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    David Dorn, (77) Former Police Captain Killed while responding to a looting incident

    (CNN)A retired police captain fatally shot during looting in St. Louis was passionate about helping young people and would have forgiven those behind the violence on the city's streets, his son says.

    David Dorn, 77, was killed while responding to an alarm at a pawnshop overnight Monday, St. Louis Police Department announced in a news conference Tuesday.
    "Throughout the night, we made 25 arrests for various charges. And then there were 55 businesses and counting that were burglarized and had property damage," St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden told reporters.

    "One of those businesses had one of our retired captains, retired captain David Dorn, who retired after 38 years. During the looting process, David Dorn was exercising law enforcement that he learned here."

    Chief Hayden said Dorn had been "a fine captain" who had been very well-liked and looked up to by many of the department's younger officers

    CNN affiliate KTVI reported that Dorn had been killed around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, dying on the sidewalk in front of the pawn store he had been providing security for.
    Dorn's son Brian Powell told the station that Dorn had been a father of five and had 10 grandchildren.
    Dorn had been passionate about helping young people, Powell said, and he believed his father would have forgiven those behind the violence and tried to talk to them.
    "Because he was real big on trying to talk to youth. And mentoring young people as well. He tried to get them on the straight and narrow and everything," Powell told KTVI.
    "The person who pulled the trigger, my message to them would just simply be, just step back from what you're doing. Know the real reason that you're protesting. Let's do it in a positive manner. We don't have to go out and loot and do all the other things," Powell said.
    Powell's reflections were echoed in a tweet by the Ethical Society of Police, which read, "(Dorn) was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would've given his life to save them if he had to. Violence is not the answer, whether it's a citizen or officer. RIP Captain!"

    President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Dorn on Twitter, saying, "Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you!"
    Trump's tweet was not universally welcomed. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted in response: "We won't let you use this Black man for your political gain. You can try. But we will not let it happen. May he rest in peace. May the truth about his murderers come to light. And may he not have his name dragged into your vicious, evil games. "
    Dorn had retired from the St. Louis City Police Department in 2007, KTVI reported, and later became police chief at Moline Acres. Retired St. Louis City Police officer David Ellison told the station that Dorn had helped him out of poverty and into a life as a police officer.
    "Dave Dorn was a great man. He was fair -- the sharpest, cleanest guy," he said.
    Powell said that his father couldn't stay retired after he left the city force. "Police work ran through his veins."


    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/us/da...rnd/index.html

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    https://abc7news.com/police-officer-...-dorn/6229018/

    T. LOUIS -- A retired police captain who died during a night of violent protests was trying to protect his friend's pawn shop, his widow said.

    David Dorn's last moments were caught on video and apparently posted on Facebook Live, though the video has since been taken down. He was killed by people who had broken into Lee's Pawn & Jewelry, and his body found on the sidewalk at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. No arrests have been made.

    His death came on a violent night in St. Louis, where four officers were shot, officers were pelted with rocks and fireworks, and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged, including a convenience store that burned. Police also shot and gravely injured a burglary suspect who they say shot at officers.

    Cities across the U.S. have seen protests and violence since George Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes even after the handcuffed black man stopped moving and pleading for air.

    Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop's owner and frequently checked on the business when alarms went off, his wife, St. Louis police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    David Dorn served 38 years on the St. Louis police force before retiring in October 2007. He then became chief of Moline Acres, a small town in St. Louis County.

    Former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch knew Dorn for 30 years and said they became close friends when Dorn and his wife were leading the St. Louis police department's Explorers program for young people interested in law enforcement careers, while Fitch was leading the county's program.

    "He was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth," said Fitch, who led the St. Louis County Police Department from 2009 to 2014. "He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for those young men and women to go into law enforcement."

    Dorn' s personality was "bigger than life," Fitch said. "He was a fun guy, a happy guy. You never had to wonder what he was thinking when somebody did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he would just say it as he saw it."

    When he took over as chief in Moline Acres, Dorn made it clear that his officers would be held to the strictest of standards, Fitch said.

    "He wanted them to do the right thing all the time," Fitch said.

    The Ethical Society of Police, which represents black officers in St. Louis, said in a news release that Dorn was "the type of brother that would've given his life to save them if he had to."

    St. Louis police Chief John Hayden called Dorn a "fine captain."

    "Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him," Hayden said. "Was very well-liked, very pleasant. And his wife still works here. So a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him."
    Also mentioned is that David Dorn was also the Police Chief of Moline Acres, Mo after he left the St. Louis Police Department.

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    This is sad. RIP

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    Here is more Turns out it was filmed too.

    The violence was part of protests in cities across the U.S. following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during a forgery arrest. Like the aftermath of Dorn’s shooting, Floyd’s killing was captured on cellphone video.

    The protests began peacefully but grew violent overnight, authorities said.

    Dorn’s wife, St. Louis police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, told the Post-Dispatch her husband responded to his friend’s pawn shop any time the burglar alarm sounded. He was doing so when he was slain.

    The video of Dorn’s death was taken down shortly after it was broadcast, according to The Associated Press. A Facebook spokesperson told the Post-Dispatch, however, that the removal was a mistake because the video did not expressly violate the platform’s policy on violent or graphic content.

    “We’re saddened by what took place in St. Louis yesterday,” the Facebook spokesperson told the newspaper. “Under our policies, the video has been covered with a warning screen but remains on the platform so that people can raise awareness or condemn this event.”

    Snippets of the video remained on Twitter Wednesday. In the footage, Dorn lies on his back, his cellphone still in his hand.

    Blood runs from his body in rivulets, pooling in the cracks of the sidewalk as he struggles to stay alive.

    “Come on, man! Stay with me,” the man recording the footage cries.

    Click here to see the disturbing footage. Warning: The video contains graphic images.

    He appears to scream at looters as they run away.

    “All for some TVs, man?” the man shouts, telling them that Dorn was “somebody’s granddaddy.”

    Missouri state Rep. Rasheen Aldridge was one of the people who helplessly watched Dorn die via Facebook.

    “I just seen a man die on Live, man,” Aldridge wrote on Facebook. “Smh (shake my head).”


    Aldridge, D-St. Louis, told the Post-Dispatch he was shaken by what he saw.

    “Very traumatized right now,” the representative wrote in a message to a reporter.

    St. Louis Regional Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed Dorn.


    The group is also offering $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who shot four St. Louis police officers early Tuesday. According to the Post-Dispatch, all four officers were alert and conscious at the scene.

    Their injuries were not life-threatening.

    “I believe some coward randomly shot at the police line,” St. Louis police Chief John Hayden said during a briefing on the officers’ condition.

    Hayden described the night’s violence as “mayhem.” The AP reported that along with the officers who were shot, other St. Louis officers were pelted with rocks and fireworks.

    A total of 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged, including a convenience store that was burned down, the AP said.

    “I don’t know what else to say,” the chief said. “This is horrible.”

    Hayden told the Post-Dispatch that officers would be wearing black mourning bands on their badges in honor of Dorn, who the AP reported served 38 years on the St. Louis police force. After retiring in 2007, he became chief of the Molene Acres Police Department.

    Watch Chief John Hayden speak about the shooting of four St. Louis police officers below, courtesy of KSDK.


    “Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him,” Hayden said of Dorn, according to the AP. “Was very well-liked, very pleasant. And his wife still works here. So, a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him.”

    The Ethical Society of Police, a group established in 1972 to aid black police officers in St. Louis, described Dorn as “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.”

    “Violence like this is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer,” a statement on the group’s Facebook page reads. “Our prayers are with his family and friends.”

    Missouri Gov. Mike Parson wrote in a statement that Floyd should not have died on May 25. Dorn shouldn’t have died, either, he wrote.


    “What Minneapolis police officers did to George Floyd isn’t acceptable and they MUST be held accountable. What criminals have done in St. Louis and across Missouri the past few nights isn’t acceptable. They MUST be held accountable,” Parson wrote on Facebook. “Their conduct had nothing to do with protesting – nothing to do with George Floyd – it was criminal behavior.

    “The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard stand ready to assist local law enforcement when needed.”

    St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch, himself a former St. Louis police chief, called Dorn a “true public servant.”

    “Protecting & serving all the way to the end,” Fitch tweeted. “None of us who knew you are surprised you went out fighting at Lee’s Pawn this morning. God speed my friend.”


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    Fitch told the AP that Dorn’s personality was “bigger than life.”

    “He was a fun guy, a happy guy,” Fitch said. “You never had to wonder what he was thinking when somebody did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he would just say it as he saw it.”

    Missouri Department of Public Safety officials wrote in a Facebook post that Dorn devoted his career to serving his community.

    “He treated everyone with respect and dignity,” the post read. “His murder is another painful example of the terrible cost crime has on the good people of all our communities.”

    A Fundly fundraiser for Dorn’s family, which had a goal of $15,000, had raised nearly $195,000 as of noon Wednesday. Dorn’s wife wrote on Facebook that the page was the only legitimate fundraiser set up to memorialize her husband.

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 24-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a retired police captain who died on a night of violent protests while trying to protect his friend’s pawn shop, the city’s prosecutor announced.

    Stephan Cannon was being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge in the death of David Dorn, 77, who was killed Tuesday on the sidewalk outside Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry. Dorn’s last moments were caught on video and apparently posted on Facebook Live, though the video has since been taken down.

    Dorn’s death came on a violent night in St. Louis, where four officers were shot, officers were pelted with rocks and fireworks, and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged, including a convenience store that burned.

    The unrest came as cities across the U.S. have seen protests and violence since George Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after the handcuffed black man stopped moving and pleading for air.

    St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charges Sunday.

    According to a police probable cause statement, Cannon was among those seen on surveillance footage entering the store and then stealing several televisions, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Dorn, a friend of the pawn shop’s owner who was in the habit of checking on the business when alarms went off, arrived at the store. Cannon then walked toward the street corner with gun in his hand.

    “At the time the shots were fired, (Cannon) was the only person standing at that corner,” the probable cause statement reads. “Multiple plumes of smoke” can be seen coming from where Cannon was standing, and shell casings were found on the spot, police said.

    Cannon also faces several other charges including robbery and felon in possession of a firearm.

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