Some 40 cases could be reviewed in wake of Dorner rampage

April 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- In the wake of a rogue ex-officer who went on a killing rampage, the Los Angeles Police Department officials said they're reviewing claims of racism.

Some 40 people fired from the force have come forward saying, though they disavow the actions of fired former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, his claims about the department routinely targeting black officers are accurate.

In response, Police Chief Charlie Beck said the department would review all instances of officer firings within the last three years -- the length of time for which the city charter permits such reviews.

That means some 40 officers may have their cases reopened, provided they file an affidavit within three months stating what new evidence would justify such a review, the Los Angeles Times said.

Dorner, who was fired in 2009 after an altercation with a training officer, went on a killing spree earlier this year, killing the daughter and fiance of the lawyer who represented him at his termination. He also killed two officers and wounded three more while evading capture during a massive manhunt that captivated southern California.

He was tracked to a hunting lodge where he apparently killed himself, police said.

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