Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is trying to reach out to fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, asking him to stop his crime spree.
As we detailed earlier, Dorner has shot and killed a police officer and an engaged couple, all in the course of one week. A massive manhunt continues for the fugitive who has last been seen in the resort town of Big Bear, near LA.
Jackson has put out a public plea on Thursday, addressing Dorner's issue with law enforcement, caused by his termination from the LAPD in 2008.
“Apparently you have been wounded by your past experiences of what you have stated in losing your job. I understand your feelings of being hurt.
“I’m making a plea to you to stop spreading the pain, the hurt and the fear. Please stop (sic) don’t take anymore (sic) lives,” the reverend says for CBS Los Angeles.
Jackson goes on to offer his emotional support to the runaway officer, and tries to appeal to Dorner's compassion by mentioning how he is making his mother feel.
The reverend leaves his contact information and names several other people he believes are able to help the officer.
“Christopher, your mother is in pain and concerned for your safety. There are many good and creditable people in Los Angeles, like The Los Angeles Sentinel’s Executive Publisher/CEO Danny J. Bakewell Sr., Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer and Rev. Charles Singleton.
“These individuals I know personally and they would gladly receive you. Whatever I can do without hesitation please contact me through Danny Bakewell at the L.A. Sentinel,” Jackson writes.
Speaking about Dorner's manifesto, the reverend tries to show empathy and get through to the rogue cop.
“I understand what he’s saying, but I don’t want to address that now,” he states.
He argues that he doesn't want Dorner hurt, explaining that he cannot make a difference unless he's still alive.
“There’ll be a chance for him to make his case if he’s alive in the proper venue, but not somewhere holed up shooting and being shot,” Jackson said.