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by Deborah Caldwell
An African-American LAPD officer who is still on the force has reached out to ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner, confirming some of Dorner’s accusations of racism, and guiding Dorner on how best to turn himself in without being harmed.
Sgt. Wayne K. Guillary posted a message on the website of Earl Ofari Hutchinson in which he details how being outspoken has negatively impacted his time in the force:
… There’s still much work to be done … Some may say that nothing has changed with the leadership in the LAPD. … Trust me I have been in the fight with the organization regarding social and racial injustice within the LAPD. Currently, I am the only out spoken African American within the organization that possesses the moral courage to confront and ask questions unflinchingly about race, racism and discrimination in the LAPD. Yet still, I have paid a humiliating price inside the LAPD for preserving and believing in the importance of “I have a Dream.”
Sgt Gillary then describes the period during which he faced the most racism:
Markedly, by 1997 I would find out just how deep the racism existed within the darkened corridors of the LAPD. The experience would forever change the way I would express my thoughts about the incidents of racial injustice inside the LAPD. I had witnessed and personally experienced within the organization acts of blatant discrimination. Its affect left its victims losing hope; their faces were streaming with tears of despair and their voices crying out screams of desperation.
Guillary then cautions Dorner against turning himself in without the media present:
Christopher, I ask that you stop your actions my brother. This is not the answer, nor is this the way to resolve conflict. Too many people have been hurt and too many innocent families are hurting … Contact a news station and surrender peacefully so that you are not harmed.
This certainly doesn’t come as a vote of confidence to those who’ve said that racism within the ranks of the LAPD was no longer a problem. Judging from Guillary’s testimony, there’s still work to be done.