Video testimony challenges LAPD claim that ex-cop lied about police brutality
Chris Dorner, the 33-year-old former police officer who has embarked on a shooting rampage, was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements about his training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans.
Dorner reported to his superiors that Evans kicked a schizophrenic suspect with severe dementia in the face after he had already been tasered and subdued. The LAPD Board of Review looked into the claim and determined that Dorner was lying so they fired him.
But there is evidence to suggest that Dorner was telling the truth.
The above video, obtained by Fox 11, shows the testimony of Christopher Gettler (the schizophrenic man allegedly kicked in the face) at Dorner’s Board of Rights hearing. He tells the Board that he Evans kicked him in the face on his left cheek, corroborating Dorner’s story. This, and other witness testimony, contradict the LAPD portrayal of Dorner as a clear-cut liar with no evidence to back his story.
In the Appellate court decision about Dorner’s case, the court acknowledged Gettler’s videotaped testimony but deemed it “incoherent and non responsive.” I completely disagree. Though Gettler’s responses are short, they are certainly clear and coherent enough to understand.
The man you hear questioning Gettler is Randy Quan, Dorner’s appointed lawyer. Quan’s daughter and her fiancé were shot dead over the weekend and police suspect Dorner is responsible based on his online manifesto.
I’ll have more on this soon as I’m still reading through the court documents, but for now check out the video for yourself.