The Los Angeles Police Department has certainly garnered quite the negative reputation as of late, after rogue cop-turned-murderer Christoper Dorner brought into light several atrocities allegedly committed by the Department. Now, it seems that the manhunt for Dorner has erupted into a series of individual rights violations, including indiscriminately opening fire on two pickup trucks whose only resemblance to the truck owned by Dorner is their color. The two vehicles, owned by David Perdue and Maggie Carranza and her 72-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were totaled in the incident; each of the victims received non life-threatening injuries, since police missed every shot fired.
The victims are being offered compensation from the LAPD, with the 2 women being offered a new truck, and David Perdue being offered a rental car and payment for his medical bills. Although they recognize their grossly-negligent behavior, should their mistakes be forgotten? The victims don’t think so; Perdue is suing the Police Department, and his lawyer is calling the LAPD out for attempting to kill an innocent civilian. The attorney for Maggie Carranza and her mother had the following to say about the incident:
The vehicle is a different color. The license plate doesn’t match. There’s nothing there for you to start shooting people. And even if they had the person in question… Mr. Dorner…you still have to give them an opportunity to get out. You can’t just start administering street justice
Personally, I am strongly inclined to side with the victims of this tragedy, as they were doing nothing wrong (Police claim that Perdue was not yielding for the police car in the other lane, and was going to collide with the vehicle; Perdue and his attorney both refute their claim). I understand that the LAPD is not used to being hunted down like prey, however their apparent paranoia seems to have gotten the best of them. Dorner is targeting the innocent families of Police Officers, but his crime spree does not permit the LAPD to use unchecked force against civilians. If the LAPD continues to ignore protocol and immediately perceives all blue pickup trucks as belonging to Dorner, a tragedy much worse than what has already occurred will likely happen, causing further damage to the credibility of the LAPD as a whole.
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