Month: June 2020

June 4, 2020

David Dorn

David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police captain, was shot and killed the other night while trying to protect a local store from looters on Martin Luther King Drive. David had retired from the St. Louis Police Department in 2007 after 38 years on the job. He rose from rookie patrol officer in 1969 to captain. When he retired, he then became police chief in […]

June 3, 2020

Dave Patrick Underwood

Recently, another American man was killed, this time gunned down while standing outside the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Oakland, California. Dave Patrick Underwood isn’t a household name. His death didn’t make nearly as many headlines. But his life mattered, too, and his murder should displease every American. Underwood was a law enforcement officer in the Federal Protective Service. He and a colleague were […]

June 2, 2020

Us and our Neighborhood

In August, 1968, the country was still reeling from the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. four months earlier, and the race riots that followed on its heels. Nightly news showed burning cities, radicals and reactionaries snarling at each other across the cultural divide. But a brand new children’s show out of Pittsburgh, which had gone national the previous year, took a different approach. Fred […]