The rally came after St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson read aloud the names and addresses of people who want to defend the police.
Video of the protest circulating on social media it shows the man pointing a semi-automatic rifle and the woman pointing a gun at the crowd walking past their home in the upscale Central West End of Missouri.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said it responded to a “request for help” from a 63-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman at around 5:30 pm. Sunday. The couple said they went to investigate a loud bustle from the street and saw a group of people break through an iron gate marked “No Trespassing” and “Private Street”, according to police.
The man and woman said they told the group to leave and that the group “started screaming obscenity and threats of harm to both victims,” according to police.
“When the victims observed multiple armed subjects, they armed themselves and contacted the police,” said the summary of the incident.
Police said investigations are ongoing.
The demonstration came after Krewson read the names and addresses of the people who wrote letters to his call to defraud the police during a Friday afternoon live Facebook video. Although names and letters are considered public records, Krewson’s actions have been hit hard.
The ACLU of Missouri released a statement condemning the actions of the mayor.
“It is shocking and misleading for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis to disseminate the addresses of those who have the courage to express a different viewpoint on a matter of public interest,” says the note. “It has no apparent purpose beyond intimidation.”
The mayor apologized on Twitter on Friday and said the video had been removed.
“I would like to apologize for identifying the people who presented the letters to me today at City Hall,” tweeted Krewson. “I never intended to hurt anyone or cause heartache.”
Despite demonstrations and an online petition calling for Krewson’s resignation with over 44,000 signatures, a Krewson spokesman told CNN that he will not step down.
“The mayor apologized, acknowledged the mistake and there was absolutely no malicious intention and removed the video,” the mayor’s communications director Jacob Long told the director. “He won’t resign.”
Contribution: The Associated Press
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