A retired St. Louis police officer was found fatally shot early Tuesday morning outside of a local pawn shop, ABC News reported.
According to St. Louis Police Commissioner John Hayden, 77-year-old David Dorn “was exercising law enforcement training that he learned here” at the time of his death.
After retiring from the department in 2007, Hayden said Dorn became police chief in Moline Acres the following year. His widow, Ann Marie Dorn, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that her husband was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner.
Violence against police
Unfortunately, Dorn’s death was just one of several attacks on law enforcement officers amid civil unrest that stemmed from the death of 46-year-old George Floyd last week. Late last week, Federal Protective Service officer Patrick Underwood was shot to death and another officer was wounded while monitoring a protest in California, as KRON 4 reported.
“Last night in Oakland, California, an assassin cowardly shot two Federal Protective Service contractors as they stood to watch over a protest,” Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said, according to NBC News.
According to Fox 5 in Las Vegas, officer Shay Mikalonis was placed on life support after sustaining a gunshot wound while breaking up protesters on Las Vegas Boulevard on Monday night.
Across the U.S.
The New York Police Department has also reported violence against its officers, including some instances captured on video. An officer was reportedly hit with a heavy object on Monday as he attempted to subdue a suspect.
Another example involved an officer in the Bronx who was struck by a vehicle in what Fox News described as an apparently “deliberate hit-and-run.”
Conservative journalist Ian Miles Chong shared a video of the incident, which he said “looks like murder.”
This looks like murder. A police officer was just run over by a speeding car in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/fkrxzMEetx
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 2, 2020
According to Fox News, the officer was an NYPD sergeant who was seriously injured, but survived the attack and was being treated at an area hospital.
Reporters are right to shed light on condemnable overreaches by police in response to the protests. Violence against those trying to keep the peace in the midst of such upheaval, however, deserves just as much media attention.