Thursday night at the Republicans’ virtual convention, Ann Dorn, a widowed wife and mother of five newly fatherless children, recounted the heart-wrenching tale of her black husband David’s death just three months ago at the hands of the virulent mob.
David, 77, spent nearly four decades protecting St. Louis as a police officer and had come out of retirement to serve as the Moline Acres police chief. He lost his life in the line of duty from violent anarchists invading the streets in the streak of terror that gripped the nation following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
“I re-live that horror in my mind every single day,” Ann Dorn told the prime-time audience at the Republican National Convention (RNC). “My hope is that having you re-live it with me now will help shake this country from the nightmare we are witnessing in our cities and bring about positive, peaceful change.”
Ann Dorn continued, offering a compelling testimony in support of the men and women tasked with defending the nation’s streets everyday facing historic animosity from the cultural left.
“Violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest,” Dorn said.
They do not safeguard black lives. They destroy them. President Trump understands this and has offered federal help to restore order in our communities. In a time when police departments are short on resources and manpower, we need that help. We should accept that help. We must heal before we can effect change, but we cannot heal amid devastation and chaos. President Trump knows we need more Davids in our communities, not fewer.
We need to come together in peace and remember that every life is precious.
David Dorn is just one of more than 30 who have died from the violent demonstrations striking American cities in a historic summer of civil unrest.
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