We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help to cover it up).
This information is long overdue and it took quite a bit of sleuthing to get it.
If you recall about a year and a half ago the Los Angeles Police Department was on the hunt for Christopher Dorner. Dorner was the former Los Angeles police officer who had went on a rampage against the LAPD in an effort exact revenge for his firing as well as in an effort to try clear his name.
But this post isn’t about Dorner per se.
I want to draw your attention to the early morning of February 7, 2013 when officers on protective duty in Torrance of a high-ranking police official named in Dorner’s manifesto fired approximately 100 shots at a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The officers mistook the blue truck for the gray Nissan Titan Dorner was believed to be driving at the time.
In that truck was Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, who were delivering newspapers. Hernandez was hit and Carranza suffered injuries from flying glass.
When it was all said and done, the city of Los Angeles agreed to a $4.2 million settlement besides the initial $40,000 payment for their truck.
The eight officers involved were found to have violated the department’s policy of using deadly force in a report presented to the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission earlier this year. Police Chief Charlie Beck had the final say though on any discipline the officers might receive.
Despite pressure from the community, Chief Beck and the Los Angeles Police Department continue to refuse to name the officers involved. However, it’s been almost two years now. Dorner’s dead, the victim’s have been compensated, and there’s already been a completed investigation by the department’s Force Investigation Division with the findings reported. I think it’s safe to say that we can move forward. The last piece is the public’s right to know certain information regarding the shooting. Information that’s been requested and asked for numerous times.
So…according to reliable sources, the officers allegedly involved in the February 7, 2013 incident in Torrance connected to the Christopher Dorner manhunt are Sergeant John Valdez, Officer Geoff Lear, Officer John Hart, Officer Franco, and Officer Faber. There three additional officers whose names I will add to this list soon. Hopefully the department will just decide to go ahead and release the names themselves. All of these officers at the time were out of the Hollywood Division as reported in the news. I’m told that they were given the option to transfer out of Hollywood and some stayed some left.