The manhunt for a murderous Los Angeles cop on a killing spree continues in California.
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, according to the Associated Press.
It's unclear who presents a greater risk to the average person on the street, however: Dorner or some of the police looking for him:
"were looking for a large black man, but these two women driving a similar truck will do just fine, fire away" Now that is some good policing.
I vividly recall the events of August 24, 1994, the day two St. Paul police officers were shot dead in seprate incidents by the same suspect. The emergency room at Regions Hospital (where I worked) was filled with very upset police officers, several with shotguns in hand. Both shot officers were at Regions.
As the suspect of the shootings was in the same ER, it was a very tense situation -- the cops were really on edge, and you could feel it in the air.
The interviewed attorney had it right, and the police spokespeople have it completely wrong. A case of mistaken identity should lead to some citizens being surrounded and ordered to come out of their vehicle slowly. It'd be scary, but no real harm would be done.
This is vigilantism on the part of the police involved; they're trying to kill the guy. Arresting him doesn't seem to be in their thoughts.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. There'd be no shortage of work for the writer that wanted to start a column solely about police misconduct. I'd name the column To Serve and Protect.