Former LAPD Deputy Chief Says Dorner Could Target Command Posts

Events like Sunday’s Grammy Awards could be on Christopher Dorner’s hit list, a former LAPD intelligence chief said on “CBS Morning News” on Saturday.

Los Angeles police are worried about being targeted at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, a former Los Angeles deputy police chief said Saturday.

John Miller, now a senior correspondent at CBS News, said that former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner has a plan that could include targeting a police command post at a major incident, such as the nationally telecast Grammy broadcast at the Nokia Theater Sunday.

Speaking on the “CBS Morning News” Saturday, Miller said he has talked with Los Angeles police and found them to “have an anxiety factor that is unbelievable.”

Miller said Dorner probably did not plan to abandon his truck, loaded with weapons, in Big Bear.

“The reason it was there was not because it was where he was going, he broke the axle,” Miller said on Saturday’s broadcast.

“He probably left only the ammo he couldn't carry,” the CBS News senior correspondent said. Miller, a former FBI assistant director, served as LAPD’s intelligence chief under then-chief William Bratton.

Dorner, Williams theorized, may have a plan and “could circle back and attack the command post.”

“Look at the organic things that happen in Los Angeles,” Miller said. “There will be the Grammys Sunday in Los Angeles, where you will have a major police command post.

“I’ve spoken with people there and their problems are very interesting,” Miller said. “One problem is, can they get enough cops to police the Grammys, when they have had everyone out deployed on this?”

Williams’ comments were made on Saturday’s national telecast, and posted at cbsnews.com later in the day.

-City News Service

JustUs February 11, 2013 at 07:47 AM
"This is a man of color, and they want to gun him down. Is this still illegal or did they change that law also?" Whoever is at the scene of the final shooting and gets it on cell phone video could probably write his own ticket. If the cops conduct themselves in the same manner as they did with those asian women in Torrance Dorner's surviving kin would probably own LAPD, the new HQ's, all the vehicles, uniforms, crime lab, jail, weapons, massive supply of donuts in the warehouse.... they would own it all. If one feels lucky it might be a good time to circle around LA and search for the clash of the titans. Dirty Hairy might even show up. Who knows?
Chris McLaughlin February 11, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I don't think too many people are going to have a lot of heartburn over gunning down Dorner with little warning if and when they find him. In his 'manifesto' he seems pretty resigned to the fact that he's not coming out of this alive, anyway. I wish he'd come in peacefully though so he can elaborate on his allegations while being tried for the murders he's committed. I think he has a lot to say on how corrupt LAPD is. As far as the legality of Shoot First/Confirm Identity Later, that may be why Chief Charlie Beck is now using the T word in regards to Dorner. The rules change significantly when you're dealing with a 'terrorist'...
JustUs February 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
"I think he has a lot to say on how corrupt LAPD is." I think most LAPD cops know about the corruption within their ranks and higher. The difference is that Dorner spoke out because he got hosed and the rest remain silent. For they know which side of their toast is buttered and who put it there. That 'code of silence' is very real. Regardless of all the vehement denials you hear about. It's the secret that everyone knows about.
Chris McLaughlin February 12, 2013 at 05:24 AM
The issue of dealing with Police corruption is a tough one. I think it's typical in that it's the same type of themes with all public-sector unionized jobs that have trouble dealing with their own 10% (i.e tenured teachers who can't be fired, career firefighters who can't stop hazing or being racist, unethical Congressmen, etc.), but in the case of the Police, their very essence is based on authority/being in charge/maintaining control, and so for them, dismissing allegations of corruption must feel like they're just doing their jobs, and the idea that a regular citizen has anything to meaningful to say about their job performance is a non-starter with most Police. I believe the only thing they listen to is their chain of command, so non-violent change would have to happen from the top-down, not the bottom-up or from external forces/movements. For the LAPD, I think the only hope for them is to have an outside agency/higher authority monitor them/intervene in a meaningful way. They're certainly aren't just going to improve on their own. These press conferences they've been holding and incidents lately of Shoot First/Positively Identify the Target Later are sad and tragic. Someone said it best on one of these posts about the first priority needs to be to find this guy, but then the very next step is to have the FBI or US Atty's Office do a thorough probe of the LAPD at all levels.
JustUs February 12, 2013 at 05:55 AM
I think you scratched the surface, Chris. It's mostly a power thing....you know like "I can shoot innocent 71 year old women in the back 2 times and keep my job and there's nothing that you can do about it", in your face kinda thing. "I got the power and you don't." It's really pretty sick and uncivilized. Like the way one would expect savages to act. And the ones who run the departments think it's normal behavior until you try it - and then you get 15 years to life for the same stuff a cop pulls. That's what good, law-abiding, decent, civilized and productive citizens find so disgusting about it all. A completely double standard and LOWER standard that they police are held to as compared to the average everyday citizen. It really is the makings of a police state, not much different than you would find in any banana republic. Unfortunately I don't think reform with come through peaceful means. What I see today is analagous to a pressure cooker. Steam is building up in the pot but the value which emits the steam has malfunctioned. It builds, and builds and builds and builds until it goes BOOM. Sort of like what we saw in South Central in 1992. I fear that we are on that same path. And nobody will win. But egos are too big today for those in charge to come together, recognize the problem and move to make the necessary reforms. And why would the police change when they benefit from the status quo? Immunity from the laws and paid like medical doctors w/GED ed's.


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