Couple aims guns at St. Louis protesters as they march through private neighborhood
A couple protecting their home pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group entered a private neighborhood to march toward the mayor’s home to demand her resignation.
A social media video showed the armed couple standing outside their large home Sunday evening in the upscale Central West End neighborhood of the Missouri city.
In the video, the unidentified couple shouted at protesters while the group of over 500 people moved forward, some urging participants to ignore them.
The woman is seen pointing a handgun at the crowd. A man is seen holding a rifle.
here’s what happens when you march on Portland Place in St. Louis, MO
they’re scared of their own community pic.twitter.com/Ng8qW1Pa6C
— avery (@averyrisch) June 29, 2020
The video was shared thousands of times on social media Sunday night, notes CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOV-TV.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether St. Louis police were aware of the incident. An email and phone call from The Associated Press to police weren’t immediately answered.
The group of at least 500 people were heading toward Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home, chanting, “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you,” news outlets reported.
In this livestream footage you can clearly see the STL black lives matter mob entered through the gate to a private community. This was not a public sidewalk. https://t.co/NeKHgTBWEu pic.twitter.com/UdYq3pGtlb
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 29, 2020
Resignation demands come after a Friday Facebook live briefing in which Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting she defund the police department.
The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized Friday, saying she didn’t “intend to cause distress.”
But a spokesperson for Krewson told KMOV she won’t quit. “She’s apologized, acknowledges she made a mistake and has absolutely no intention of resigning,” the spokesperson said.
The names and letters are considered public records but Krewson’s actions received heavy backlash.
An online petition calling for her resignation had about more than 43,000 signatures as of early Monday.
“As a leader, you don’t do stuff like that … it’s only right that we visit her at her home,” said State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis, speaking into a megaphone at the protest Sunday.
KMOV said St. Louis Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green tweeted, “So not cool to doxx my constituents who support #DefundThePolice on your FB live. It’s a move designed to silence dissent, and it’s dangerous.”
Doxing refers to making private or identifying information public with malicious intent, KMOV explained.
The ACLU of Missouri released a statement saying what Krewson did was “shocking and misguided,” adding that reading the information aloud “serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation,” accoroing to KMOV.
St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones also tweeted, saying “The Mayor’s actions not only endanger her citizens, it is also reckless,” echoing calls for Krewson’s resignation.
First published on June 29, 2020 / 5:40 AM
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