Despite the fact that former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner is accused of killing a cop and two other innocent people, he actually has amassed a fan base. Some of his supporters call him a “hero” for penning a lengthy manifesto focused on alleged racism and corruption within the LAPD.
Several Dorner supporters on Twitter are referring to the suspected cop killer as an “American hero” and “Dark Knight,” the Huffington Post reports. Here are a few examples:
Chris Dorner is an American hero
— DAE MONTANA(@LE_DAESO) February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner is my hero. If you don’t know who that is, do your research.
— pretty nigga rich ✌ (@therealdutchh) February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner is my hero! Finally someone is trying to change the corrupt LAPD. #Dorner
— Manny Hurtado (@MannyHurtadoLA) February 8, 2013
— Marsellus Wallace (@Marsellus666) February 8, 2013
Chris Dorner already being called a folk hero for exposing the pigs. Sad that the only way he was noticed was by his murdering innocent ppl.
— Koreatown LA (@KoreatownLA) February 7, 2013
Meanwhile, many other Twitter users expressed their disgust that Dorner is being labeled a noble hero.
A Facebook fan page for Chris Dorner calls him “the hero LA deserves, but not the one it needs right now” — words lifted from the Batman movies.
“So we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not the hero. He’s a silent guardian, watchful protector against corruption, he’s our Dark Knight,” the post adds. The page had 769 likes as of Friday afternoon.
Another Facebook page titled “I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner” had over 2,000 likes as of Friday afternoon.
The creator of the page told the Huffington Post that he wanted to steer the narrative away from Dorner’s mental health, because the real story is police corruption.
“I knew that the media was going to turn this into just another ‘He’s a psycho ex-cop ex-military that went insane’ story, and wanted to show that there was more to what was going on than that,” the individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote in a Facebook message. “There is a huge underlying story of police corruption and the plight of a man that tried his best to do good but was relentlessly punished for it.”
Whether some consider him a hero or not, he is a murder suspect so the search for Dorner continued on Friday. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers to hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career.
With bloodhounds in tow, officers went door to door as snow fell, aware to the reality they could be walking into a trap set by the well-trained former Navy reservist who knows their tactics and strategies as well as they do.
“The bad guy is out there, he has a certain time on you, and a distance. How do you close that?” asked T. Gregory Hall, a retired tactical supervisor for a special emergency response team for the Pennsylvania State Police.
“The bottom line is, when he decides that he is going to make a stand, the operators are in great jeopardy,” Hall said.
As authorities weathered heavy snow and freezing temperatures in the mountains, thousands of heavily armed police remained on the lookout throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico.
Police said officers still were guarding more than 40 people mentioned as targets in a rant they said Dorner posted on Facebook. He vowed to use “every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordinance and survival training I’ve been given” to bring “warfare” to the LAPD and its families.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.