It’s a disturbing document to read, especially knowing that the guy who wrote it has murdered at least three people and wounded two more: one of the dead and the two wounded are his brother (?) cops. It may be most disturbing in its banality, this guy is saying he’s killing people because a he-said, she-said complaint situation went against him? Or because someone called him “nigger” in grade school? Sure, that’s an ugly racial slur, but we’d venture to guess that at some time or another someone threw that insult at every black man in America, and they don’t go around shooting people.
The document in its entirety and verbatim has been posted by Pat Dollard here. Thanks, Pat. (Note that Pat mis-identifies this creature as a retired police officer. He is a fired police officer, a very different thing).
It’s also extremely disappointing that some media (We’re looking at you, KTLA) have edited the manifesto to elide some of the opinions the murderer shares with most media members. It’s not too shocking to read that he likes President Obama: we know about half of America does, judging by their votes, and it’s not the President’s fault that one of his followers is an angry murderer. The killer ex-cop’s opinions on gun control were a little more… bizarre. Somehow we don’t think that Sen. Feinstein will be thrilled by this clown’s endorsement of her gun-ban bill. On the other hand, gun-rights advocates will note that this is one more criminal’s call to disarm the law-abiding.
Then again, maybe Feinstein will be thrilled. Some liberal Democrat named Allan MacDonnell at the Huffington Post praised the multiple murderer for his gun-control advocacy. That’s sickness squared.
When a policeman breaks the law, it’s always disturbing; but when one commits murder it’s an inversion of the normal and correct way of things. We’re hard on cops in this space, enough so that many who wear the blue uniform think we’re too demanding, too critical, even too cruel. But it’s because we’ve always looked up to cops; even knowing they’re just human beings, we want them to rise to the badge, and not drag the badge down.
The actions of this bad cop can’t reflect on his peers. He was so bad that he got fired which is very difficult (police workers are generally protected by a union and ironclad civil service protections, so only the most unfit get the boot). Judging only from his own self-serving narrative, it seems likely that his firing was due to ethical lapses during a probationary rookie period.
What does reflect ill on other cops is the trigger happy response so far, one that’s seen thousands of citizens flagged by recklessly-handled rifles and auto weapons, and several shot and wounded. You are better than that, guys.
This killer is not only a cop, but also a veteran. But his crimes are not the fault of the military, the war, or the police. They are his own, and a major theme in his “manifesto” is failure to take ownership of his own crimes.
It’s hard to pick what paragraph(s) of this long dog’s breakfast of a tirade to discuss, but here are a couple of paragraphs.
I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn’t need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It’s in my DNA.
The overweening self-regard and diminished self-awareness in that paragraph is stunning. This guy is running around killing people, he wrote those words in the knowledge that he was about to go do just that, and yet he is a colossal Gulliver, beset all around by nasty Lilliputians. This is one of the more extreme products of the tee-ball generation, of self-esteem as the ultimate end in education. This guy’s self-esteem is off the charts. Too bad he’s a dirtbag. He continues in his delusion in the very next paragraph:
Luckily I don’t have to live everyday like most of you. Concerned if the misconduct you were apart of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the Captains office wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported the UOF to the supervisor. No, I don’t have that concern, I stood up for what was right but unfortunately have dealt with the reprocussions of doing the right thing and now losing my name and everything I ever stood for. You fuckers knew Evans was guilty of kicking (excessive force) Gettler and you did nothing but get rid of what you saw as the problem, the whistleblower. Gettler himself stated on video tape ( provided for the BOR and in transcripts) he was kicked and even his father stated that his son said he was kicked by Evans when he was released from custody. The video was played for the entire BOR to hear. Tingirides, Eisenberg, and Martella all heard it. You’re going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his NAME!!!
Again, pulling any particular graf out of the thing is reductionist and diminishes the impact of the whole thing… if you can bear to read the whole, endless, dreadful, sick thing.
And if the LAPD has been a little jumpy, maybe it’s because they read this (emphasis added):
Self Preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09. I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.
From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers.
Yeah, you might be on a hair trigger too if a guy who calls you an “enemy combatant” is running around loose somewhere shooting at random folks dressed in your uniform. He went on to identify particular officers as “high value targets,” including:
- White officers assigned to LAPD’s South Bureau (several precincts in a largely minority area). His rationale for this is: they want to be there to beat black people.
- Black supervisors in that same bureau. His rationale here is unclear, but seems to be that they like to lord it over the bad white cops, and so spread racial hatred (yes, this is not sane or clear thinking on several levels. Read it yourself and see if we misunderstood… not being bughouse batshit crazy we can’t exactly follow this guy).
- Hispanic officers, whose objective is supposedly to mistreat freshly immigrated Hispanics. (Same comment applies).
- Asian officers, for not taking sides (in the black/white racial squabble? He’s unclear).
- Lesbian supervisors, for hating men.
In addition to those broad categories, he named specific supervisor names as his target list: “Bratton, Beck, Hayes, Tingirides, Eisenberg, Martella, Quan, Evans, Hernandez, Villanueva/Gallegos, and Anderson.” Reportedly, the detectives that did the grossly negligent multiple mag-dump into the wrong make/model/year/cab style/color pickup truck, wounding two innocent Asian old ladies, were guarding one of his enumerated targets.
He even has a message to the public who may observe his murder or wounding of cops:
Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can’t wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, “that’s the paramedics job…not mine”. Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.
Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.
He had a message for the family members of his victims, and it wasn’t an apology:
To those children of the officers who are eradicated, your parent was not the individual you thought they were. As you get older,you will see the evidence that your parent was a tyrant who loss their ethos and instead followed the path of moral corruptness. They conspired to hide and suppress the truth of misconduct on others behalf’s. Your parent will have a name and plaque on the fallen officers memorial in D.C. But, In all honesty, your parents name will be a reminder to other officers to maintain the oath they swore and to stay along the shoreline that has guided them from childhood to that of a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer.
There is very little limit to the degree of self-serving in this manifesto. One closing quote:
No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I’ve ever was. As a young police explorer I found my calling in life. But, As a young police officer I found that the violent suspects on the street are not the only people you have to watch. It is the officer who was hired on to the department (pre-2000) before polygraphs were standard for all new hires and an substantial vetting in a backround investigation.
You know, no one does grow up wanting to be a cop killer. And the way most of us achieve that noble goal of not being a cop killer is childishly simple: not killing cops. That option was always open to this man, up until he dropped the hammer on the first cop.
Now, it’s somewhat understandable that the police officers of Southern California see it as “Us or Him,” and they’re leaning forward to make sure it’s “him.” Understandable but unfdortunate, because other weak minds will see the consequences and think there was something other than whining and excuses in this manifesto.