The Fulford File | Christopher Dorner, The Rampart Scandal, And The Real Problem With The LAPD
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Recently-deceased black gunman Christopher Dorner is fairly typical of black mass murderers who feel that white society has wronged them, and deserves to be shot at.


And a whole bunch of guys you've never heard of, or if you'd heard of the incident, you'd say “That guy was black? I didn’t know that! Why didn’t anyone mention it?”

What makes Dorner different: for years, he was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, fired for lying about another officer’s alleged (by him) violence and racism. [LAPD records: Fugitive Christopher Dorner had troubled tenure, By Eric Hartley, LA Daily News, February 9, 2013]

Steve Sailer asked

Immediately after theNew York Times headlined "Shooting Suspect’s Racism Allegations Resound for Some," the chief of the LAPD announced the department would re-investigate why Christopher Dorner was fired.
As usual, the opposite question from the one being obsessed over in the media seems more worthy of investigation: Why was this highly defective individual hired in the first place? Why did the LAPD, which is big enough to afford the most sophisticated screening processes, ever give this man a badge and a gun?

The answer, of course: Affirmative Action. In a piece for The American Enterprise, Jan Golab said

The LAPD was once known as "the world's greatest police department," due largely to its stringent character screening. Back in the era of Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD candidates were checked out as thoroughly as homicide suspects. Even a casual relationship with any known criminal excluded a candidate from being considered as a police officer.
All that is now history. In a bid to appease racial activists and meet federal decrees, strict screening and testing measures were dismantled. New black and Hispanic officer candidates were hustled into the ranks at any cost. What former deputy chief Steve Downing called "a quagmire of quota systems" was set up, and "standards were lowered and merit took a back seat to the new political imperatives." [The American Enterprise: How Racial P.C. Corrupted the LAPD (alternate link) By Jan Golab, June 2005]

The reason for this decline: all those standards have a disparate impact on minorities. If you're going to hire more non-Asian minorities, you're going to have to lower standards.(Japanese-American police, by contrast, are actually good in LA, and as former LAPD officer Joseph Wambaugh pointed out in his 1972 novel The Blue Knight , would use Japanese martial arts to make up for their smaller size.)

There are many African-Americans who could be police, but they tend to not want to be police, because they think police work is racist by definition. Part of that they get from the media. Jan Golab wrote in the 2005 article that

"Today, cops all across the United States battle a foe as destructive as crime itself: the presumption of common prejudice… This view has been fanned by a media elite which has made 'diversity' its virtual religion."

Also, Affirmative Action in the rest of society means that a qualified African-American is much in demand in other, better jobs—jobs in which, unlike police officers, he can stay home nights and weekends, and not get shot.

So what do you get instead on the police force? Well, aside from the late Christopher Dorner, you get the Los Angeles Rampart Police Scandal. Dorner mentioned it in his rantings, and it’s being picked up the “blame the LAPD” media:

After all, this is the city where the videotaped police beating of black motorist Rodney King—and the subsequent acquittal of the officers involved—sparked race riots in 1992. The department was also embroiled in a rash of corruption charges and civil rights violations known as the Rampart scandal in the late 1990s and early 2000s; eventually an independent monitor was set up by the LAPD and the federal government to guide and enforce reforms. “The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days,” Dorner claimed in his manifesto. “It has gotten worse.” After Christopher Dorner, What Next for the LAPD?, By Jens Erik Gould,, February 14, 2013 [Links added by]

Well, here’s what the Rampart  Police Scandal actually was—a bunch of LAPD officers engaged in a conspiracy to shoot, and frame, a Honduran immigrant gang member, Javier Oviando. He was sent to prison, but later released, and is now in a wheelchair. That’s the main Civil Rights aspect of the scandal, as opposed to corruption.

Here are the players:

Kevin Gaines, LAPD, Deceased

Kevin Gaines

In a road rage incident, Gaines attacked what he thought was an unarmed white man, Frank Lyga, with a pistol. Lyga turned out to be an undercover police officer, able, unlike most people in LA County, to shoot back. Kevin Gaines was Dead Right There, with a bullet in his heart. Of course, Lyga was investigated three times by Internal Affairs, sued by Johnnie Cochran, and an attempt was made to frame him by another black officer—Rafael Perez.

Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez, who is black and Hispanic, one of the LAPD’s few bilingual black officers before he got caught, was at the center of the scandal, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cocaine from police evidence lockers. He’s one of the people who shot and framed Honduran gang member Javier Oviando. (See below.)

David Mack

David Mack

Found guilty of an actual bank robbery (which netted $722,000—money that is still missing) Mack is also a suspect in the murder of Biggie Smalls, a.k.a., the Notorious B.I.G, in 1997. He was in jail until 2010, when he was released.

Nino Durden

Nino Durden

According to PBS, along with his partner Ray Perez

Nino Durden shot, framed and then testified against unarmed 19-year old gang member Javier Ovando in 1996. Arrested for attempted murder in July 2000, Durden pled guilty to ten state and federal charges, including the false arrest of Ovando…”

And here’s Ovando in his wheelchair:

Javier Ovando

So here’s the civil rights scandal of the LAPD—four corrupt black cops conspire against the civil rights of a falsely accused and unjustly attacked Hispanic criminal—who is more or less white.

And that’s why Los Angeles police are under a Civil Rights “consent decree” which, as Joseph Wambaugh noted in 2006, "subjects [cops] to mountains of paperwork, mind-numbing audits and oppressive oversight."[My LAPD, again, LA Times, October 09, 2006]

The New York Times said that the arrest of Rafael Perez “did what Rodney King couldn't do: bring the L.A. force under federal supervision.”

But it wasn’t institutional racism that was the problem—it was Affirmative Action. A final quote from Golab’s piece:

Although it did not receive much attention in the mainstream media, an embarrassing truth was exposed: Many L.A. cops had been corrupted by black gangsters (just as many New York cops were corrupted in another era by the Italian mob). "Rampart wasn't about cops who became gangsters," explained former LAPD deputy chief Downing. "It was about gangsters who became cops."

And that’s the institutional racism at the LAPD that needs to be investigated—not Dorner’s fantasies.

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