The wife and son of retired St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn, who was shot and killed during rioting last summer following the death of George Floyd, are pushing back against Democrats and left-wing activists calling for more upheaval if they don’t like the outcome of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.
In an appearance with Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly Monday evening, Dorn’s widow, Sgt Ann Dorn, who still works for St. Louis PD, and his son, Brian Powell, also appealed for calm following the verdict, no matter what it is, because they don’t want to see any more lives ruined.
To begin the segment, Kelly played a clip of then-President Donald Trump honoring the Dorn family during his speech to the Republican National Convention in August before noting that as the end of Chauvin’s trial nears, there is an expectation there will be more violence following the verdict, especially after some including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) have called for more “confrontation.”
“It’s being encouraged by some politicians, which is just beyond me that they would encourage people to protest and act out violently,” Dorn said. “There’s no recourse for violence. You can’t get anything accomplished with violence – it just precipitates more violence.”
Kelly responded by saying he had not seen many people of prominence calling for calm and asking people not to commit acts of violence before playing a clip of CBS correspondent Jamie Yuccas reporting that “tensions are high” in and around Minneapolis, though Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has been “calling for calm.” She went on to say that “state leaders are bracing for unrest” as jurors deliberate Chauvin’s fate.
After the clip and as he brought in Powell, Kelly said that the seeming expectation of violence instead of calm was “baffling” to him.
“It is very baffling because there’s nothing wrong with going out peaceful protesting and everything, but when it turns to looting and rioting, that’s something that we can’t stand for,” Powell said. “It’s unnecessary, and a lot of people get hurt.”
He went on to recall the fate of his father, who was 77 when he was shot and killed June 2 while attempting to protect a local pawn shop in St. Louis.
Kelly then suggested that if former President Trump knew of the Dorn family it is possible that President Joe Biden is also aware of them and as such, should be using his bully pulpit to encourage calm and to implore Americans to refrain from violence.
“I’m not getting that message,” the host said.
“There should be a nationwide outcry for peace, for calm, wait for the verdict,” Dorn said. “Let the courts work this out. We don’t need any more lives lost. We don’t need any more businesses destroyed, families torn apart.
“I mean, not only does our family suffer, but anybody who’s known David, who’s touched by him, who’s ever worked for him, their life was torn apart,” an emotional Dorn continued. “And then, the young man who killed him, his family is now suffering because, you know, he’s going away” to prison.
“It just destroys too many people,” she added.
Waters was heavily criticized by Republicans and Democrats for imploring protesters on Saturday during an appearance in Minneapolis to continue doing what they’ve been doing — many of whom are committing acts of violence and looting — if Chauvin isn’t found guilty of murder.
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