The protest signs across from LAPD headquarters Saturday read: "Clear Christopher Dorner's name," "RIP Habeas Corpus" and "Blue Code = Obstruction of Justice."
They were hoisted by dozens of demonstrators angered by the police response to the fired Los Angeles police officer accused of killing four people and wounding three others in a revenge rampage across Southern California.
Christopher Dorner, 33, of La Palma, died of a single gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted, Tuesday as flames engulfed a Big Bear-area cabin, following a shootout with deputies.
"Burning people out is inhumane," said Michael Nam, 30, of Lomita, a Marine combat veteran who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "For me, I'm not protesting against the department as a whole, but the way this certain case was handled."
The flash protest advertised on Facebook and other social media drew residents from across the Southland to the downtown police headquarters across from City Hall.
Most said they didn't condone the ex-cop's alleged murders - which included two cops, and the daughter of a cop and her fiance - in response to his 2008 police firing.
They said they were angry at how the Los Angeles Police Department fired Dorner after he accused his training officer of kicking a mentally ill man. The LAPD, which has re-opened its investigation, justified its termination.
They said they were upset over how police fired at two pickup trucks that resembled Dorner's, injuring an elderly newspaper woman. The LAPD immediately apologized for its show of force.
They said they were incensed by how police burned out Dorner, who'd been surrounded by legions of law enforcement. Police say they didn't intend to burn the cabin by employing pyrotechnic tear gas.
The protest, which organizers had predicted would attract 800 people, actually managed to draw about 30. In response, the LAPD wrapped yellow tape around its headquarters.
James and Rosa Pedregon, who had read Dorner's manifesto, said he had a good case against his former employer.
"We've been victims: Getting a bad rap at work, getting laid off without notice," said James Pedregon, 39, of Victorville. "What he did was wrong, but we have heart for why he did it."
He said if the LAPD brass had bothered to investigate Dorner's claims, no one would have died as a result.
"Dorner's trainer kicked a guy, they kicked it under the carpet," said Jeff Jones, 40, of Rancho Cucamonga. "The facts are in the documents."
Dina Escoto said she came to support the honest men and women in the LAPD - and to oppose any bad cops on the beat.
"There was some injustice toward Christopher Dorner," said Escoto, 47, of West Los Angeles, a native of Honduras. "I'm angry because the police didn't conduct a thorough investigation - this man wouldn't have gone on a rampage if he was wrong."
"I just think it's sad," added 13-year-old Michelle Alanis, of Los Angeles. "They burned his cabin and killed him."