CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said Christopher Jordan Dorner, the ex-cop who police say has killed three people, sent him an LAPD gold coin shot through with multiple bullet holes.
Cooper said his office received the package from Dorner on Feb. 1, but only became aware of its existence Thursday.
The coin was wrapped in duct tape, labeled “Thanks but no thanks Will Bratton,” in apparent reference to the former Los Angeles police chief. The coin was engraved with Bratton’s name.
Bratton told Anderson the coin was “a Challenge Coin” –- a personal coin that he gave out to officers enlisted in the military and heading overseas “as a token of respect and good luck.”
Bratton said he did not recall Dorner nor “the specific set of circumstances for which I fired him.”
“I could understand his grievance directed toward me in my capacity as chief of police,” Bratton said. “But a lot of police officers get discharged, and none of them resort to the actions that this young man has taken.”
Also in the package was a DVD and Post-It note.
In pictures shown on the show, the Post-It note reads, in part: “I never lied! Here is my vindication. Evans kicked the suspect.” The DVD, Cooper said, contains testimony that appears to corroborate Dorner’s claims.
The note appears to be in reference to an incident that led to Dorner’s firing from the LAPD. Dorner alleged that he had witnessed his law enforcement partner, Teresa Evans, kick a mentally ill man while he was handcuffed. Investigators concluded there was no truth to Dorner’s claim. A discipline board found that Dorner had lied about the incident and fired him.