Dorner's corruption claims gain support on Facebook

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by Sybil Hoffman

azfamily.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 4:43 PM

PHOENIX -- While his reign of terror may be over, Christopher Dorner's cause may be just beginning. 3TV uncovers how his claims of corruption may be gaining some traction.

For nearly two weeks, Dorner had dozens of people fearful they were his next target. And while no one condones the four murders he's accused of committing, Dorner's message outlined in his manifesto continues to garner support online.

Dr. Charles Maxson is a sociology professor at Grand Canyon University.

"There's a substantial number of us who feel like maybe they are protecting themselves and serving themselves more than protecting us and serving us and so the social media response is understandable," Maxson said.

More than 14,000 people "like" the "I Support Christopher Jordan Dorner" Facebook page. A page dedicated to "fighting back against corrupt cops and bringing to light what they do."

"It's not surprising that so many people do 'like' or get on board on any kind of cause," Maxson said.

He points out social media sites like Facebook don't require a lot of research, making it easy to join the discussion.

"People may not have put a lot of thought into it and impulsively said yeah I agree that some police departments are corrupt or racist or whatever the charge may be, but that is a substantial number and shouldn't be just dismissed," Maxson said.

As for the fiery end to the massive manhunt, Maxson believes some may interpret that as evidence Dorner's claims are accurate.

"It would be some kind of vindication for him to say, 'See, I told you the police are corrupt and they will kill me rather than let my story get out there,'" Maxson said.

While there will no doubt be analysis of the Dorner case for days and weeks to come, Maxson hopes there is a bigger lesson to be learned.

"I just hope there's enough interest to make police departments everywhere say, 'Are we doing all we can?'" he said.

Dorner's grievances go back five years, shortly after he was terminated for filing what the LAPD has deemed an inaccurate report accusing his fellow officers of brutality.

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