Audio catches cops shouting ‘Burn this motherf*cker!’ during Dorner siege

By David Edwards
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:30 EDT
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Cabin fire during police standoff with Christopher Dorner
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Scanner audio apparently broadcast by the Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL on Tuesday captured angry officers yelling to “burn this motherfucker” prior to a cabin fire that is thought to have burned the body of fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

In a video recording posted to YouTube on Tuesday, the anchor pauses to let the viewer hear the mostly-inaudible scanner traffic.

“Do it right now,” one voice says. “Fucking burn this motherfucker!”

“Police officers, understandably upset,” the anchor explains.

A separate recording of scanner traffic — which has not been verified — features officers talking about going forward “with the burn.”

“All right, Steve, we’re gonna go — we’re gonna go forward with the plan, with — with the burn,” a male voice on the recording instructs. “We want it like we talked about.”

“Seven burners deployed and we have a fire,” the voice later adds.

“Copy,” a female voice replies. “Seven burners deployed and we have a fire.”

“Guys, be ready on the number four side. We have fire in the front. He might come out the back,” a male voice says.

As the Modesto Bee noted last year, there is one type of incendiary tear gas canister call a “burner,” which can start fires when deployed.

A statement from San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday said that burnt human remains had been found in the Big Bear cabin where Dorner was thought to be holed up, but the body had not yet been identified.

“Investigators have located charred human remains within the debris of the burned out cabin,” McMahon said.

Dorner, who served as a Los Angeles police officer from 2005 to 2008, is suspected in the killing of four people, including a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy, a Riverside police officer and the daughter of a former LAPD captain.

Dorner has claimed that his dismissal from the force was due to racism.

KCAL did not respond to Raw Story’s attempt to verify its broadcast by the time of publication. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has not commented on the cause of the fire.

Watch this video from KCAL, broadcast Feb. 12, 2013.

Listen to this alleged scanner audio, uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 12, 2013.

(h/t: Gawker)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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