Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN. Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) February 7, 2013
Christopher Jordan Dorner, the fired L.A. cop and ex-Navy officer who allegdly went on a killing spree and is the target of a massive manhunt in California, sent a package to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the TV journalist revealed this evening.
The package contained a DVD, a yellow Post-It note reading “I never lied,” and a Chief of Police souvenir coin full of bullet holes.
The coin was wrapped in duct tape, on which Dorner wrote “Thanks but no thanks, Will Bratton.”
The souvenir coin is presumably a memento from a meeting with former L.A. police chief William Bratton, seen in a photo on Dorner’s Facebook page (below). Bratton, interviewed by CNN, confirmed he gives out those coins and also speculated the coin in question had been shot with a .22.
Also written on the duct tape, apparently, are the number and letters “1 M.O.A.,” possibly meaning one minute of arc, a marksmanship term, as explained by Wikipedia:
The arcminute is commonly found in the firearms industry and literature, particularly concerning the accuracy of rifles, though the industry refers to it as minute of angle. It is especially popular with shooters familiar with the Imperial measurement system because 1 MOA subtends approximately one inch at 100 yards, a traditional distance on target ranges. Since most modern rifle scopes are adjustable in half (1⁄2), quarter (1⁄4), or eighth (1⁄8) MOA increments, also known as clicks, this makes zeroing and adjustments much easier. For example, if the point of impact is 3″ high and 1.5″ left of the point of aim at 100 yards, the scope needs to be adjusted 3 MOA down, and 1.5 MOA right. Such adjustments are trivial when the scope’s adjustment dials have an MOA scale printed on them, and even figuring the right number of clicks is relatively easy on scopes that click in fractions of MOA.
The full text on the Post-It note reads “I never lied. Here is my vindication. Evans kicked the suspect. Very respectfully, Chris Dorner.”
Dorner — assuming the package is indeed from him — is referring to the case that got him booted from the LAPD. In August 2007 he accused a field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans, of kicking a schizophrenic, demented suspect named Christopher Gettler. The LAPD Board of Rights ruled in 2008 that Dorner lied — and he was fired for making a false statement. Dorner considers himself a whistleblower who was wronged by the system. Read testimony from his appeal case here.
The DVD in the package contains an interview with the man allegedly kicked by Evans, bolstering Dorner’s version of events.
Cooper was one of several journalists mentioned in Dorner’s now-infamous manifesto. Here’s the passage:
Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.
Read the full manifesto (Fact 2) as well as the full story of Dorner’s alleged killing spree and resulting manhunt here: