United States couple draw guns at hundreds of protestors in St Louis

United States couple draw guns at hundreds of protestors in St Louis

For each letter calling on police defunding, Krewson also named the writer and their street or home address - even as some viewers in the comments pleaded with her stop. We have not yet heard back.

The couple confronted the group of about 300 protesters after they broke down a gate in the neighborhood, according to NBC News.

After shouting at the couple for at least 10 minutes, the group continued on to Krewson's house.

Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest Park neighborhood at around 6pm on Sunday.

To be clear, it is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern. The city's prosecutor wasn't available.

Nearly 100,000 people have since viewed the same video, which comes after Mr Trump retweeted a video in which someone yells "white power" at protesters in a Florida.

Missouri has a so-called Castle Doctrine, or a law that permits people the use of deadly force if people enter their homes. In some instances, she gave people's exact addresses, KSDK reported.


Video footage did not show any of the activists attempting to move toward the couple's home.

The backlash has been fast and furious, spreading rapidly across social media.

"The people wasn't [sic] on any property but this law firm couple chose to come and point guns at us!"

As they made their way to a rally at Krewson's house on Lake Avenue, they passed by 1 Portland Place, a gargantuan, white marble home that St. Louis magazine said had once been called "St. Louis' most dazzling mansion".

Despite Krewson's claim that she didn't mean any harm, it doesn't take much of an imagination to jump to some pretty damning conclusions about the motives behind this reveal, especially since numerous proposals she read through suggested that the city should cut its police funding down to zero dollars.

The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologised on Friday, stating she did not "intend to cause distress".

But protesters had given her written outlines of their proposals for how the city could better allocate money that now goes to the police department, and Krewson stepped away from the camera to grab the papers from her desk as the briefing was still streaming live. "It serves no apparent objective beyond intimidation", said Sara Baker, ACLU of Missouri's policy director, in a statement. Following a number of tense confrontations over the weekend, more than 40,000 people signed an online petition calling on Krewson to resign.

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