LOS ANGELES – Despite concerns that wanted fugitive Christopher Dorner will target the Grammy Awards tonight in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the LAPD said that the department is not beefing up security in response to a possible threat from Dorner.
“Security will be up, but it always is for awards shows,” Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department told BuzzFeed. Joseph declined to state how many LAPD officers would be at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles acting as security for the ceremony.
Still, Officer Joseph told BuzzFeed, “we’ve received no confirmation of a threat” by Dorner to tonight’s Grammy Awards.
The concerns stem from a line in Dorner’s infamous manifesto, in which the ex-LAPD and Navy Reserve officer wrote, “I will mitigate all risks, threats and hazards. I assure you that Incident Command Posts will be target-rich environments.”
An “incident command post” is a temporary police post set up to handle security at large events, including awards shows like the Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars.
Former LAPD deputy chief John Miller, though, told CBS Saturday that his former colleagues are worried that Dorner might take advantage of media coverage and large concentration of officers at the Grammy Awards.
“There will be the Grammys on Sunday, where you’re going to have a major police command post and a major police presence,” Miller said.
He added that security concerns are complicated by the fact that the LAPD’s forces are already stretched thin by the ongoing manhunt for Dorner in Big Bear, California. “People are being called in on days off, overtime, and so on,” Miller added.
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