Stephon Cannon has been arrested for the shooting of 77-year-old retired police captain David Dorn in St. Louis, Missouri. The alleged shooter has prior charges of felony assault and felony robbery stemming from a 2013 incident. He was convicted in 2014 and given a seven-year sentence.
Cannon never actually served a day in jail and was given five years of probation instead, which he completed in 2019. He violated the terms of his probation at least twice and was given a pass both times. He never served any time in prison.
If the justice system in St. Louis worked properly, then it’s safe to say that David Dorn would still be alive today. Dangerous criminals like Cannon should serve their time in prison rather than roaming the streets. The crime he allegedly committed that night at the pawnshop when David Dorn’s life was taken is the exact same crime he should have been in prison for. The only difference is that this time, a man’s life was taken.
Is Law Enforcement “Reform” Actually Needed?
Constant riots (“protests”) are still happening across the United States. Protesters claim to honor the memory of George Floyd. They want police reform, sentencing reform, and maybe even the abolishment of police altogether. All of their demands and/or requests are supposed to help improve the black community and/or other “poor” communities. But when these people zoom out and examine their requests honestly, they should see the truth.
The truth is that police do not need reform in these inner-city areas. Sentencing guidelines do not need any reform. And police most certainly should not be disbanded. What’s actually needed to help low-income, black and other race communities is more policing, not less. Not just when someone calls the number. But also proactive policing. Broken-windows policing gets maligned by the media and activist types, but it is effective.
Look At The Real Black Community Issues
When activists and random politicians get their way, the revolving door of “justice” happens in black communities. Light sentences for very serious crimes become the norm. Some guys even go home with no jail time on violent crimes. New York City released violent criminals onto the street because of the “virus” although it never became a serious problem in any prison. California released an inmate in jail on a sex crime. He violated the terms of release by exposing himself to his parole officer, in the parole office.
Some people are simply criminals and they should be treated as such. To give them any leeway or excuses only works to the detriment of innocent citizens that live around them. David Dorn survived 38 years of law enforcement and 77 years of life, only to have it all come to an end due to inadequate sentencing and enforcement. Maybe the problems the black community faces would not be so severe if law and order were allowed to reign rather than ridiculous social justice dreams turned reality.