The Christopher Dorner apologists: A guide

The (apparently dead) alleged cop killer has his fans, and some people who just think he was misunderstood. Some of these folks are on TV

Within hours of the release of Dorner's manifesto, Facebook fan sites like this one popped up.
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Not too many people are mourning Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who allegedly killed four people before police tracked him to a cabin in the woods where, they say, he perished in a fire. Over his nine-day rampage, Dorner is blamed for the murder of the daughter of a retired LAPD officer, her fiancé, and two law officers; he laid out his plan to kill other officers in a long, rambling manifesto vowing revenge on the LAPD for wrongly kicking him out of the force after he reported an act of police brutality, ruining his life. His threat tied up the entire LAPD for a week.

Police say they fired incendiary tear gas canisters into the cabin before the fire broke out, but deny setting fire to the cabin on purpose. The couple who reported Dorner's location to the police — after he tied them up and stole their car — say they're ambivalent about the alleged killer, who repeatedly told them he didn't want to hurt them and only wanted to "clear my name." But Dorner has his fans, says Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed, and support for the presumed cop-killer "has crept out of the internet's more extreme corners — where such perverse boosterism is commonplace — and into more mainstream venues."

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