Family Of Cop Executed In 2020 St. Louis Riots Finally Has Justice

Last Wednesday a Missouri jury delivered justice to the family of David Dorn. Dorn was a beloved former St. Louis police captain who lost his life trying to protect a friend’s business during the riots and looting in June of 2020.

Stephan Cannon, 26, the thug who executed Dorn in the street outside the business, was found guilty of murder. David Dorn was a 77-year-old black man whose death became a key inflection point during the riots that were started over police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

“Justice has been served,” Dorn’s family told reporters outside the courthouse.

The jury only took about three hours to come back with guilty verdicts against Cannon. He was found guilty for first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action.

“I’m very glad that justice was served for Capt. Dorn,” said Paul Mauro, an attorney and former NYPD inspector. “But make no mistake – the conditions that allowed his killing should never have occurred.”

On June 2, 2020 Dorn responded to a burglar alarm at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, a store owned by his friend. He was then confronted a pack of looters. Cannon, who was among them, shot Dorn to death on the sidewalk outside the shop. In a horrific illustration of our current culture Dorn was then filmed by other looters bleeding out and dying on the sidewalk. The video was then briefly shared to Facebook Live. Prosecutors played the video in court.

Cannon was proved to be the gunman. Prosecutors  showing only he was the one standing on the nearby corner from which the shots were fired. Police later recovered the handgun, as well as televisions from the pawnshop from an apartment where he was staying.

After the death of George Floyd on 2020 riots rocked St. Louis, and a number of other major U.S. cities. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests around the country devolved into riots, causing billions of dollars of damage to major U.S. cities.

During a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention Dorn’s widow, Ann Dorn, recounted the night of her husband’s death.

“As I slept, looters were ransacking the shop. They shot and killed David in cold blood, and then live-streamed his execution and his last moments on Earth,” she said. “David’s grandson was watching the video on Facebook in real time, not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk.”

Dorn served 38 years in St. Louis’ Metropolitan Police Department. He served six more as chief of police in Moline Acres. Last year, Dorn received the Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honor Award, an accolade only given to a handful of people each year. The Award was given for his performance of an extraordinary act of courage and sacrifice on the night of hiss death.

Cannon, faces sentencing on Sept. 13, prosecutors hope to get life in prison without parole.


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