The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department said he would order an investigation into the sacking in 2008 of Christopher Dorner, a fugitive former officer suspected of three killings in southern California.
The manhunt for Mr Dorner, who has said his career was wrecked because of racism, entered a fifth day today, with authorities offering $1m for his arrest. The search appeared to still be centred on the San Bernardino mountains north-east of Los Angeles. He vowed in an online posting to take revenge for the loss of his badge, saying he would use “every bit of small-arms training, demolition, ordnance and survival training I’ve been given” to bring “warfare” to the LAPD.
Police chief Charlie Beck said the new inquiry aimed to reassure the public that he took any allegation of racism seriously. “I do this not to appease a murderer. I do it to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all the things we do,” he said.
That Mr Dorner remains at large has police departments across the region on edge, including in Las Vegas where he has a home. “When you have someone who is highly trained, highly capable, having been a police officer in the past… we take this very seriously,” said Sheriff Greg McCurdy.
One of the three people Mr Dorner is suspected of killing is the daughter of a fellow officer who represented him at hearings that led to his dismissal. Mr Dorner seemingly believed the officer put the interests of the department above his own.
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