A white couple pointed their gunsin St. Louis while a group marched to the mayor’s house to ask for his resignation. A video on social media showed the armed couple standing outside their large home on Sunday evening in the upscale Central West End of Missouri.
In the video, the unidentified couple yelled at the protesters as the marching people advanced the crowd, urging participants to ignore them.
We see the woman pointing a gun at the crowd. A man is seen holding a rifle in his hand.
The video was shared thousands of times on social media on Sunday evening, notes CBS affiliate St. Louis KMOV-TV.
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It was not immediately clear whether the St. Louis police were aware of the accident. There was no immediate response to an email and a telephone call from The Associated Press to the police.
The group of at least 500 people was heading for Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house, singing, “Review Lyda, bring the cops with you,” the news reported.
The requests for resignation come after a live briefing on Facebook on Friday in which Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting that he would unseat the police department.
The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized on Friday, saying it “did not intend to cause distress”.
But a Krewson spokesman told KMOV he won’t stop. “She apologized, acknowledges that she made a mistake and has absolutely no intention of resigning,” said the spokesman.
Names and letters are considered to be public documents, but Krewson’s actions have been hit hard.
An online petition calling for his resignation had around 43,000 signatures early Monday.
“As a leader, you don’t do things like that … it’s only fair that we visit her at her house,” said State representative Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis, speaking into a megaphone on Sunday of protest.
KMOV said Megan Ellyia Green, Alderwoman of St. Louis, tweeted: “So it’s not cool to do it for my constituents who support #DefundThePolice on your live FB. It’s a move designed to silence dissent and is dangerous.” . Doxing refers to making public or identifying public information with malicious intent.
The Missouri ACLU released a statement stating that what Krewson did was “shocking and misleading,” adding that reading aloud information “has no apparent purpose other than intimidation,” according to KMOV.
The treasurer of the city of St. Louis, Tishaura Jones, also tweeted, saying “The actions of the mayor not only endanger its citizens, but are also reckless”, echoing Krewson’s requests for resignation.