By Jack Kelly
For the eighth night in a row, protests were held honoring the cold-blooded killing of George Floyd. Once again, tragically large numbers of people, driven by motives unrelated to the peaceful marches, engaged in breaking into stores, stealing merchandise, committing random acts of senseless violence and destruction of property.
Roughly 4,400 people have been arrested in cities across America. As of June 2, 2020, 11 deaths related to the demonstrations have been confirmed. Public health experts have expressed concerns that the large crowds, in over 75 cities, will lead to new transmissions of Covid-19. Dozens of reporters claim to have been targeted by police with violence. Countless people have been injured—many severely. This is not even the worst of it.
It’s heartbreaking that while America—and now the rest of the world—is mourning the death of Floyd and decrying systemic racism, a large number of African Americans were killed. They were innocent victims who lost their lives due to the violence perpetrated by people taking advantage of the protests.
David Dorn, a beloved 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain, who served 38 years on the force, was shot and killed by looters last night. David Dorn was left dead on the sidewalk in front of a burglarized pawn shop that he was helping to protect on behalf of a friend who owned it. The perpetrator, or one of their accomplices, streamed the killing on Facebook Live, which has since been taken down. St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said Dorn was “bigger than life.” “He was a fun guy, a happy guy,” Fitch added. After retiring, Dorn became police chief of Moline Acres, a small town north of St. Louis.
David Dorn was a father, a husband, a grandfather, a brother and a man beloved by so many. His son says he died doing what he loved: protecting his community. https://t.co/lOTFgvNogG @KMOV pic.twitter.com/SAjBhwRhMF
— Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) June 2, 2020
53-year-old David McAtee was an African American man known for offering free meals to officers who stopped by. As local police and the National Guard sought to disperse a crowd early Monday, they heard gunshots and returned fire, killing the owner of a barbecue restaurant, David McAtee.
David McAtee was fatally shot on Monday as police and the Kentucky National Guard dispersed a large crowd in Louisville. His mother says local police officers usually ate for free at his BBQ joint. https://t.co/jJymTT003t
— CNN (@CNN) June 3, 2020
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black EMT, was shot eight times and killed by narcotic detectives. The detectives, with a search warrant, went to Taylor’s home in Louisville. No drugs were found in the home.
— 💫✨ (@TheJessieWoo) May 27, 2020
In Indianapolis, 38-year-old African-American Chris Beaty, a former offensive lineman for Indiana University, fondly known as “Mr. Indianapolis” and a prominent businessman, was fatally shot during a protest. “I am at a loss for words,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said in a statement.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 1, 2020
In the midst of protests in Omaha, Nebraska last weekend, a black man, James Scurlock, 22 years-old, was shot and killed by a bar owner after an altercation. The county Attorney’s Office determined that the shooter acted in self-defense and won’t face criminal charges, as he was “defending himself.”
this is James Scurlock , he was shot and killed in Omaha, Nebraska during the protest of George Floyd . His killer is a white supremacist ( Jake Gardner) who isn’t getting charged. please spread the word so that he can get justice !!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/xHzBpbky4q
— $$$ (@skeezerszn1) June 3, 2020
Italia Kelly, also 22-years old and a black woman, was shot dead Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart in Davenport, a city of 100,000 people across the Mississippi River from Illinois. Kelly and her friend were getting in their car to leave a protest that turned unruly. She was hit in the back by a bullet that went through her shoulder and chest, most likely killing her instantly. No arrests have been made.
Her aunt said of her, “She was always smiling, always laughing. That’s why it’s so sad that she was taken in such a violent way. Italia was the bright, bubbly big personality in the room.”
Italia Marie Kelly (aka Impinto), 22, was shot and killed at a protest against police brutality outside a Davenport, Iowa Walmart early Monday. Relatives say a protester is believed to have fired into the crowd, killing her as she got in a car to leave https://t.co/Ij10dXW4k0 pic.twitter.com/MVJQfixbPN
— Ryan J. Foley (@rjfoley) June 1, 2020
Dave Patrick Underwood, a black federal law enforcement officer, was providing security at the federal courthouse in Oakland during a protest. An unknown assailant fired gunshots from a vehicle. Underwood, 53, died from the wounds. Another officer was critically injured in the shooting. Underwood, on the behest of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, was helping oversee a protest.
Both of these men were black Americans who were killed last week. George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed in police custody. David Patrick Underwood was killed in Oakland. Underwood was killed working as a Federal Officer when a vehicle opened fire on him pic.twitter.com/ClfvBHlIeb
— Kevin C Kussmaul (@KevinCKussmaul) June 1, 2020