The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday said it remained "committed" to doling out the $1.2 million reward offered during the manhunt for rogue ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, one day after the city of Riverside pulled its $100,000 pledge. Ted Chen reports from Downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 26, 2013.
The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday said it remained "committed" to doling out the $1.2 million reward offered during the manhunt for rogue ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, one day after the city of Riverside pulled its $100,000 pledge.
The city of Riverside announced it is withdrawing its $100,000 pledge offered during the frantic manhunt that left four people, including Riverside police officer Michael Crain, dead.
Representatives for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which donated an undisclosed amount to the reward pot, said the organization does not believe the criteria for the reward was met, but is waiting on more information from LAPD to make a final decision on the reward.
Dorner died from an apparent suicide while cornered in a burning cabin near Big Bear last month. The city of Riverside cited this as its reason to rescind its $100,000, which was contingent on Dorner's arrest and conviction.
Angelenos urged LAPD to keep its promise during Tuesday’s police commission meeting.
"I need to know that my LAPD is good for its word," a citizen said.
Twenty-seven organizations and businesses contributed to the reward, offered while Dorner carried out a revenge-motivated killing spree in what he called an attempt to clear his name after being fired from the force.
The FBI and Staples Center owner Anschutz Entertainment Group are among the donors. Neither entity would comment Tuesday on whether their pledges were still intact.
The city of Irvine, where a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiancé were killed by Dorner, said on Tuesday their pledge of $100,000 remains. And Riverside County's $100,000, separate from the $1.2 million reward pot, is still posted.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said the department is working with those entities to decide who will receive the reward.
"We’ll be able to dispatch what reward remains and I know that the mayor is committed and so am I," Beck said.
Both incidents happened in the hours leading up to Dorner's final standoff, and both parties called authorities to report encountering a man who looked like Dorner.
The rogue ex-officer meticulously bound Karen and Jim Reynolds in their Big Bear cabin before stealing their car.
"Karen Reynolds freed herself in a matter of minutes after Mr. Dorner left the cabin and called 911 and really did that even though she was creating a much greater risk to her," said Kirk Hallam, the attorney for the Reynoldses.
LA City Councilmember and former LAPD officer Dennis Zine said LA cannot back out on its $100,000 pledge, on a technicality.
"Clearly we made the commitment. We need to live up to our commitment," Zine said. "The commitment was we’re going to give a reward and we’re going to do that."
CORRECTION: NBC4 erroneously reported that the Los Angeles Police Protective League was pulling its reward pledge. Eric Rose, president of the union, said the organization does not believe at this time that the criteria was met but is waiting for more information from LAPD before making a decision about its pledge.