Ann Dorn spoke at the Republican National Convention tonight, recounting memories of her husband, slain retired St. Louis Police Chief David Dorn. Dorn, a black man, was killed during the Black Lives Matter riots in St. Louis.
Dorn's story is rarely heard in the mainstream media, because the narrative of a black man killed in support of Black Lives Matter doesn't make any sense, and doesn't support the cause of the "mostly peaceful protests" that have been rocking the nation since 10 weeks into the lockdown, the night of May 25, when George Floyd was killed.
As Dorn spoke, her loss was palpable, real, and heartbreaking. She eulogized him, her life partner, his contribution to her life, and to their family. After retirement, David helped out as a security guard at his close friend's pawn shop, and when the alarms went off late at night, the alarm company would call David. He would typically wake her to let her know that he was going down to the shop to check it out.
But on June 2, when the phone rang and the alarms rang out at the pawn shop, David did not wake Ann up. She believes that he didn't wake her because she would have insisted on going along with him. She slept on as David faced his final moments at the hands of criminal looters.
Dorn was shot and killed. As he lay dying on the sidewalk, his death, those who killed him live streamed it to Facebook. His grandson, Ann said, watched the livestream, not knowing that it was his own grandfather who was dying alone in the street.
It wasn't until 4 a.m., when the chief of police came to her front door, that she learned what had happened. Dorn said that this horror replays in her mind every day. She said that it's her hope that by sharing her nightmare, it will help the country to understand what is at stake, and to stop this madness.
She condemned the violence of the mostly peaceful protests and the incessant rioting in her community. She spoke out against a movement that claims to support black lives yet killed a black man and left him to die in the street.
"Violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest. They do not safeguard black lives. They only destroy them," she said.
"This isn't a video game where you can commit mayhem and then hit reset and bring all of the characters back to life."