CNN has been accused of “pitting different sides” of the late David Dorn’s family against each other after his widow, Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, spoke Thursday at the Republican National Convention.
Dorn, a retired St. Louis police officer who was gunned down amid the violence and looting that followed widespread protests against racial injustice in June, has become a hero to many and a symbol of the worst case scenario of what can happen during violent riots.
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CNN did not mention Dorn by name on the air when news broke that he had been tragically killed. The Liberal Network, however, covered Dorn’s story on Thursday after his widow’s moving speech on RNC.
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CNN’s Chris Cuomo aired a clip of Ann Dorn’s speech, then immediately said that “David’s daughters … they say their father wouldn’t have wanted this speech to happen” and they think the former St. Louis police officer would not want his name used to help re-elect President Trump.
Cuomo then welcomed two of Dorn’s daughters to join CNN and disparage his widow’s RNC talk (Ann Dorn is not the mother of Dorn’s grown children who joined CNN).
Media Research Center analyst Nicholas Fondacaro called Cuomo “despicable” for dividing the grieving family.
“@ChrisCuomo is so despicable that he has no problem pitting the different sides of a grieving family against each other. This is another example of @CNN attack Ann Dorn, the widow of Captain David Dorn who was murdered by a leftist mob, ”Fondacaro tweeted.
During CNN’s RNC coverage, Jake Tapper and Abby Phillip also slammed Dorn’s widow before she even spoke, claiming the real victim isn’t there to decide whether to be mentioned during the event. a political speech.
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Despite criticism from CNN, Ann Marie Dorn’s touching speech was well received by many.
David Dorn was killed while trying to protect his friend’s pawnshop, Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, in the early hours of June 2. A number of cities across the country have fallen victim to violence and looting during widespread protests over the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in custody in Minneapolis.
Stephan Cannon, 24, a suspect in the David Dorn murder, has been charged with first degree murder, first degree theft, first degree burglary, felony in possession of a gun and three counts Armed Criminal Action, St. Louis Circuit Lawyer Kimberly M. Gardner announced in June.
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CCTV from the building where the shooting took place and neighboring businesses shows David Dorn’s final moments. David Dorn was killed by looters who broke into the pawnshop and his body was found on the sidewalk around 2:30 a.m., investigators said.
“Violence and destruction are not legitimate forms of protest,” the widow of the late policeman said Thursday. “They don’t protect the lives of black people. They destroy them.
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.