ST. LOUIS – 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 video on social media showed the armed couple standing outside their large home on Sunday night in the upscale Central West End neighborhood of Missouri city.
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 Facebook Live briefing on Friday, 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. ”
Hundreds of protesters march down Waterman Boulevard en route to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in St. Louis. The protesters demanded Krewson’s resignation after reading the names and addresses of several residents who supported the police during an online briefing. (Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post Shipping via AP)
The names and letters are considered public records, but Krewson’s actions have been widely criticized.
National protesters insist on ” reward the police After the death of George Floyd and other black people killed by law enforcement. Floyd, who was wearing handcuffs, died May 25 afterward a white cop from Minneapolis pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes.
Krewson, a white old councilor, was chosen as the first woman mayor of St. Louis in April 2017 by pledging to reduce crime and improve impoverished neighborhoods. She and her two young children were in the car outside their home in 1995 when her husband, Jeff, was killed in a random carjacking attempt.
Murders have risen sharply in recent years in St. Louis, which, based on FBI statistics, is among the nation’s most violent cities annually.
An online petition calling for Krewson’s resignation had more than 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.