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 cover it up).
I had originally wrote this as a random thought on my Facebook page but later decided it warranted posting to my blog.
When Christopher Dorner became an armed and dangerous fugitive the LAPD spared no personnel in finding him and didn’t care if where they were searching for him was LAPD territory or another law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction. Remember that Torrance incident? Anyway, the same can’t be said in the search for recently fired LAPD cop Henry Solis. This man is wanted for murder in Pomona and it’s like business as usual, even with the media who seems to barely be reporting on the fact that there is a police officer on the run wanted for committing a murder. What’s that all about? I mean one could argue that both the news media and the LAPD put more effort into Sunday’s South L.A. shooting on 65th and Broadway–which by the way yielded nothing more than a few folks be detained and released.
Now granted Dorner was wanted for targeting his fellow colleagues and their families, but this Solis guy shot a man on the street and took off and I am sure the vic’s family feels that their loved ones life is just as important as any cops or relative’s of cops lives. Not to mention the fact that Solis probably used one of his duty weapons to commit the murder—hopefully not the city issued one because that could be even more problematic.
If nothing changes, Friday will be one whole week this guy has been on the lam and the only thing that’s been found is his car and it was literally parked four blocks away from the scene of the crime. So either he’s that good or the Los Angeles and the Pomona police departments aren’t.
Firing Solis doesn’t absolve the LAPD of having anything to do with what happened. Solis was a Los Angeles police officer when he committed the murder. The fact that he’s been fired since then is a minor detail and was quite frankly expected.
So what’s the difference?