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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 h**t 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.