Suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner is believed to have been killed in Tuesday’s dramatic standoff with police that ended in flames at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif. However, there are still a number of questions left to answer, including how a murderer earned a fan base.
During a panel discussion on CNN Wednesday, Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live and associate professor at Columbia University, said he understands why people were rooting for Dorner. He also made some shocking remarks about his murderous rampage.
“This has been an important conversation that we’ve had about police brutality, about police corruption, about state violence,” Hill said.
“As far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real life superhero to many people,” he added. “Don’t get me wrong, what he did was awful, killing innocent people was bad, but when you read his manifesto, when you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy.”
Dorner’s supporters were rooting for him because they wanted to see him get vengeance against the system that wronged him, according to Hill.
“It’s almost like watching ‘Django Unchained’ in real life,” Hill explained. “It’s kind of exciting.”
Here’s how “exciting” it was. Dorner killed two cops and two other innocent people during his shooting spree. Among the victims were Monica Quan, a 28-year-old assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, 27-year-old USC safety officer Keith Lawrence, who was also Quan’s fiancé, Riverside police officer Michael Crain, 34, and a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy.
Dorner’s killing rampage probably wasn’t very “exciting” to the victims and their families.
Hill argued that Dorner exposed police brutality and corruption within the LAPD and several of the panelists agreed that his rampage should serve as a catalyst for the country to have that conversation.
Another panelist said “the narrative of Christopher Dorner” resembles a Denzel Washington movie, in which “he was “wronged and stands up for himself and goes out in a blaze of glory. It’s hard for it not to turn into a movie.”
“Exactly,” Hill agreed.
Watch the entire segment via CNN/Mediaite:
As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich points out, Hill actually co-authored a book with convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal in December 2011.