Widow of retired Black officer killed in St. Louis protest speaks at RNC; “I relive that horror in my mind every single day”

The wife of a retired St. Louis police officer who was shot and killed during the violence and looting that followed widespread protests over racial injustice in June spoke Thursday at the Republican National Convention – fighting back tears in deeply-emotional remarks as she recalled the night her husband was killed and expressing her anger at the rioting.

“Violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest,” said Dorn, her voice breaking with emotion. “They do not safeguard black lives.  They destroy them.”


Dorn, a sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, gave a detailed account of the night her husband, 77-year-old David Dorn was killed, saying, “I re-live that horror in my mind every single day. 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.”

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