As much as we all want to believe that law enforcement officials are always the good guys who will do whatever they can to serve and protect the community, there have been a number of cases over the decades and in recent years that demonstrate exactly the opposite. Below you’ll find examples of several police officers who also turned out to be violent criminals and serial murderers. Shockingly, some them even investigated their own crimes and placed the blame on other people who ended up being severely punished and, in some cases, wrongfully executed. It’s almost unimaginable to think that they exist but you’ll be hard-pressed to find cases of people who have committed worse atrocities than these killer cops.
7. Christopher Dorner
After filing a report accusing another officer of extreme and unnecessary force during an arrest, Christopher Dorner was let go from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008. Feeling his termination was unjust, Dorner made an appeal but the appeals court concluded that the LAPD Board of Rights had substantial evidence for its conclusion that Dorner was not credible in his allegations against the officer.
On February 1, 2013, Dorner’s revenge killing spree began with the murder of a couple in their vehicle, including the daughter of LAPD captain Randal Quan who acted as his defense counsel in the hearings of his allegations. In his Facebook manifesto, Dorner admitted that he went after Quan’s daughter and her fiance because he didn’t think Quan did a good enough job defending him. After examining the manifesto, the LAPD reopened the case of Dorner’s release, and Chief Charlie Beck made a public statement to assure Dorner they were serious about reviewing his dismissal. Meanwhile, police started a manhunt and offered a reward for Dorner, deeming him to be a domestic terrorist. In the days that followed, he ambushed and killed Officer Michael Crain and injured his partner while they were on patrol.
Dorner’s killing spree was finally stopped on February 12 after a tense standoff and gunfight during which Deputy Jeremiah MacKay was shot and killed. As officers tried to smoke him out with tear gas, they heard a single gunshot from inside the cabin. When Dorner’s body was removed, the official cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.