POSTED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 10:11pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 11:39pm
(CNN) — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday that a reward of $1 million is being offered for information leading to the capture of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who is accused of killing three people in the past week.
"Leaders from throughout the region, including leaders from businesses and unions, government, law enforcement and community groups, came together to pool resources and protect our core value of public safety. Collectively, this group, led by my office, is posting a reward of $1 million dollars for information that will lead to Mr. Dorner's capture." said Villaraigosa.
Dorner claims LAPD racism cost him his job after he accused his training officer of kicking an elderly man during an arrest in 2007.
He wrote a searing manifesto threatening the lives of police officers and their families.
"This is the largest local reward ever offered, to our knowledge," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Southern California is banding together and offering the financial incentive, hoping someone will tip authorities off to Dorner's whereabouts.
"Some may ask why so large? This is an act, and make no mistake about it, of domestic terrorism. This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. His actions cannot go unanswered. A society is defined by what it values. And we value our law enforcement family. That's why the reward is so significant," said Beck.