As authorities try to determine if the remains from a cabin fire are actually those of Christopher Dorner, yet another black ex-LAPD officer confirms the rampant racism occurring within the department.
Brian Bentley, who like Joe Jones, understood Dorner’s grievances but did not support his actions, discussed his experience working for the LAPD in a book and also in an interview with eurweb:
Bentley says that when he was a police officer, there were frequent positings of “look out” bulletins on the walls at police stations featuring officers who’d been terminated and who were believed to have vendettas.
“When the Department terminated you, they intentionally tried to ruin your life,” Bentley explains. “That’s how they discredited you. Dorner isn’t the first ex-police officer to have a manifesto or some sort of hit list.”
And he should know.
Brian Bentley left the LAPD in 1999 after serving ten years with the Department. He was a police officer in 1992 during the uprising and was assigned to guard O.J. Simpson’s house in Brentwood during the infamous trial. He served under police chiefs Daryl Gates, Bayan Lewis, Willie Williams, and Bernard Parks. However, he was fired for writing the book One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer that detailed the massive misconduct and racism he witnessed during his time at the LAPD’s Southwest and West L.A. divisions.
He says that when he left the Department he had a manifesto of his own. Not one that involved killing anyone, but a list of people who had wronged him during his time at the Department.
Read more at eurweb.
If racism is so rampant within police departments, how can we trust them to conduct their jobs without bias and endangering–or even killing–people of color, especially youth?
Will other officers from different departments begin to speak up?
Are you or do you know a police officer with a similar story?
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