The $1.2 million reward offered for Christopher Dorner's capture should be paid out despite his death, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said this morning.
The public called in more than 1,000 tips to a police hotline, most of them after the reward was offered.
"It had its desired effect. It should be paid out," the chief said during a press conference at LAPD headquarters downtown.
He said department officials will meet with people involved and make sure the money is fairly distributed. But Beck said he doesn't know how long that will take.
The task is complicated by the number of governments and private citizens who contributed to the reward fund. Some municipalities have limitations on such reward payments.
Beck also said
- an internal reinvestigation of the Dorner case will be made public within a few months.
- LAPD will address the Dorner case and issues raised in his manifesto with "transparency."
- LAPD needs to protect hard-earned improvements in its public reputation and relationship with minorities.
Dorner, a former LAPD officer who was fired in 2009 for making false allegations against another officer, threatened to kill LAPD officers and their families in an online rant.
Dorner, who was black, wrote that the department is beset by racial problems and has not changed since the Rodney King and Rampart scandals.
Beck said he does not believe that, but that the LAPD needs to reassure the people it protects.
"We are only as good as the public thinks we are," He added, "If we don't have public confidence, I can't provide public safety." - Beck said.
In his 11,000-word post, Dorner threatened to kill police officers and their families. He wrote that the killing would stop only when his name was publicly cleared by the LAPD
He did not kill any LAPD officers, but police said he opened fire at two and later killed a Riverside police officer and a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy.
He died in an apparent suicide after a final standoff with San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies on Feb. 12.
His charred body was found in a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains after police fired tear gas into the home, sparking a fire.
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