“We have a culture of more and more extreme behavior," says Najee Ali, a well-known black activist and executive director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. in Los Angeles, which he says shows up in everything from video games to TV and movies. At the same time, he adds, “we are seeing a growing culture of resentment for police brutality that is overlooked and tolerated in communities of color.” When something like this happens, extraordinary as the details are, the fundamental narrative of unfairness at the hands of law enforcement is strong, he says.
Dorner’s 10-day rampage began with two murders, one victim the daughter of the man who had defended him in a 2008 disciplinary hearing, after which Dorner was fired. As the killing began, the 33-year-old former Navy reservist posted an online manifesto detailing his belief that he had been wrongly fired. The 5,900-word blast also included a promise to kill not only officers he felt had wronged him, but also members of their families. LAPD officers have been on high-alert guard duty for some 50 family members of its personnel for nearly a week, straining the department's capacity for routine law enforcement.
Mr. Fuentes, who has had years of experience in dealing with the Mafia and South American drug cartels, noted that targeting families as a means of terrorism happens routinely in other nations. But in American communities, this “is new," he said on CNN, "something we have not seen before in this country.”