LAPD Offers $1 Million Reward for Christopher Dorner Information (VIDEO)
Feb 11, 2013 11:13 AM EST
The search for the fugitive ex-police officer, Christopher Dorner, wanted in the killings of three people, continues as police authorities are offering a $1 million reward leading to his arrest, wanted for multiple counts of murder last week.
Dorner is the subject of a massive manhunt throughout Southern California.
"We will not tolerate anyone undermining the tranquility of our neighborhoods and our communities," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters on Sunday. "We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of the peace of mind that residents of Southern California deserve. We will not tolerate this murderer remaining at large."
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the offer - raised in conjunction with businesses, private donors and community group is "the largest ever offered to our knowledge."
The police hope the reward could help lead to both Dorner's capture and conviction. The suspect is a 270-pound, 6-foot former Navy officer, who was fired in 2009 for filing a false complaint of excessive force against his training officer. Police Chief Beck called Dorner a "trained assassin."
Beck also said that the LAPD would re-examine its proceedings against Dorner, saying the review is "not to appease a murderer [but] "to reassure the public that their police department is transparent and fair in all things we do," he said. "I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD's past, and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner's allegations of racism within the department."
The school districts near Big Bear Mountain in Calfornia, where the bulk of the manhunt took place, were locked down last Thursday afternoon. Reportedly, Dorner's truck was found burning on a forest road. Classes were canceled as the search continued, and in the days since, no new signs of Dorner were found, and by Sunday, the search in the area was scaled back to about 25 officers and a helicopter, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said, and CNN reported.
"This search is not a matter of if. It's a matter of when," Villaraigosa said. "And I want Christopher Dorner to know that."
In his manifesto released last week, Dorner blamed racism and corruption in the department for his removal and vowed to wage "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against LAPD officers and their families, calling it a "last resort" to clear his name and strike back at a department he says mistreated him. He has already been suspected of killing three people, who are either cops or members of their families.
There has been speculation, based in part on the affidavit, that Dorner could have crossed state lines into Nevada or made his way into Mexico.