Trump reacts as looters kill retired Police Captain — George Floyd protest

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2020

"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", Trump wrote.

Mr Dorn spent half his life on the Missouri force.

A longtime colleague has described Dorn as "a gregarious and outspoken leader who mentored youths and insisted on strict ethical conduct among his employees".

St. Louis Police Chief, John Hayden confirming his death in a press conference on Tuesday, said about 55 businesses, including the pawn shop, reported property damage overnight, following the protests held in Downtown St. Louis over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

One source told Law Officer that "many are devastated in St. Louis" after the disastrous night.

Police have not released details of what led to the shooting about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and no one has been arrested.

Because of his extensive background in law enforcement and his friendship with the owner, Dorn would check on Lee's Pawn and Jewelry whenever its alarm went off.

"Things escalated at the Lee's Pawn and Jewelry shop, where the man was killed, and to see his body, I mean, on Facebook, it was nearly like - you know that's how we've seen George Floyd's body, and you know that's not the change that we are pushing for", he 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".

An independent autopsy has found that George Floyd was suffocated. "Was very well-liked, very pleasant".

The newspaper noted that Dorn served for 38 years as an officer for the St. Louis Police Department and retired as a captain in 2007.

Tim Fitch, the former St. Louis County police chief called Dorn "a true public servant", adding: 'Protecting & serving all the way to the end. Dorn's wife Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn still works for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

"Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him", Hayden said. So a very sad time for our agency.

"Very traumatised right now", he said about an hour after the shooting occurred.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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