The Smugger
Urbane Male. Life. Style.



Featured

February 14, 2013

What Dorner Teaches Us? [FEATURE]

More articles by »
Written by: Ray Baker
Tags: , , , , , ,
the-official-military-photo-of-former-lapd-officer-christopher-dorner-who-is-suspected-in-multiple

the-official-military-photo-of-former-lapd-officer-christopher-dorner-who-is-suspected-in-multiple

Most estimates have former LAPD officer Chris Dorner deceased. The prevailing theory is that he died in the fire in that cabin up in Big Bear, California. While there is still probable suspicion that Dorner may be alive, most news outlets are running with the assumption that he is indeed deceased. While we wait on a final word on the matter , we’re already experiencing debate as to whether he is to be thought of as a hero, or as a villain. Essayist Chauncey DeVega did a great job of exploring that conversation so let’s take this one in another direction.

Once the smoke clears from the specifics of Dorner’s case, the question of the behavior of the LAPD still remains. Sadly there were many who are unfamiliar to the tenuous, at-best, relationship between African-American men and most law enforcement agencies. Whether we call names of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Timothy Stansbury, Oscar Grant, Adolph Grimes III or the countless other black men murdered by police racism, we can safely deduce, abuse of power by police in minority and poor communities is a serious problem.

What we cannot allow to happen is for our obsession with Dorner and his story to fade away with the passing of information in the news cycle. If the city of Los Angeles is serious about investigating Dorner’s claims as they said, this needs to be a public event with a respectable civilian review board working in collaboration with the police department. Otherwise for many it will look like the blue shield protecting a police department with an extensive history of corruption.

Other communities got a taste of police brutality and excessive force in 2011 during the “Occupy” protest movement. One famous incident involved a campus police officer pepper-spraying students sitting in peaceful protest. Though this resulted in no loss of life, one can only hope this may galvanize other communities to be as alarmed about claims of police brutality and excessive force as African-Americans.

This brings us back to Mr. Dorner. No one, and I mean no one, stands to defend his murdering of innocent people. A violent rampage that penalized people who had nothing to do with an original wrong can and will never be reasonably justified. In that same breath, as we assess his critiques of law enforcement, his words ring remarkably too familiar to black families and other victims alike. So LAPD (and ostensibly law enforcement everywhere) the ball is your court. We conceded Mr. Dorner’s wrongs; what will you say about yours?

Ray Baker is the host of the SiriusXM show “Real Talk with Ray Baker”. He also lectures at colleges and universities across the nation, having spoken at Yale, Duke & Georgetown Universities



About the Author

Ray Baker





 
 
 

 
10553420_254757284732854_3008656978711458913_n

#HashTagLunchBagDC 7/27/14 [EVENT]

    If you’re looking for a cool service related event this weekend, we got you. HashTagLunchBag is a movement dedicated to utiizing social media to bring awareness and eliminate hunger in local communities. &nb...
by Austin Weatherington
0

 
 
GEL-JB-PM-IPDM-SK-2_1024x1024

Jason Bua’s “Piano Man II” iPad Skin

                            So you’re walking around with a naked iPad ehh? We’ve got just the thing for you.  Award-winning New York City artis...
by Austin Weatherington
0

 
 
fefe

Eric Garner, and the Death of Unarmed Black Men by Police Officers

    On Thursday, July 17th, Staten Island man, Eric Garner added to the growing list of unarmed black men killed in America at the hands of police officers. The 43-year-old father of six children was choked to death b...
by Austin Weatherington
1

 

 
zun-lee-JerellWillis_076

Documenting Black Fatherhood with Photographer Zun Lee

      In America today, the topic of black fatherlessness continues to be a popular conversation piece, in both the black community, and the greater community. Given all the stats, narratives, and opinions about ...
by Austin Weatherington
0

 
Advertisement
 
Bsonwl3CIAEEeEZ

Curbing Rape Culture with #IAMJADA

This week, social media has been ablaze with millions of people standing in solidarity under the #IAMJADA hashtag. The social media activism comes in response to the story of 16-year-old Jada (last name not given) of Houston, T...
by Jeff Toliver
0

 




One Comment


  1. He temporarily brought extra attention to what was already known by those who care but the murders hurt his message. He is an idiot. Yes there is corruption, racism, turning a blind eye, etc. in this country but his murders make him a coward.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>