July 11, 2013
Southern California resident David Purdue has had his claim denied by the City of Torrance and the local police department after he was mistaken for ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. Police were searching for Dorner after he allegedly went on a killing spree that left four dead, including two police officers and wounded three other police officers.
Purdue filed an excessive force complaint against the city after police crashed their vehicle into his and fired several shots at him. Purdue says police still shot at him even after he had been cleared as not being the suspect.
Despite bullets whistling by Purdue’s head, miraculously he was not hit, but today suffers from back pain caused by the crash. The injury has prevented him from returning to his job as a baggage handler at the LA International Airport.
Purdue was traveling to the beach for an early-morning surf session on February 7 of this year when he had his unfortunate encounter with the Torrance police.
The victim says he had no warning when police began firing shots at his Honda truck. After police ordered Purdue out of his vehicle, they held him at gunpoint and detained him for nearly an hour.
Torrance police have refused to comment while the lawsuit is ongoing.
Two other women were targeted that day in the same neighborhood while delivering newspapers.
Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were shot at by police after their vehicle was also mistaken for Dorner’s. Hernandez was shot twice in the back and Carranza suffered injuries from the broken glass.
Infowars.com reported in April that the women received $4.2 million from the City of Los Angeles, which the women will split amongst them.
Based on the women’s settlement, one can only wonder if Purdue would have received compensation if he had been hit with bullets that day.
Robert Sheahen, the attorney for the City of Torrance said, “Any loss suffered was unavoidable; the officers were just doing their job.”
This statement is commonly used an excuse for police misconduct, and is seemingly a tactic that has worked thus far.
Further Sheahen stated, “Instead of resuming dialogue, Torrance has retained outside counsel, at a potential cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is money which in good faith should be going to the Perdue family.”
Police claim 38-year old Dorner committed suicide via a gunshot to the head. However, other reports claim he was burned alive while hiding inside a cabin after police set it ablaze.
Dorner previously served in the Navy and then went to work for the Los Angeles Police Department in 2005.
According to Dorner, he was wrongly terminated in 2009 for “making accusations against a training officer that included an allegation that the officer kicked a suspect in July 2007.”
In an online manifesto, Dorner alleged that the LAPD was a “racist organization that ruined his life.”