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La mort de Christopher Dorner révèle au grand jour les problèmes du LAPD

Publication: 15/02/2013 09:46

Au 19e siècle, les mineurs avaient l'habitude de descendre au fond des mines de charbon accompagnés d'un canari pour mieux détecter la présence de gaz dangereux. Le système respiratoire de ces petits oiseaux est beaucoup plus sensible au méthane et au monoxyde de carbone que celui des humains. Lorsqu'un canari mourait, les mineurs étaient donc avertis du grave danger qu'ils couraient, d'où l'expression «comme un canari dans une mine de charbon».

Je crois que le policier Christopher Dorner est un de ces canaris. Cet homme bien armé et bien entraîné a réussi à semer la pagaille dans le sud de la Californie pendant sept jours. Pour le retrouver, des milliers de policiers ont effectué une chasse à l'homme avec des résultats mitigés. Mais que se serait-il passé si une milice de 10 ou 100 personnes bien armées et entraînées avait décidé de régler ses comptes de la même manière? Pour la police municipale de Los Angeles (LAPD), peu entraînée et incapable de faire face à la menace bien réelle du terrorisme local, la tournure des événements constitue un avertissement très sérieux.

Durant la chasse à l'homme, trois personnes innocentes ont été prises pour cible. Il s'agit de deux femmes et d'un homme de race blanche qui n'ont aucune ressemblance physique avec le suspect.

Les policiers qui ont tiré sur les deux livreuses de journaux ont criblé leur camion de 25 balles. Heureusement, leur incapacité à atteindre leur cible n'avait d'égal que leur incompétence à déterminer ce qui constitue une cible valide. Autrement dit, les deux femmes ont survécu.

La troisième victime de cette chasse à l'homme est un surfeur en route vers la plage, dont la camionnette a été emboutie par une voiture de police roulant à grande vitesse. Après l'impact, les deux patrouilleurs ont vidé leur chargeur sur la camionnette, sous prétexte qu'elle ressemblait à celle de M. Dorner. Encore une fois, la victime s'en est tirée indemne grâce à l'amateurisme d'agents incapables d'utiliser leur arme avec précision.

Dans les deux cas, les policiers ont omis de s'identifier, n'ont pas ordonné au conducteur d'immobiliser son véhicule et ont omis de transmettre quelque avertissement que ce soit. Ils ont tout simplement ouvert le feu. Si ces trois personnes étaient mortes, le LAPD aurait été responsable de presqu'autant de décès que le suspect qu'elle recherchait.

À ma connaissance, les seuls corps policiers qui fonctionnent de cette manière sont situés dans des pays sous-développés et sont généralement appelés «escadrons de la mort» plutôt que «représentants de la loi et l'ordre». Une telle menace à la sécurité d'humbles citoyens est tout simplement inacceptable. Après tout, les policiers ont pour responsabilité de protéger leur employeur, c'est-à-dire le public.

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  • In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside is in flames Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/KABC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT: KABC-TV

  • In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside is in flames Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/KABC-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT: KABC-TV

  • Bill Whalen, Andrew Smith, Norma Eisenman

    Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, second from left, expresses condolences for the death of a San Bernardino County deputy, as he briefs the media about the shootout scene in Big Bear that allegedly involves triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, during a late news conference in front of the Police Administration Building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Lt. Bill Whalen, of the Irvine Police Department, far left, and LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman, right, stand with Smith. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Andrew Smith, Bill Whalen, Norma Eisenman

    Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, expresses condolences for the death of a San Bernardino County deputy, as he briefs the media about the shootout scene in Big Bear that allegedly involves triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, during a late news conference in front of the Police Administration Building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Lt. Bill Whalen, of the Irvine Police Department, middle and LAPD officer Norma Eisenman, right, stand with Smith. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • Cindy Bachman, public information officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, talks about the hunt for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner in Angelus Oaks, Caif., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A Redlands Police officer walks near a road blockade near the entrance to the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California after Christopher Dorner, a fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings, engaged in a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sun, Gabriel Luis Acosta) VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; THE VICTOR VALLEY DAILY PRESS OUT

  • Manhunt For Former L.A. Cop Leads Back To Big Bear Lake

    YUCAIPA, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Redlands police officers secure at a blockade during a manhunt for the former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner who is suspected of triple murder on February 12, 2013 in Yucaipa, California. Dorner barricaded himself in a cabin near Big Bear, California and is in a standoff with authorities after shooting two police officers, killing one and wounding the other. Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer and Navy Reserve veteran, is wanted in connection with the deaths of an Irvine couple and a Riverside police officer. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    Shantel Cardiel (L) and Frank Cardiel hold up signs in support of fugitive triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner along the road in San Bernardino, California n February 12, 2013. Fugitive former US cop Christopher Dorner exchanged gunfire with police near a Californian ski resort where his burnt-out truck was found, reports said. The 33-year-old was involved in the shooting after he tried to burglarize a home near Big Bear, two hours east of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a law enforcement source.   AFP PHOTO / David McNew (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Shantel Cardiel holds up a sign in support of fugitive triple murder suspect Christopher Dorner along the road in San Bernardino, California n February 12, 2013. Fugitive former US cop Christopher Dorner exchanged gunfire with police near a Californian ski resort where his burnt-out truck was found, reports said. The 33-year-old was involved in the shooting after he tried to burglarize a home near Big Bear, two hours east of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a law enforcement source.   AFP PHOTO / David McNew (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manhunt For Former L.A. Cop Leads Back To Big Bear Lake

    ANGELUS OAKS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: A San Bernardino Sheriff's Department deputy watches as a car is towed away after a standoff and a shootout with former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner who is suspected of triple murder on February 12, 2013 in Angelus Oaks, California. Dorner barricaded himself in a cabin near Big Bear, California which later caught fire. According to the LAPD the cabin remains too hot to enter and a body has not been located. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Law Enforcement personnel gear up along Hwy 38 during the hunt for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner in Yacaipa, Caif.,Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Dorner, a man police believe to be the fugitive ex-Los Angeles officer wanted in three killings, was barricaded inside a burning cabin Tuesday after a shootout in a California mountain town that left one deputy dead and another wounded. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Andrew Smith

    Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, left, briefs the media about the shootout scene in Big Bear that allegedly involves triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, during a news conference in front of the Police Administration Building in Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • A Redlands Police officer inspects a vehicle near the entrance to the San Bernardino National Forest, Calif. after fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner, sought in three killings, is believed to have engaged in a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sun, Gabriel Luis Acosta) LA TIMES; VENTURA COUNTY STAR; RIVERSIDE PRESSENTERPRISE; THE VICTOR VALLEY DAILY PRESS OUT MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Law Enforcement personnel block Hwy 38 during the hunt for accused killer and ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Yacaipa, Caif., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Dorner is believed to be barricaded in a cabin Tuesday after a furious gunbattle with police in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California, authorities said, the culmination of an intensive manhunt that left a region an edge for nearly a week. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Law Enforcement personnel search a vehicle along Hwy 38 during the hunt for accused killer and ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Yacaipa, Caif., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Dorner is believed to be barricaded in a cabin Tuesday after a furious gunbattle with police in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California, authorities said, the culmination of an intensive manhunt that left a region an edge for nearly a week. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Bill Whalen, Andrew Smith

    Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith, right, briefs the media about the shootout scene in Big Bear that allegedly involves triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, during a news conference in front of the Police Administration Building in Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. At left, Lt. Bill Whalen of the Irvine Police Department.

  • A Redlands Police officer walks near a road blockade near the entrance to the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California near Big Bear Lake, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

  • Redlands Police officers man a blockade near the entrance to the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California after Christopher Dorner engaged in a shootout with authorities that wounded two officers in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

  • Members on the California Highway Patrol search a truck for Christopher Dorner on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

  • A San Bernardino County Sheriff SWAT team returns to the command post at Bear Mountain near Big Bear Lake, Calif. after searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Search conditions have been hampered by a heavy winter storm in the area. Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer, is accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. (AP Photo/Pool, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Will Lester)

  • A police vehicle patrols the streets of Big Bear Lake, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Clear skies allowed aircraft with heat-sensing technology to aid scores of officers searching in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a vengeance-fueled rampage aimed at those he blames for ending his career. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Bernabe Ortiz

    San Bernardino County Sheriff's officer Bernabe Ortiz holds a pistol as he searches a home for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings entered a fourth day in snow-covered mountains Sunday, a day after the police chief ordered a review of the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive's firing and new details emerged of the evidence he left behind. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Bernabe Ortiz, Ken Owens

    San Bernardino County Sheriff's officers Ken Owens, center, and Bernabe Ortiz search a home for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings entered a fourth day in snow-covered mountains Sunday, a day after the police chief ordered a review of the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive's firing and new details emerged of the evidence he left behind. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Bernabe Ortiz, Ken Owens

    San Bernardino County Sheriff's officer Ken Owens searches a home for the former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. The hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings entered its fourth day in the snow-covered mountains on Sunday, a day after the police chief ordered a review of the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive's firing and new details emerged of the evidence he left behind. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • California Highway Patrol officers search a truck for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner at a checkpoint near Big Bear Lake, Calif, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Law enforcement officers working in falling snow searched the Southern California mountain for Dorner, who is accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A San Bernardino County Sheriff SWAT team returns to the command post at Bear Mountain near Big Bear Lake, Calif.

  • A San Bernardino County Sheriff SWAT team returns to the command post at Bear Mountain near Big Bear Lake, Calif. after searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Search conditions have been hampered by a heavy winter storm in the area.

  • U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement vehicles are covered in snow near the command post in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

  • U.S. Marshals deputies look behind the vegetation as they stand on guard outside the home of the mother of fugitive suspect Christopher Dorner on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

  • Christopher Dorner

    This image shows Christopher Dorner from Jan. 28, 2013 surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel.

  • A digital billboard along Santa Monica Boulevard on the west side of Los Angeles shows a "wanted" alert on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

  • California Highway Patrol officers search a vehicle for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner at a checkpoint near Big Bear Lake, Calif, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

  • A California Highway Patrol officer tells a driver to roll the window at a checkpoint near Big Bear Lake, Calif, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

  • San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies gather at the command post in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Clear skies allowed aircraft with heat-sensing technology to aid scores of officers searching in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains for Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a vengeance-fueled rampage aimed at those he blames for ending his career. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies board a snow cat at the command post in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

  • A San Bernardino County Sheriff's helicopter flies over Big Bear Lake, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

  • A U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer follows tracks left in the snow while searching a home for former Christopher Dorner in Big Bear Lake, Calif, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Clear skies allowed aircraft with heat-sensing technology to aid scores of officers searching in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains.

  • San Bernardino Sheriff's Department officer Steven Spagon mans a check point during the search in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Law enforcement officials spent all night searching the snowy mountains of Southern California.

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies stand alert outside the Twin Towers jail, which was put on lockdown after an alleged sighting of suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner Friday Feb. 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. The lockdown was later lifted. Law enforcement officers worked through the night amid an incoming snow storm searching for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job.

  • Cindy Bachman

    Cindy Bachman, public information officer for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, updates the media on the search for fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner.

  • Christopher Dorner

    This undated series of photos shows suspect Christopher Dorner. Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, is linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during the disciplinary hearing.

  • Christopher Dorner

    This undated photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows suspect Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer. Dorner, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, is linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during the disciplinary hearing. Authorities believe Dorner opened fire early Thursday on police in cities east of Los Angeles, killing an officer and wounding another. Police issued a statewide "officer safety warning" and police were sent to protect people named in the posting that was believed to be written by Dorner. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

  • Christopher Dorner

    This undated photo shows suspect Christopher Dorner. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

  • Christopher Dorner

    This undated photo shows suspect Christopher Dorner. Police issued a statewide "officer safety warning" and police were sent to protect people named in the posting that was believed to be written by Dorner.

  • Here, former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner is shown. Dorner is a suspect in the killings of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence.

  • Charlie Beck, Sandy Jo MacArthur

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck, right, comments on fired officer, Christopher Dorner, Dorner's multiple weapons, including an assault rifle, during a news conference at the LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

  • Sara Faden, Christopher Dorner, Norma Eisenman

    Los Angeles Police Public Information officers: Sara Faden, left, and Officer Norma Eisenman carry photos of suspect Christopher Dorner during a news conference at the LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. At left, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur.

  • Corona, Calif., Police officers stand near the site of a police shooting Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 in Corona, Calif.

  • A burned-out pickup truck belonging to ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is towed after it was discovered in Big Bear, Calif, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

  • A bullet-damaged Los Angeles Police vehicle is taped off by police on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 in Corona, Calif.

  • A Los Angeles Police officer checks his weapon at the site of a shooting Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 in Corona, Calif.

Christopher Dorner n'était ni un martyr, ni un héros. Il demeure le tueur présumé de quatre personnes innocentes. Toutefois, les allégations qui figurent dans son «manifeste» méritent un examen attentif, ne serait-ce que pour rétablir la réputation du LAPD.

Loin d'être de simples «ragots diffusés dans Internet», comme l'a affirmé avec dédain le chef du LAPD Charlie Beck, les propos de M. Dorner décrivent des faits précis - dates, lieux et noms à l'appui.

En voici une liste non exhaustive :

  • Le tueur présumé (Dorner) a été renvoyé du LAPD après avoir refusé de garder sous silence les mauvais traitements infligés à un homme souffrant de troubles mentaux. (Le témoignage du père de la victime souligne que les policiers lui auraient donné des coups de pied au visage et dans la poitrine, ce qui tend à confirmer la version de M. Dorner.)
  • Les policiers du LAPD s'amusent à photographier les cadavres avec leur téléphone, et jouent à celui qui prendra les clichés les plus horribles.
  • Les policiers apprécient particulièrement les «appels 187» (signalements de meurtre) car ils se traduisent par du temps supplémentaire grassement payé. Les personnes décédées sont donc affublées des surnoms VTT (véhicule tout-terrain), WaveRunner (une marque de motomarine), RV (autocaravane) ou, tout simplement, «vêtements neufs pour les enfants».
  • Des recrues auraient chanté des chants nazis glorifiant l'extermination des Juifs.
  • Les agents impliqués dans les scandales Rampart et Rodney King sont toujours en service, et certains d'entre eux sont même montés en grade.


Les documents relatifs à la comparution de M. Dorner devant le Comité de discipline du LAPD peuvent être consultés ici.

Qu'elles soient véridiques ou non, les allégations de M. Dorner ont eu un impact indéniable sur l'opinion publique. Un groupe de soutien créé il y a à peine sept jours dans Facebook a reçu plus de 16 000 mentions «J'aime».

Le fait que ces allégations soient prises au sérieux par le grand public devrait inquiéter le LAPD. M. Dorner a rendu l'âme, non sans avoir soulevé des problèmes extrêmement graves. Si nous décidons d'ignorer la mort du canari, ce sera à nos risques et périls.

 

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