Yesterday morning, two maids — still unnamed at this time — walked into what they believed to be an empty cabin in California's Big Bear
mountains. Instead, they stumbled upon fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, who tied them up and fled in a purple Nissan. Eventually, one of the maids
managed to break loose and call the police. About a half-hour later, according to the Los Angeles Times, "officers with the California Department of
Fish and Wildlife spotted the stolen vehicle and called for backup," and the chase was on. Following a shoot-out, Dorner took refuge in another
cabin, where he died in a fire.
Normally, the maid's actions, which clearly led to Dorner's demise, would merely earn her the gratitude of the police force and the community. But
this was hardly just any old criminal investigation. Three days ago, a group of local businesses, organizations, and private citizens, led by the Los
Angeles mayor's office, cobbled together a record-breaking $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's "arrest, apprehension, and
conviction," in the words of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.
Does the maid, in a fairy-tale twist, get that million dollars? It's not clear. The maid's phone call didn't technically lead to the "arrest,
apprehension, and conviction" of Dorner, only to his death, so if the terms of the reward are taken literally, it would seem she's out of luck.
However, the city did get exactly what it wanted — the chance to bring Dorner to justice and end his reign of terror. Being stingy with the money,
in such a high-profile case, could arguably dissuade citizens from making an effort to help the LAPD when rewards are offered in the future.
So, it seems that the LAPD is speaking with lawyers to see if they have to pay the reward. The reward was for the "arrest, apprehension, and
conviction", but as im sure you've read in the numerous threads on ATS, dorner supposedly died in a fire. A fire that appears to have been set by
the LAPD, or other forces on site.
To me this seems completely wrong and unfair, sorry, you dont get the reward we offered because he cant be convicted now that we killed him.
I wanted to get your thoughts on this, and if i am totally off base here let me know
ETA: I dont start threads often, but i did search for this part of the story and didnt come up with anything. Mods: feel free to delete, move, or
anything else you see fit for this thread.