Published February 08, 2013
Latinos are “high value targets” for a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who is alleged to have started a killing spree and is now a fugitive on the run in the Southwest or even Mexico.
More than 100 officers from various agencies were searching for Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear Lake region of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.
"We're going to continue searching until either we discover that he left the mountain or we find him, one of the two," San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said at a news conference Friday.
The saga began Sunday night, when Monica Quan, the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain, and fiance Keith Lawrence were found shot in their car at a parking structure at their condominium in Irvine.
The following morning, some of Dorner's belongings, including police equipment and paperwork with names related to the LAPD, were found in a trash bin in National City, near San Diego.
The LAPD was notified of the find, and two days later informed Irvine police of an angry manifesto written on Facebook.
In the manifesto, Dorner rails against racism and even said he would target African-Americans, Asian and Latino officers who helped promote prejudice in the department.
“Those Hispanic officers who victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights,” Dorner wrote. “You call them wetbacks to their face and demean them in front of fellow officers of different ethnicities so that you will receive some sort of acceptance from your colleagues. I'm not impressed. Most likely, your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one time, but you have forgotten that. You are a high value target.”
Los Angeles officers guarding a target named in the manifesto shot and wounded two Latino women in suburban Torrance who were in a pickup truck delivering newspapers. Investigators said Maggie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were in a Toyota Tacoma, similar to Dorner's Nissan Titan. Carranza had minor hand injuries. Hernandez was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in the back. A lawyer said they had no warning.
Though the focus is on the resort area, the search for Dorner now stretches across California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico. Los Angeles police officers are especially on edge because Dorner promised in rambling writings to bring "warfare" to police and their families.
"Here's the bottom line: We don't know if he's on foot or not," said LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese. "Is he on foot up on the mountain? Is he down the mountain? We don't know."
Dorner, a former Naval reservist and onetime college running back, was fired from the LAPD years ago. Albanese said it's not known why the violence is occurring now.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.
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