It´s the million-dollar reward that´s raising a million-dollar question: Who, if anyone, is entitled to the money offered in the hunt for Christopher Dorner? The catch is that Dorner, the rogue former Los Angeles police officer who sparked a massive manhunt, was never captured. He died after a shootout and fire at a California mountain cabin this week after, authorities say, he killed four people and wounded three others. The city of Los Angeles put up the $1 million reward Sunday, together with other jurisdictions, groups, and private donors. It had been a few days since Dorner was last seen,
The authorities have a problem in putting up such rewards, namely, by not spelling out the conditions for earning the reward. It therefore leaves open the question of who or how many people qualify.
Are victims who survive and escape to call the cops eligible? Just the first one or all of them? How about citizens who call in a correct tip that wasn´t followed up? Etc. There´s going to be line a mile long for this one.
We can’t find the criminal, you help us do our job and we will reward you, if we capture the criminal. Ops we killed the criminal thanks for the help; no reward for you. Please turn in you weapons now; you law abiding citizens.
The city of Los Angeles puts up a $1M bonus* for Dorner´s capture, probably to spare itself further embarrassment for police buffoons shooting up little old ladies and skinny white guys sneaking in a .little surfing before work.
* What percentage of the $1M was put up by unwitting/unwilling LA taxpayers vs contributions by "other jurisdictions, groups, and private donors"?
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