 3:15pm

A former officer of the Los Angeles police department has killed at least three people according to an article in the New York Times by Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett published on February 7th, 2013.  Christopher J. Dorner had been fired from the LAPD in 2008 because he had supposedly made false statements about his training officer.  In a note posted on Facebook, Dorner says that after having tried all ways to clear his name of any wrong doing in court, he has resorted to violence.  The note also lists the names of about 24 police officers that he plans to kill.  The accused is very dangerous because he has been trained to use arms and is good at using them.  In one of his murders, Dorner approached a police car that was parked at a red light and shot at the officers.  The police officer had no chance to defend himself. Searches are still up to try and find the shooter. This is very worrisome for everyone, because the men protecting the city of Los Angeles are the ones being targeted.  It is much harder for them to protect others when they, themselves, have a target on their backs.

Another issue rises from this article.  Dorner was driving a gray Nissan before dropping it near Big Bear and burning it.  Police officers shot down a gray Toyota pickup because they thought Dorner was in it.  However, it was two women delivering newspapers in the car.  They were both injured.  Shouldn’t officers of the law be sure of whom they are shooting at before they shoot? The two innocent women in the Toyota could have been killed for no wrong doing.  I don’t think police are protecting me or anyone else by taking their guns out without it being absolutely necessary.