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Christopher Dorner: cabin fire was not intentional, say police

I’ve been hesitant to write about this story due to some unresolved ambivalence on my part.

On one hand, I recognize completely that Christopher Dorner coldly murdered four people.  There is absolutely no justification for such actions by a sane and rational human being.  The question remains, however, was he sane and rational?  It seems to me Dorner had some serious psychological issues…yet…there was no talk of his psychological state.  Only that a big black ex-Navy sniper was running wild killing police officers.

This tweet summed it all up for me:

The Guardian

Sheriff’s office confirms pyrotechnic teargas canisters were launched into cabin but ‘we didn’t intend to burn it down’

Police have confirmed they started the blaze that engulfed Chris Dorner’s cabin but said the use of pyrotechnic canisters had not been intended to cause a fire.

“It was not on purpose. We didn’t intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr Dorner out,” John McMahon, a spokesperson for San Bernardino sheriff’s department, told a news conference on Wednesday night.

The admission followed speculation and controversy over whether authorities started the blaze to trap and kill a fugitive who had killed four people and terrorised police in a bloody vendetta against California‘s law enforcers.

Forensic scientists have not yet positively identified the human remains recovered from the cabin following Tuesday’s siege but McMahon said his department had little doubt they belonged to Dorner, 33, a former LAPD officer. “We believe that this investigation is over at this point.”

Link to video: Christopher Dorner: ‘police discuss burn plan’ – audio

 

The LAPD stood down from high alert and resumed regular policing, marking the end of a week-long drama of shootouts, chases and the biggest US manhunt in living memory.

Riverside police buried officer Michael Crain, 34, a father of two gunned down last week, to the accompaniment of bagpipes after a funeral cortege was led by police motorcycles.

The San Bernardino sheriff’s department named the deputy who died in Tuesday’s siege as Jeremiah MacKay, 35, a married veteran of the force with a seven-year-old daughter and four-month-old son.

Witnesses filled in details of Dorner’s dramatic bid to escape the mountains of San Bernardino, where he had holed up for five days, but key questions were left unanswered.

A sheriff’s department spokesman declined to explain how deputies missed Dorner while he hid apparently for five days in a cabin five minutes’ walk from the command centre that was used to direct a dragnet of 200 officers.

In desperation authorities drummed up a $1m reward for information leading to his capture, thought to be the largest bounty in California’s history.

The search around the mountains east of LA had been winding down on Tuesday when two housekeepers entered the cabin. Dorner tied them up and made off in a stolen purple Nissan. One of the housekeepers freed herself and alerted authorities.

Fish and wildlife department officers intercepted the vehicle and gave chase. Dorner shot and hit their vehicle but caused no injuries. He crashed, then commandeered a silver Dodge Ram pick-up belonging to Angelus Oaks resident Rick Heltebrake. Dorner pointed a rifle at Heltebrake’s head and ordered him out.

“I did not feel like he wanted to hurt me,” said the local camp ranger. “It was clear I wasn’t part of his agenda and there were other people down the road that were part of his agenda. Unfortunately he found them and now we have one less sheriff’s deputy in San Bernardino.”

Dorner briefly shook off his pursuers by overtaking two school buses and leaving the highway, said Patrick Foy, a spokesman with the fish and wildlife department, but other units found him after he again crashed. He fled on foot to the nearest rental cabin and was swiftly surrounded.

Swat teams lobbed traditional teargas canisters into the cabin but as Dorner kept firing they switched to pyrotechnic ones. “It does generate a lot of heat. We introduced those canisters into the residence and a fire erupted,” said McMahon. Such devices were called burners, he said.

The spokesman’s insistence that the blaze was not intentional appeared to be put in question by an exchange between deputies at the scene during the scene. The exchange was heard on a police scanner and published by the journalist Max Blumenthal.

“We’re gonna go ahead with the plan with the burner. Like we talked about,” said one deputy. Minutes later another deputy’s voice said: “The burner’s deployed and we have a fire.” Social media buzzed with claims that police had sought to burn Dorner alive.

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10 things you need to know today: February 12, 2013

The Week

North Korea conducts a nuclear test, Obama preps for the State of the Union, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

1. NORTH KOREA STAGES LONG-THREATENED NUCLEAR TEST
North Korea confirmed Tuesday that it had conducted its third nuclear test, provoking immediate and harsh criticism from foreign leaders. President Obama called the long-threatened move a “highly provocative act” demanding “swift and credible action by the international community.” China, which had urged Pyongyang not to conduct the test, declared its “staunch opposition” but urged calm. The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday. North Korea’s official KCNA news service said the test involved a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force” than those the reclusive communist regime tested in 2006 and 2009, suggesting the country had made strides toward becoming a full-fledged nuclear power. [New York Times]
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2. CATHOLICS BRACE FOR SELECTION OF NEW POPE
The world’s 1.1 billion Catholics reacted in shock to the news that Pope Benedict XVI would be stepping down on Feb. 28 due to his advancing age and declining strength. Benedict became the first pope in six centuries to resign, and triggered an internal debate over whether his successor — expected to be elected by Easter, which falls on March 31 — should be someone looking to foster a smaller church with more fervent believers, or one with broader appeal and looser restrictions on everything from divorce to condom use. “If you run any business, whether it’s the papacy or a pizza shop, you have to consider if you focus on your core or where you’re expanding,” says Philip Jenkins, an expert on global Christianity at Baylor University. “The question is, who you are going to appeal to?” [Washington Post]
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3. OBAMA HEADS INTO CRUCIAL STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
President Obama is preparing to give his State of the Union address Tuesday night in what could prove a critical moment for his second term. Analysts say Obama has roughly a year to push through his policy priorities — regarding the economy, immigration reform, gun control, and more — before lawmakers begin focusing on the 2014 midterm elections, which could strengthen Republicans and hasten his transition to the “lame-duck” status of presidents ineligible to run again. That makes the speech an important opportunity to build momentum, says Tony Fratto, who was a White House spokesman under George W. Bush. “I don’t want to say it’s the last important speech he’s going to give,” Fratto says, “but the window for a second-term president is fairly narrow.” [Reuters]
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4. EGYPTIANS PROTEST AGAINST MORSI ON ANNIVERSARY OF MUBARAK’S FALL
Egyptian protesters clashed with riot police in front of the presidential palace in Cairo Monday night during a rally marking the second anniversary of the toppling of Hosni Mubarak. Police fired tear gas and water cannons as demonstrators threw stones and spray-painted walls telling the country’s democratically elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, to “leave.” Morsi’s supporters say rivals are trying to dismantle Egypt’s fledgling democracy, but opposition activists say Morsi is using his newfound power to impose an Islamist constitution and deprive them of their rights. [BBC]
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5. SUSPECTS CHARGED IN HADIYA PENDLETON KILLING
Chicago police have arrested two reputed gang members in connection with a shooting that killed 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton last month, just days after she performed with her high school band at President Obama’s second-term inauguration. Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, were charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm in the Jan. 29 attack, which also left two other teens wounded. According to police, Ward confessed, saying he and Williams mistakenly thought some of Pendleton’s companions were members of a rival gang involved in the shooting of Williams last July. [Chicago Tribune]
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6. DORNER CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER
California authorities filed formal murder charges Monday against former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, a fugitive suspected of killing one police officer and trying to kill three others. In an online manifesto, Dorner allegedly claims he wants revenge for his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008. Dorner was charged with capital murder in the ambush of Riverside Officer Michael Crain, meaning he could face the death penalty if caught and convicted. [USA Today]
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7. COURTHOUSE SHOOTING LEAVES THREE DEAD
Police say a man who was locked in a child-custody dispute opened fire in a Delaware courthouse lobby on Monday, killing two women before police fatally shot him. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said one of the women killed was the suspected shooter’s estranged wife, although police did not confirm that and cautioned that only they had access to confirmed information. “It happened so fast,” said courthouse employee Jose Beltran, who was entering the building as the first shots rang out. Two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries. [Associated Press]
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8. PANETTA EXTENDS MILITARY BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta extended 20 military benefits — including education, hospital visitation, family counseling, and more — to gay and lesbian couples on Monday in one of his final acts before he steps aside. Panetta said discrimination based on sexual orientation “has no place in the Department of Defense.” Some benefits, including health care and housing, are still only available to married heterosexual couples under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits heterosexual spouses get. [San Francisco Chronicle]
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9. SI SWIMSUIT ISSUE HITS NEWSSTANDS
Sports Illustrated is releasing the 50th anniversary edition of its popular swimsuit issue on Tuesday. For the second straight year, the eagerly anticipated magazine features model Kate Upton on the cover. Upton is the first model to win the coveted cover spot in consecutive years since Tyra Banks, who did it in 1996 and 1997. Others who have graced more than one cover Christie Brinkley (1979-81), Elle MacPherson (1986 and 1988), and Paulina Porizkova (1984 and 1985). [Bleacher ReportCBS]
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10. HACKERS AIR WARNING OF ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
Pranksters hacked into a Montana TV station’s emergency alert system and issued a brief warning that “bodies of the dead are rising from their graves” and attacking the living. The warning was aired during the Steve Wilkos show on KRTV in the middle of the “Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors” episode. The station quickly issued a statement assuring viewers that there was “no emergency.” [International Business Times]

 

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10 things you need to know today: February 10, 2013

Chinese New Year celebrations take place in London on Feb. 10.

The Week

The first lady attends a Chicago teen’s funeral, the world celebrates Chinese New Year, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

1. NORTHEAST DIGS OUT AFTER BIG WINTER STORM
Utility workers braved temperatures in the teens on Saturday and Sunday to restore power to some 650,000 people in the Northeast who lost electricity during Winter Storm Nemo. Road crews continue to clear snow and ice from streets and sidewalks. More than three feet of snow fell in parts of Connecticut, and more than two feet accumulated on Long Island and in Massachusetts, where the storm caused coastal flooding that forced evacuations of some communities. Airlines were also trying to resume operation on Sunday after canceling some 5,000 flights since Friday. [New York Times]
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2. LAPD TO REOPEN CASE ON FIRING OF SUSPECTED COP-KILLER ON THE LAM
As the massive search for suspected cop-killer Christopher Dorner continues, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it is reopening the investigation into why Dorner, a former LAPD officer, was fired from the force. His firing is apparently what sparked his alleged campaign of revenge that has left three people dead, including a Riverside police officer. Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was reopening the investigation “not to appease a murderer” but to assure the public that his department is fair and transparent. Dorner was stripped of his badge in 2009 after a police disciplinary board found him guilty of making false statements against his training officer, Teresa Evans, who Dorner said kicked a mentally ill man during an arrest in 2007. [Los Angeles Times]
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3. NEW U.S. COMMANDER TAKES OVER IN AFGHANISTAN
U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has taken over command of coalition forces in Afghanistan, after Gen. John Allen handed over the baton on Sunday. Allen expressed optimism about the country’s future adding that “the big benchmark for all of us is going to be the election.” Elections are scheduled for next year, when American presence will be significantly reduced. The last elections, held in 2009, were marred by violence and allegations of corruption. [USA Today]
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4. GOOGLE CHAIRMAN TO SELL PART OF HIS STAKE
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling about 42 percent of his stake in the company, which could potentially net him $2.5 billion. The plan allows Schmidt to spread trades out over a period of one year to reduce the market impact. A Google spokeswoman would not comment on why Schmidt is selling the shares at this time. [Reuters]
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5. MICHELLE OBAMA ATTENDS FUNERAL OF SLAIN CHICAGO TEEN
First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Saturday funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago to mourn the teen who was shot and killed one week after performing with her majorette team at President Obama’s second inauguration. The first lady, who met privately with Pendleton’s family and about 30 of her classmates, did not speak at the funeral, which lasted four hours, and remembered the young woman who aspired to attend Harvard and study pharmacology or journalism. [Washington Post]
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6. BOEING COMPLETES TEST FLIGHT
Boeing completed what it called an “uneventful” test flight of its 787 Dreamliner, the first flight since the planes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems. The purpose of the test was to gather detailed information on the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. The grounding of the Dreamliners has cost airlines tens of millions of dollars. [Reuters]
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7. WORLD CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR 
Revelers in Beijing marked the start of the Lunar New Year on Sunday with a more muted fireworks barrage than previous years because of government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks. The holiday is also being celebrated in Vietnamese and Korean communities, as well as in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration that marks China’s most important family holiday. [Associated Press]
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8. CURIOSITY TAKES HISTORIC DRILL SAMPLE
NASA’s Curiosity rover has drilled deep enough into a Mars rock to obtain a powdered sample for analysis. The grey material from the test hole, which is 16 mm wide and 20 mm deep, will be inspected before making its way to the robot’s onboard labs. Never before has the interior of a rock on another planet been probed in such a way. Drilling is crucial to the Mars mission as Curiosity is investigating whether past environments at this location could ever have supported life. [BBC]
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9. FLU SEASON NEARING END
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the flu season should be over in most of the country within two to three weeks, except in California, where the flu arrived later. Flu season hit the East in late December, almost a month earlier than usual, according to the CDC. The major flu strain circulating in the United States this season, H3N2, also appears to be causing more severe illness, especially in the elderly. [USA Today]
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10. BIG PERFORMANCES COMING AT GRAMMY AWARDS
Justin Timberlake, who will perform at Sunday evening’s Grammys, is one the most highly anticipated acts at the awards ceremony. Timberlake, who’s promoting an upcoming album, has not performed at the show in four years. The ceremony will open at 8 PM ET with a performance by Taylor Swift, and sprinkled throughout the night will be performances by Bruno Mars, Sting, and Rihanna, The Black Keys, Fun., Kelly Clarkson, and more. [Grammy.com]

 

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Ex-cop and murder suspect Christopher Dorner references journalists in manifesto

It will be interesting to see how this saga plays out.

Yes, he’s a very bad guy who shot innocent people and should be held accountable.  Yet, in reading about this guy I just wonder how he made it on the LAPD force to begin with.

He sounds like he is at least….mentally unstable.

Politico

Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner — wanted in connection with a deadly shooting rampage in Southern California — wrote a rambling manifesto referencing a number of TV hosts and journalists.

In the document attributed to Dorner, the man accused of killing three people promises to “bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty” and also praises several journalists:

Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most.

Revoke the citizenship of Fareed Zakaria and deport him. I’ve never heard a positive word about America or its interest from his mouth, ever. On the same day, give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card.

Dorner also picks out dozens of celebrities and other figures in the document. The LAPD believes Dorner wrote the manifesto because of details in it that only he would know, The Associated Press reported on Thursday. A copy of the manifesto can be found at KTTV-Fox 11 News, the Fox owned-and-operated television station in Los Angeles.

And on Thursday, CNN reported that Dorner also sent a package to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Inside the parcel was a hand labeled DVD with a post-it note reading in part “I never lie,” and a souvenir LAPD medallion shot through with bullet holes. The package arrived Feb. 1, but Cooper said it was not opened by him and he first learned of it today.

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Reggie Doucet Jr, 25-Year-Old Hollywood Model And College Football Star, Shot To Death By LAPD In Front Of Playa Vista Home

:::Sigh::: 

LA Weekly

Update: A revised LAPD report says Doucet tried to take the black officer’s gun during the fight — for that, he was immediately killed.

Updated after the jump: LAPD officers are out of the hospital — they were both punched in the head by Doucet. The officer who shot him was a black male who had only been on the force for 17 months. Doucet had no weapon.

Reginald Doucet, Jr, a 25-year-old Playa Vista resident, posted this video to his Twitter account on his way out in Hollywood last night — just hours before he was shot and killed by an LAPD officer:  

I live for this,” he says in the video. “I could be dead right now, and I’m still doing what I’m doing.”

Doucet was apparently on his way to Drai’s Hollywood, the rooftop nightclub at the W Hotel. When he returned home to Playa Vista later that night, he engaged in an argument with his cab driver. That’s when a nearby resident both the driver and nearby residents called the police.

Read more here…

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Michael Jackson’s Seven Doctors Not Criminally Charged in His Death

This is not right, in my opinion…

Black Voices

As investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of pop phenom Michael Jackson, California State Attorney General Jerry Brown’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement has not filed charges against seven of the doctors who treated the entertainer.

Conrad Murray, who was Jackson’s personal physician, was not part of the seven doctors who were scrutinized by the agency. Murray is, however, facing up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Jackson. Jackson died last June after suffering cardiac arrest. Murray is accused of allegedly giving the pop icon a dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and a mix of other drugs that may have contributed to his death at age 50.

The Los Angeles police department requested that Brown’s office investigate the prescribing practices of the doctors who had Jackson as their patient. A spokesperson for Brown’s office says that one of the doctors has been referred to the California Medical Board for prescribing drugs to a Jackson alias.

The state investigation tracked doctors who prescribed controlled substances, recorded the number of prescriptions issued and kept tabs on who was taking the drugs.

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