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LAPD insider 'Crystal' can relate to Chris Dorner, manifesto

February 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Hours before Chris Dorner's final stand, an LAPD veteran of 20 years gave an emotional interview to Eyewitness News in an effort to reach out to Dorner.

Her identity is being kept hidden, but she wanted to be called "Crystal." She said although she does not condone Dorner's violent actions, she can relate to his frustrations with the LAPD.

"I don't condone what he's done. It's appalling. But, it could have been me," she said. "It could have been many other officers that's in the situation he's in as we speak, and I just want him to know that there are officers out there that feel his pain."

Crystal said she too had a grievance with the LAPD and was treated unfairly. She also said a number of officers feel the same as Dorner did.

"There is some truth. I can relate to a lot of what he stated in his manifesto," she said. "I have no knowledge of what he personally went through; I can relate by what I went through. Speaking with other officers they can relate. I'm not saying I condone what he's doing by any means, but I can see how he fell of the cliff. I can totally see it. Totally."

She also said a number of different officers could have snapped like Dorner did, including herself, a thought she finds disturbing.

"I'm a female and to even think that that even could...It's just frightening," she said, breaking down in tears.

Crystal went as far as writing a letter to Dorner, and now she would like his mother and sister to read it. She said the experiences have brought her emotional upset.

"Just the pain, the frustration the fear. And innocent people's been hurt by a practice that has just continued through the department. It's just not right, it's just not right," she said through sobs.

Read the letter to Chris Dorner from LAPD insider "Crystal."


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