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It’s hard to believe it’s been a year, but it was in the early morning hours of June 2, 2020, that retired Police Captain David Dorn was murdered when he went to investigate an alarm at a friend’s pawn shop during a night of rioting, looting, and violence in St. Louis.

Dorn was a beloved figure in the St. Louis law enforcement community. As Nick Arama noted at the time:

He served for 38 years. Tim Fitch, the former St. Louis County police chief, praised Dorn as a “true public servant.” His wife, Ann, is a sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.


His son, Brian Powell, praised his father, “The fact that he was protecting and serving, this is the way, I feel in my heart of hearts that he would have liked to leave this earth,” said Dorn’s son, Brian Powell in an interview with KMOV4. He said his father often checked on the pawn shop of his friend.

“It was senseless, it was senseless. Over TVs and stuff that’s replaceable,” Powell said. “They’re forgetting the real message of the protest and the positiveness that’s supposed to come out of it. And we get this negative light shown on a situation that really needs light to be brought to it.”

Powell said his father was beloved by all. […]

Dorn’s family is hopeful the shooter comes forward, but Brian Powell said his father would want them to practice forgiveness.

“My dad wouldn’t be mad, he’d try to give them another chance,” Brian Powell said.

That says everything about Dorn as well as the strength and grace of his family. His life and theirs matter.

Later last summer, I had the opportunity to attend a “March for Peace” hosted by Dorn’s widow, Ann. As I noted at the time, Ann’s remarks following the march served as a reminder of the heartache caused by senseless violence and the need for all of us to work toward peaceful solutions.

Today, Captain Dorn is being honored. A memorial is being held in Forest Park.

Slain police Capt. David

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