The Riverside City Council in California wants to make it perfectly that when they offered $100,000 for the "arrest and conviction" of Christopher Dorner, the fugitive cop-turned-killer whose manhunt panicked a state and briefly a nation, they meant arrest and conviction—not "burned to death in a mountain cabin."
Since Dorner's death on February 14, there's been much back and forth about who, if anyone, has satisfied the conditions to claim a $1,000,000 reward that was offered for anyone who helped to track Dorner down. But Riverside cleared up any confusion on their end by stating that no one is getting their share of the money. Since Dorner killed himself before police could slap the cuffs on him, he couldn't be arrested or convicted, so... no reward. One of the four people Dorner killed on his spree was a Riverside police officer.
The Peace Officers Research Asocation of California also pledged an unspecified amount to the reward bounty, but has decided to place their money "on hold" until they learn more. The head of that organization said he had spoken to other unnamed groups that are also planning to pull their pledges for the same reason.
More than 25 different groups, including the LAPD and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, had pledging varying amounts which were pooled into the $1 million reward offer. There have been at least two solid claims on the reward, one from a couple who was tied up after Dorner broke into thier house and stole their car; the other came from a park ranger who was carjacked by Dorner and called 911 to alert police to his general location.
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