Trump joins online tributes to veteran black officer David Dorn, ‘murdered by looters’ amid riots in St. Louis
The name of David Dorn, a retired police officer who was killed as he attempted to stop a burglary in St. Louis, has been trending, with netizens hailing him as a hero who fell victim to the violence that marred ongoing protests.
Dorn, 77, was found dead lying on the sidewalk outside a local pawn shop he reportedly tried to protect from being ransacked by looters on Tuesday morning.
Graphic footage of Dorn’s lifeless body on the ground and a voice of another man frantically pleading with him to “stay with me” has made the rounds online.
The slain officer was a friend of the business owner, and reportedly went to check on the shop when its alarm sounded off. When Dorn arrived at the scene, he apparently confronted the intruders, losing his own life in the altercation.Also on rt.com 4 police officers shot in St. Louis as mayhem over George Floyd’s death rages on
No arrests have yet been made in connection to the incident.
The majority-black Ethical Society of Police (ESOP), a law enforcement association of city and county officers who promote racial equity, has condemned Dorn’s killing, blaming looters for his death.
“He was murdered by looters at a pawn shop. 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,” the group said.
Dorn’s name has been trending online, with some users calling out the national media for not covering the incident while giving plenty of air time to the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody last week. The protests have since descended into chaos, sweeping across scores of American cities.
While many local media have since reported on Dorn’s death, major outlets have yet to pick up the story.
David Dorn was a black police officer who was killed by a looter. He was shot in the head.I’m waiting for the media to acknowledge his death.They won’t, so we will have to remember this honorable man ourselves. RIP David Dorn— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) June 3, 2020
Three questions:- Which celebrity will be bailing out the looter who murdered David Dorn? - Is @CNN ever going to cover it?- Do black lives matter to #BlackLivesMatter activists?(The last one is rhetorical.) https://t.co/zeI44UglwO— PragerU (@prageru) June 3, 2020
On Tuesday evening, the story was further amplified by US President Donald Trump, who tweeted his condolences to the officer’s family, calling him a “great police captain” who was “viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night.”
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! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
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