ST. LOUIS (AP) – A white couple aimed weapons at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched to the mayor’s house to demand her resignation after reading the names and addresses of several residents who supported the police during an online briefing.
A social media video showed the armed couple standing outside their large home in the upscale Central West End neighborhood of Missouri city on Sunday evening.
In the video, the unidentified couple yelled at protesters as people on the march brought out the crowd and urged participants to ignore them. People in the crowd included black and white protesters.
It was not immediately clear whether the St. Louis Police Department was aware of the incident. An email and phone call from The Associated Press to the police were not immediately answered.
The group of at least 500 people was on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house and shouted, “Quit Lyda, take the police,” the news reports said.
Dismissal requests come after a live briefing on Friday on Facebook, where Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting she would fire the police.
The video has been removed from Facebook, and Krewson apologized on Friday, saying she had “ no intention of causing distress. ”
The names and letters are considered public records, but Krewson’s actions have been widely criticized.
Protesters across the country are committed to “spoiling the police” after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd, a black man with handcuffs, died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.
An online petition calling for Krewson’s resignation had approximately 43,000 signatures early Monday.
“As a leader, you don’t do things like that … it’s a good thing we visit her at her home,” said state representative Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis, speaking on a megaphone during protest Sunday.
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