Ann Dorn, widow of the slain retired St. Louis police officer, is working to hold corporate backers of BLM accountable for supporting anti-police rhetoric and for their lack of financial transparency and responsibility to the communities BLM claim to speak for.
Many Questions About BLM MoneyAccording to BLM’s own records, they raised close to $90 million—mainly from corporate giving. Critics say there has been very little accounting for how the money is being used and why black communities have not seen much of the direct financial support promised by BLM.
“BLM started out as a good idea to help black communities and to come back and rebuild communities and give back to communities, and also to help those who were killed in their communities—young lives that were taken. ... [But] not one dime has gone back to their communities. It’s gone into their [BLM founders] pockets,” said Dorn.
Dorn criticized BLM for neglecting the families and communities the organization said they wanted to help.
“They’re not putting that money back where they promised it would go. And the communities are suffering and they’re still suffering to this day,” said Dorn.
Meanwhile, in her effort to hold BLM corporate donors accountable Dorn said that, thus far, there has not been any significant response from CEOs.
“We’re addressing the CEOs and the Board of Directors directly,” said Dorn, including notices and urging them to sign a pledge which the public can also sign if they go to www.concernedcommunities.org,” said Dorn.
The goal of the pledge is to exert public pressure on corporations, so Dorn encourages readers to go to the website and sign the petition to hold them accountable for the danger BLM’s calls to defund police have brought to communities that now lack police protection.
Anti-Police RhetoricAccording to the BLM website, they say they have reinvested “$25 million into the Black community.” They also write that their other focus is to put money into lobbying for legislation that ends police qualified immunity, and pushing for transforming policing, or defunding police departments through the BREATHE Act (pdf) and the People’s Response Act.
Yet Dorn remains extremely concerned about the “defund the police” movement, pushed by BLM, resulting in physical attacks on police and mayors spending less on their police departments all across the country.
“Large metropolitan areas are suffering for a lack of police officers. They’re not hiring; they won’t pay them,” said Dorn.
She said that in her own city the police force has been radically cut to an unsustainable level, where 911 calls often do not get a response from a police officer, or—if they do—it takes too long.
“Our mayor herself has cut at least 100 jobs. We’re 30 to 40 percent short on manpower just as far as police officers; that doesn’t include our dispatchers and our civilian personnel. Our EMS trucks are at least 50 percent short. So, the entirety of first communities as a whole is suffering across the country,” Dorn said.
Effect on St. LouisIn addition, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones has implemented a new division of civilian oversight to investigate police misconduct, which Dorn says will cause more officers to leave policing for lack of due process.
“Now, you’re going put this in the hands of civilians who have absolutely no training,” said Dorn. “And they’re not even affording officers the same respect (legal due process) of giving them those same rights. That takes it all away from them. It puts all the power in the civilian review board.”
Jones’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dorn is certain these policies will only further demoralize police officers, who are being forced to quit, and it will be communities that suffer from the lack of law enforcement personnel.
Humanizing First Responders
“I want to humanize the badges,” said Dorn. “They’re in your community; they go to church with you. They’re normal people. And I want people to get to know them through their families, and what it’s like to live with a first responder.”
In addition to the podcast, Dorn has raised over $100,000 with the Capt. David Dorn Foundation, from which she supplies equipment to first responders to lessen their financial burdens and enable them to do their jobs more effectively.
“We’ve bought over $150,000 worth of equipment, and given it to various first responders, and I think 15 different agencies, or 121 police and firemen and 100 EMS workers, and we’re expanding.”
The Epoch Times reached out to Black Lives Matter for comment.