Dorner eludes manhunt but not Internet memes
As a widespread multi-day manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner continued Monday, memes mocking the ex-cop and the Los Angeles Police Department have surfaced on the Internet. So too have T-shirts, decals, domain names and bumper stickers — all for sale.
An example: For just a few dollars on EBay, interested buyers can purchase a black-and-yellow bumper sticker riddled with bullet holes that commands: “Don’t SHOOT! I’m NOT DORNER.”
Despite a flurry of tips that have drawn police to a San Bernardino apartment complex and a Northridge home improvement store, Dorner remained at large Monday.
Southern California has been on edge as the multiagency manhunt continues for the 33-year-old Navy veteran suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding two others. The investigation into Dorner's whereabouts has fanned out across the region, taking authorities as far east as Las Vegas and as far south as San Diego.
He is not the first person to be the subject of sarcastic Internet memes. Bloggers and anyone with access to photo-altering software have taken to the Internet previously to poke fun at police who used pepper spray on Occupy protesters, the short-lived new University of California logo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and many other things.
Many of the Dorner memes use a head shot of the former cop and put text on the photo representing what Dorner might say or think.
“FREEZE!!” one says. Then: “Just kidding.”
Others use the widely distributed photo of a blue truck that was hit multiple times by LAPD gunfire. Authorities opened fire on the truck during their search for Dorner, only to find that they had fired on two women delivering newspapers.
“Wrong make? Wrong model? Wrong color?” one meme says. “OPEN FIRE!!!”
Police Chief Charlie Beck called the incident a “tragic misinterpretation.” He will provide a new truck to the two women injured by officers, a police spokesman said Saturday.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: An undated photo of suspect Christopher Dorner. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department