Eights days of continuing riots throughout the United States, has led to the deaths and injuries of numerous people, including police officers and innocent civilians.
Floyd’s brother, Terrence, has begged the nation to “stop looting and throw up the peace sign.”
Law enforcement officials, along with local and federal authorities, are struggling to gain control of city streets amidst the growing violence. While some people have peaceful intentions and truly want equality for all, others are part of groups like Antifa and seek to create unrest.
In one instance, retired police captain David Dorn, 77, was shot to death by looters outside of a St. Louis, Missouri pawn shop early Tuesday. His killing was broadcast on Facebook Live and is currently under investigation, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Dorn was shot in the torso at approximately 2:30 a.m. He died on the sidewalk in front of the shop, Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, located at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.
Police have made no arrests and said they have no suspects, the Post-Dispatch reports as of Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. The Ethical Society of Police, an organization that represents black officers in St. Louis, said Dorn was “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.”
David Dorn was 77. He spent four decades protecting people as a police officer in St Louis and then came out of retirement to keep serving as Moline Acres' police chief.
Looters shot him in the torso & he died bleeding on a sidewalk
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) June 2, 2020
Flowers and a teddy bear sat outside the shop next to a handwritten sign that read, “Y’all killed a black man because ‘they’ killed a black man??? Rest in peace.”
David Dorn dedicated nearly four decades of his life to protecting his community. He retired from the St. Louis Police Department in 2007 after 38 years on the job, starting as a rookie patrol officer in 1969 to becoming a captain. He was the deputy commander of the Bureau of Patrol Support, which is responsible for operating traffic and mounted patrols, commercial vehicles and the tactical unit.
Upon his retirement, Dorn then became police chief in Moline Acres, a small city on the outskirts of St. Louis in which black Americans comprise of over 90% of the population.
I have established a memorial fund for the family of Captain David Dorn https://t.co/uYHShTo5rU
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 3, 2020
A memorial fund for his family has been established.
A true public servant. Protecting & serving all the way to the end. None of us who knew you are surprised you went out fighting at Lee's Pawn this morning. God speed my friend. #DavidDorn pic.twitter.com/i9X7q9hKIc
— Tim Fitch (@ChiefTimFitch) June 2, 2020
Tim Fitch, current councilman St. Louis County councilman and a former St. Louis County police chief, remembered Dorn as a “true public servant.”
Moreover, another black officer was killed in riots over the weekend in Oakland, California. A federal officer who was providing security at a U.S. courthouse during a protest was murdered upon someone firing shots from a vehicle.
Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, was fatally wounded and another officer was critically wounded. No one has been arrested.
Underwood and the other individual were contracted security officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service. They were monitoring a nearby protest.
Underwood was the brother of Angela Underwood Jacobs, who recently ran as a Republican candidate for California’s 25th Congressional District seat.
In Davenport, Iowa, police are investigating the deaths of 22-year-old Italia Kelly, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside of a Walmart, and of a man, whose body was found near where suspects engaged in a firefight. No arrests have been made.
Her sister released an emotional video, telling those who watched it that Italia was killed by a looter.
"A protester shot my sister. It was not the police. Because of you, I lost my sister."
Davenport, Iowa. (Two killed. Two others, including a police officer were also shot.) pic.twitter.com/k0NoNgRorw
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 2, 2020
Decent Americans all over are begging for the violence to end.
"There are human beings that live in this neighborhood!" A New York City woman's impassioned plea to a group of looters to stop what they were doing is resonating with people across the country. https://t.co/UGmkYrbO5S pic.twitter.com/LnGMFNbNET
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) June 3, 2020
Our leaders have one primary job: to protect their constituents. It’s time for them to do that.