Black Ex-Cop Says LAPD Destroyed His Life Just Like Chris Dorner’s
A former African-American LAPD officer named Joe Jones posted his own manifesto on Facebook this morning in response to Chris Dorner, the ex-cop charged with killing three people as part of a vendetta against the LAPD.
In an online manifesto posted to Facebook Dorner accused the LAPD of firing him in 2008 in retaliation for blowing the whistle on police brutality by a white superior.
Jones, 48, says he has yet to recover mentally or emotionally from his experience as a black cop with the LAPD, which he describes as similar to the racism and corruption outlined by Dorner. Detailing what he was up against, Jones writes:
I had my home viciously attacked by a gunman with my family and myself inside the house. No arrests were made and my familyand I Received very little support. I had my Civil Rights violated on several occasions. I was falsely arrested at gunpoint by the Sheriffs as an Officer who ID’d himself and was conspired against by both LAPD and the Sheriffs when my Civil case went to Trial. I was falsely accused on more than one occasion and simply placed in a position that the trust was so compromised that I could no longer wear theUniform. Also know there were many more episodes.
And he has a personal message for Dorner:
Chistopher Dorner. The 1st thing I would say to him is, I feel your pains!…But you are going about this the wrong way. To take innocent lives could never be the answer to anything. I say this as a Man who experienced the same pain, betrayal, anger, suffering, litigation and agony that you did in many ways, Only I didn’t get Fired. I just choose to go a different route. My heart still suffered that same shock, I was still left to try and put the pieces back together. The disbelief that people could conspire and cause you to loose something you loved so dearly was still there. I lost my Career, I lost my Family, I lost my Dignity, I lost my Trust…But I am here now to hopefully one day see change…Bro, Don’t kill anymore Innocent people. Your point has been made. Clearly. They know you mean business, The whole world knows. Refrain from any further wrong doing and do what you must to salvage your Soul. Whatever that means to you. Just remember that God is a forgiving God.
According to the LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero, who spoke with Jones directly, the former officer worked patrol in the Wilshire West Valley and West Los Angeles LAPD divisions for nine years before retiring in 1998.
Jones told the Weekly that Dorner ”doesn’t realize there are people who have gone through similar if not worse circumstances. Taking innocent lives is not the answer to it,” adding, “The LAPD needs to fulfill their obligation to stop these types of things from happening. If a person has a complaint and they told the truth it needs to be adjudicated fairly.”
Jones also commented on the level of sympathy for Droner in LA’s black community, explaining:
Of course they’re going to see it different. They’ve been victims of these same things. The average caucasian person hasn’t been privy to being harassed, stopped and talked down to, treated bad by officers. They haven’t experienced that. They feel only criminals get treated disrespectfully. But the reality is that police are human and some come there with certain issues.
Here is Jones’ manifesto in full: