Dorner, Folk Hero of the Left

Nobody loves cop killers more than left-wingers do.

The grotesque outpouring of love for cop killer Chris Dorner, an ex-cop now presumed dead in a fiery shootout at Big Bear Lake, California, should make all sane Americans fear for the future of their country.

Dorner is suspected of killing at least one police officer and two others. He allegedly gunned down 28-year-old Monica Quan and her husband-to-be 27-year-old Keith Lawrence outside their home. Quan’s father Randy, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer turned lawyer, represented Dorner in disciplinary hearings that resulted in Dorner’s dismissal. Dorner reportedly called Mr. Quan days after the murder to taunt him.

Dorner’s cross-country rampage has been met in recent days with Facebook fan pages, sympathetic statements on Twitter, and grassroots-level enthusiasm for this brutal sociopath.

But making vicious killers into folk heroes is nothing new for the Left. American history in recent decades is bursting with cop killers romanticized by the Left.

Among those who have stuck it to The Man by killing “pigs” are: Troy Davis, executed in 2011 for murdering police officer Mark MacPhail as he came to the aid of an assault victim; Lovelle Mixon, killed in a gunfight with police in 2009; Mumia abu-Jamal, imprisoned for life for the 1981 murder of a police officer; Leonard Peltier, convicted in 1977 for gunning down FBI agents; Assata Shakur, escaped from prison in 1979, a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA), having been granted “asylum” in Cuba; and 1960s radicals like Marilyn Buck.

In a rambling self-incriminating manifesto that Dorner posted online, the ex-Los Angeles police officer says “No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer … but, as a young police officer I found that the violent suspects on the streets are not the only people you have to watch.”

Dorner argues that he is sacrificing himself for the greater good by going on his murder spree, which he refers to as “a necessary evil” aimed at effecting change in the Los Angeles Police Department. “The only thing that changes policy and garners attention is death.”

In one of several chilling passages, Dorner waxes philosophical: “Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.”

In his online screed, Dorner praises an assortment of left-wingers. He lauds President Obama for doing what he considers a good job under difficult circumstances. For their anti-Second Amendment efforts, Dorner hails TV host Piers Morgan, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Vice President Joe Biden. He also gives shout-outs to a galaxy of celebrities and public figures. Complimenting the First Lady on her hairstyle, he interjects, “Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama.”

There are also those slippery souls who stop short of endorsing Dorner’s killing spree, but who ponder aloud whether society drove him to murder. Their musings bear a creepy similarity to the Left’s post-9/11 hand-wringing about the true “root causes” of the attacks on America.

MSNBC ranter Chris Matthews and death row groupie Marc Lamont Hill suggest that Dorner’s online essay is a kind of petition for redress of grievances that needs to be taken seriously.

Matthews suggested Americans shouldn’t be so quick to judge Dorner because he may have had a legitimate beef against the LAPD. He asked reporter Andrew Blankstein, “How do you write a story like this that’s objective for the big metropolitan paper, the Los Angeles Times?”

Matthews added, “Are there people in your newsroom, editors who are saying, ‘We have to be careful here. It’s not simple. This man may have a complaint.'”

Matthews, of course, has never been concerned about fairness for non-leftists. He prefers to lump nonviolent Tea Party supporters in with the Taliban and the Third Reich.

Hill, host of HuffPost Live and a professor at Columbia University, said the Dorner saga is a needed civics lesson for the public about racism and the excessive use of force. “This has been an important conversation that we’ve had about police brutality, about police corruption, about state violence.”

“As far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real life superhero to many people,” Hill said. Adding an obligatory disclaimer, Hill said, “What he did was awful, killing innocent people was bad, but when you read his manifesto, when you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy.”

Those cheering on Dorner were happy to see him exact vengeance against a corrupt system, Hill said. “It’s almost like watching Django Unchained in real life … It’s kind of exciting.”

Hill has a soft spot for those who murder police officers. He co-authored The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America (Third World Press, 2012) with Mumia abu-Jamal. Mumia, as left-wingers affectionately call him, is celebrated as a political prisoner even though in court he has never denied shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner execution-style.

The book is essentially a transcript of a mutual admiration society, as the two radicals trade compliments and insights about how rotten America is. Hill tells Mumia that “you’re in prison but somehow still free, while I’m out here feeling profoundly un-free.”

Even this highly successful black man with his Ivy League Ph.D. who is sometimes called a “celebrity intellectual,” feels oppressed by American society.

“But to some degree, I feel un-free because I’m still encumbered by the very things that I’m critiquing in my work: consumerism, patriarchy even White supremacy … I’m trying to heal, man.”

Not surprisingly, in 2009 Fox News fired Hill as a paid on-air contributor after he acquired a reputation for defending cop killers and racists. But somehow he keeps finding his way back onto TV screens.

Meanwhile, the ever-resourceful self-described “communist” Van Jones is urging Americans not to concern themselves with Dorner’s decidedly left-of-center views.

“In the wake of a tragedy, it is understandable to ask why this happened,” says Jones. “It is appropriate to discuss ways to keep it from happening again. But we should draw the line at suddenly giving an exalted place in our national discourse to the political rantings of a murderer.”

How convenient, especially since Dorner’s views on cops seem to differ little from his own. Forced out as President Obama’s green jobs czar in 2009 for signing a 9/11 “truther” petition, Jones is a longtime supporter of convicted cop killer Mumia abu-Jamal. Jones founded Oakland’s Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in order to combat perceived police brutality.

But with Barack Obama in power, it is more difficult to be shocked by sympathetic reactions to Dorner.

The people doing the cheering are the Democratic Party’s electoral base.

Obama himself invites rappers who praise cop killers to perform at the White House.

One such entertainer, Common, is known for performing, “A Song For Assata,” which is a tribute to fugitive black militant Assata Shakur. Here’s one verse from the tune:

“In the spirit of God.
In the spirit of the ancestors.
In the spirit of the Black Panthers.
In the spirit of Assata Shakur.
We make this movement towards freedom
For all those who have been oppressed, and all those in the struggle.
Yeah. yo, check it-
I wonder what would happen if that woulda been me?
All this shit so we could be free, so dig it, y’all.”

Common believes Shakur is a martyr. That’s one of the reasons he was invited to the White House. Obama and those who sympathize with cop killers are on the same wavelength.

If someone writes a song about Dorner, don’t be surprised if the person shows up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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  • AdinaK

    The left abhors the "pigs" as long as they are part of the establishment. However, they take no issue with "The One" building up a "civilian force" which will parallel the military. In fact, this is precisely what Marxist/socialist/communist thinkers have in common – there own shock troops!

    However, the police, as constructed under the Republic, serve as the bulwark against out of control thugs/criminals. Now, why would the revolutionary left support them, and not support killing them? Exactly.

    Going postal is just one way in which they exemplify their contempt for law abiding citizens, including those who uphold the law –

    Revolutionary leftist LOVE to kill. Think: Billy boy Ayers and his fellow travelers. You have to recognize their mindset to counter them.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

    • Ziggy Zoggy


      Civil law enforcement agencies are already shock troops. Right now most of them serve the newspeak "criminal justice system" against the citizenry but they could very easily become enforcers for "the One."

  • Conniption Fitz

    There is also 'Mumia' Abul-Jamal, who also has a fan club and has had a street in France named after him.

    All this is a sign of moral disorientation, moral vertigo, the lack of a moral compass or gyroscope.

    As GOD said, we need to put His Laws on our hearts, foreheads, carry them with us…they are our flight instruments in the fog of the opposition to His Kingdom and Goodness in this fallen world.

    • Conniption Fitz

      Clarification – Abu-Jamal is another cop-killer heroized by the leftists.

  • ntvnyr30

    Yet another great example during Black History Month

  • cxt

    Great article!

    I now have a new answer to those whom ask why I "need" a gun.

    I "need" a gun becuse there are an unkwn but clearly large number of my "fellow" citizens that are so far gone they offer tacit support to a murdering scumbag—killing a mans KID and her boyfriend over an employment beef.

    The gun may or may not do me any good–but I'd rather trust that then those folks that cheer on a wack job murderer.

    They will cheer on my murderer and when I'm dead they will seek to justify his crimes.

    And then they wonder why I/people claim they need firearms. ;)

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Dorner isn't the only citizen shooting innocents and murdering people he hates. During their hunt and kill mission, police shot two innocent people minding their own business, tried to shoot at least two more and murdered Dorner in cold blood. They pinned him down in a cabin with assault weapons and burned him alive

      Do you need a gun to protect yourself from those unaccountable psychopaths or just the future Dorners on the left? Because quite frankly, there are a Hell of a lot more killer cops than Dorners and they're much better armed. And oh, yeah. They have authority over you even when they choose to abuse it.

      • Matthew Vadum

        Thank God we have the Second Amendment. (No, I'm not agreeing with your claims.)

        • Ziggy Zoggy


          My "claims?!?"

          Did the cops shoot two women in a truck vaguely similar (for a drooling imbecile) to Dorner's because they were trying to "capture" him? Did they think a young, burly, bald Black man had split like an amoeba into two old Mexican women so he could deliver newspapers during his killing spree? Does that explain the 60 + rounds they riddled the truck with? What f****** law were they enforcing? Did they use sooper-scientific bullets that punch holes through trucks but only stun human beings? Not even the space cadets of Starfleet have guns that can do that.

          No doubt the next truck was shot up because the passengers matched the description of the lone Dorner. The truck wasn't the same but it was close enough to justify opening fire with automatic weapons? Maybe they were trying to "wound" them, LOL! Because the cops would never kill a captive while trying to murder a suspect. Oh, wait: The majority of hostage fatalities are killed by the cops and not the captors, and according to police procedure every shot fired is required to be a kill shot.

          All the instances of doors kicked in and people harassed were justified because Dorner was a "cop killer" and one cop is worth more than every non-cop who gets in the way. It's all perfectly legal. That's why te people who were shot at by the cops deserve the criminal charges that were levied against them.

          All the sound recordings of the PIGS deliberately burning down that cabin with Dorner inside were falsified, right? Must be part of the vast, right-wing conspiracy, even though blind faith in the police is one of the only disabilities conservatives share with lefties.

          I guess we should all be happy that these incompetent and murderous goons are paid to shoot citizens with automatic weapons while we cant even carry a pistol in LA without a special and nearly unobtainable permit.

          The police are just reacting to the stress of a difficult job. A job that is SIGNIFICANTLY less stressful and difficult than a daycare worker's job.

          Your tacit defense of the indefensible, illegal and contemptible actions of the LAPD and other CA law enforcement agencies is disturbing.

          • Ennis85

            "A job that is SIGNIFICANTLY less stressful and difficult than a daycare worker's job. "

            And how do you know? Were you ever in their shoes?

          • Ziggy Zoggy


            I've never been to the sun but I know its hot. I could even tell you its corona, surface and core temperatures. Do you suppose I flew up there with a thermometer?

            First hand arguments are for children.

            Police work is also SIGNIFICANTLY less dangerous than delivery driving and sewer working.

          • Bill Jones


            This guy gets it right.

            Key line

            “If the police are reduced to puddles of panic at the thought of dealing with one of their own, why should the public trust them – or countenance their institutional existence at all? ”

  • Dennis X

    Tim McVey a great white wing hero.

    • Headed4TheHills

      Please explain the "white wing hero" if you would.
      The man was a terrorist and murderer.
      Not sure who would consider that animal a hero.

      • Mary Sue

        I think he was trying to concoct a portmaneau of "white" and "right wing" as if the two go together like peanut butter and bananas.

    • Roger

      Arafat was a democrat hero.

    • BS77

      First of all, dumbkoff, it's McVeigh….and did you mean "right wing" or "white wing"? Never mind, we all know you are intellectually challenged.

      • Mary Sue

        I think he was combining "Great white" (as in the Indians' "Great White Father") and "Right wing" as if it meant something. Which it doesn't.

    • Mary Sue

      Uh no, sorry, try again. McVeigh was an irreligious nut job conspiracy theorist. Maybe he's a hero to Alex Jones but that's about it.

    • UCSPanther

      Lefty please: I have seen more radical leftist anarchists openly admiring Timonthy McVeigh than any so called Right-wing, except for the radical right wing fringe, which is all but ignored these days.

    • Ghostwriter

      Dennis,I don't consider that slimeball Tim McVey a hero. He was a beast that deserved the death penalty for what he did. He was a murderer. He DOESN'T get any praise from me.

  • cxt

    Dennis X

    "great white wing hero"

    To whom….exactly?????

    Not anybody I know……..unlike Dorner McVeigh is a vilified mass murderer–as he should be.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    The Obama Constituents LOVE FRIED CHICKENS!!!

    ….pass the cole slaw …….

    • Dennis X

      Perhaps James Earl Ray and matzo balls is more your speed.

      • κατεργάζομαι

        Replying to Dennis X (QUOTE) "Perhaps James Earl Ray and matzo balls is more your speed.

        YES! Indeed. – Dennis X! YOU DEAD BEAT Democrats ..ARE the party of utopian rage.

        You persist in replacing real political debate with effusive attacks on conservatives while promising to create an idyllic society for Americans.

        Rather than living in the shell of colorblindness and accepting that a majority of African Americans and Hispanics will never vote AGAINST liberalism's grip,

        ~ Republicans need to engage in conversations about race while offering conservative solutions for all.

        Conservatives can and should celebrate different heritages while promoting traditional American values of independence and capitalism that have united the country across ethnic lines for centuries.

        The American love of self-reliance and varied opinion is what unifies this country and it comes in many different shades

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "Folk Hero?"

    …..Want sum Joan Baez sauce wit dat Blackened CHICKEN???

  • Chris_Shugart

    Just about every pundit, blogger, and media commenter who wants to extract some political meaning out of Dorner's statements starts out with "Now I'm not condoning what he did, but. . ." as if such a disclaimer is necessary. Really? No sane person is condoning what he did, yet the media myth makers feel compelled to make such an obvious and unnecessary statement. Why?

  • Lisa

    Do left wingers love cop killers or just black cop killers? Can anyone site a white cop killer(in the last 60 years) who is adored by liberals?

    • pagegl

      Well, Bernadine Dohrn and William Ayers didn't manage to kill cops, but not for lack of trying.

      • Lisa

        Yes that's true and I don't think Marilyn Buck actually killed a cop herself but wanted to j like Ayers and Dohrn. Thanks for the reply, I was hoping someone would answer.
        This celebration still seems focused as an anti-white movement. Dohrn, Ayers, and Buck are or were part of the black separatists movement and of course Peltier is not white..

        • Matthew Vadum

          Marilyn Buck was a convicted murderer. See her NYT obit from Aug. 6, 2010:

          • Mary Sue

            I have to wonder if she got her idiocy from her Lefty Episcopalian Priest father, which was then nurtured and hatched out in Berserkely.

    • UCSPanther

      I know of two other white cop killers, but they are both dead and more or less forgotten by BOTH sides of the political spectrum, and they were not too much different from Dorner in many respects.

      Richard Snell: A white supremicist terrorist who robbed a pawn shop, murdered the owner, killed a police officer, and then tried to shoot his way out of a roadblock during his flight. He was caught and properly punished with execution. Now dead and forgotten.

      Gordon Kahl: A tax evader who murdered two federal marshalls and a sheriff during his flight, and met a fate not much different from Dorner's. Now dead and forgotten.

      • Lisa

        Thanks for the answer. I wonder if they were celebrated around the time of their murderous acts. I will see what I come up with on the internet.

    • sononthe_beach

      Lee Harvey Oswald killed a policeman.

  • Lisa

    After a quick search, Gordon Kahl sounds like someone Alex Jones would celebrate or defend.

  • Anthony

    Here’s a litmus test guilt ridden whites:

    If a survey of Dorner’s actions was condicted in a single classroom at he junior high level, how many “students” would be against him?

    CRICKETS …….. Thank you gated community liberals!

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    The heroic "pigs" shot an old Mexican woman and her middle aged daughter delivering newspapers in a case of mistaken identity. Neither woman looked like a big bald Black man and their truck looked nothing like Dorner's but that didn't stop them from trying to murder the two anyway. Shortly thereafter they opened fire on more innocent people driving a truck. The innocent occupants escaped unharmed due to luck and police incompetence but were subsequently charged with phony crimes. The cops terrorized the population for days during their hunt and kill Dorner mission, and finally burned him alive in a cabin-DELIBERATELY, as proved by recordings of the murder.

    Dorner is no hero and neither are the pigs. These are the people who are deemed fit to carry assault weapons against the public while private citizens are not allowed to own them for defense.

    • Phil

      You are an idiot and a liar. Nothing was proved by the recordings of the siegeexcept in the warped minds of morons like you. Obviously there are bad cops just like there are bad doctors, bad lawyers and bad truck drivers. What does that have to do with somebody who is so filled with rage and has such a non-existant conscience that he decides to murder innocent people because of some grievance? Who the hell in their right mind supports somebody like that? The answer is obvious—nobody in their right mind.

      • Ziggy Zoggy


        am I an idiot or a moron? I need to know if I should stock up on diapers or just repeat the 8th grade.

        Of course you have proof that the audio recordings of the cops burning Dorner up were falsified and that their claims that Dorner did it himself has been verified by somebody other than a police spokesperson (PR flack.)

        Common sense dictates that the cops shot up a couple of Mexican women and tried to kill a random White guy in a truck AFTER SEEING HIS ID because they were absolutely NOT trying to murder Dorner. Unless you can prove their innocence in those instances as well.

        When is the last time you were shot or burned alive by a bad doctor, lawyer or truck driver? What does a bad person in another profession have to do with cops who are so filled with rage and have such non-existent consciences that they decide to murder innocent people and a criminal suspect because of some grievance?

        Who the Hell says I support Dorner in any way—-nobody with a third grade level of reading comprehension. That would be an 7-8 year old or an imbecile, by the way.

    • Ennis85

      "These are the people who are deemed fit to carry assault weapons against the public while private citizens are not allowed to own them for defense."

      And what private citizens would you consider worthy of possessing firearms? The crips? Neo-nazi militias? Eric Harris? Jared loughner? Adam Lanza?

      • Ziggy Zoggy

        Any law abiding citizen has the constitutional right to own weapons capable of defending himself from a tyrannical government, foreign invader or common criminal but those rights are being denied. A constitutional amendment could remove those rights but I oppose that.

        I consider myself worthy along with guys like Ted Nugent, the local high school principal, my friends, my neighbors, etc. Any law abiding citizen.

  • slider 96

    DORNER, FOLK HERO OF THE RIGHT . Nobody loves cop killers more than rightwingers .

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      sleazer 96,
      name one "right-winger" who loves "cop killers."

      • Warren Jones

        That didn't need to be said, but I'm glad that you did.

    • Mary Sue

      Ok now you're just out to lunch. You left your brain on the slide.

  • slider 96

    That sound STUPID to you Vadum? That's what you sound like .

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Sleazer 96,

      Dorner was a hardcore leftist and not a "rightwinger," whatever that is. I suspect that everybody to the right of Obama and Michael Moore would be right-wingers in your Bizarro world.

    • RUI

      Using all caps doesn't equal making or having a point. And I see you're using simple phrases, like we agreed. Good. Keep practicing that syntax. Also, I forgot to mention: when writing, people don't "sound" like anything. A webpage like this is a visual medium. The sound you are writing about must be the voices in your head. Or the wind!

  • Cognitive Dissident

    Another case of government overreach?

  • Phil

    Every murderer has grievances—whether real or imagined. What are we going to do now—publish every murderer's manifesto? What about Manson? He had grievances. Are we going to excuse him also? Who the hell cares what grievances this monster had? He killed innocent people who had nothing to do with the issues that he supposedly had. So-called journalists like Chris Matthews are just idiots and hypocrites who are destroying our civilization by their moral relativism. To these non-liberal leftists, anything is justifiable as long as the crime is committed by one of their own. Shame on the disgusting culture in our colleges and media centers.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      you are right this time around.

      My question is what about the cops? They had a grievance. Are we going to excuse their murder of Dorner and attempted murder of at least three other people? Your justifiable condemnation of moral relativism applies here.

    • Warren Jones

      Excellent. Your remarks deserve greater circulation. On the other hand, it's deplorable that they need to be said, that there are people who need to hear this.

  • Mary Grabar

    Dorner got his just reward. Are we seeing a resurgence of the 1960s? The question remains: why is Marc Lamont Hill given a platform at Fox? Thanks for exposing these sickos.

  • obama guy

    Oh yes, you folks have officially lost it. He's our "Folk Hero." My goodness. God help you.

    • Velveeta

      Anybody who calls himself "obama guy" lost it long ago, if he ever had it (which is doubtful).

    • Mary Sue

      So you're a lefty?

  • clarespark

    The Oscars are almost upon us, and LINCOLN will get significant awards. I decoded its ideology here:…. "LINCOLN, the movie as propaganda." Briefly, it highlights racism as the chief motif in US history. It also separates Abraham Lincoln from his Hamiltonian Republican predecessors, for Jacksonian populist purposes.

  • Ghostwriter

    In my view,Christopher Dorner was a sick,demented psycho. He deserved what he got and I'm not going to shed any tears for that monster.

  • Front PgSubscr

    Seen LaMont Hill on the 'factor' (O'Reilly Factor). Usually came off as a whining
    mealy-mouth for socially judicial (conscionable) and 'affirmative active' causes.

  • Jackson Hounds

    Cops kill people every day, presumably innocent people, and the truly innocent alike. It's what they are trained to do. Cold blooded killing to protect their own high paid safety. Their canines lives are worth more than your own, according to the Justice system. However, if you look you will find that lives mean nothing to them. Cops create, suppress and manipulate evidence all the time to get a conviction, regardless of who's life is destroyed in the process. Their perjury has become epidemic. Their inability to determine the difference between enforcement and executioner should be of concern to everyone. The fact is, that if the average intelligence level wasn't so low, all of society would be able to admit that cops are the real violent criminals. The question I'm asking myself is whether it is sheer ignorance or willful blindness that allows everyone but the left wingers the ability to close their eyes to reality? It doesn't take a genius to recognize your "Justice System" is another criminal organization looking for their cut.