A couple in St. Louis stood outside their house armed with guns as protesters stormed the mayor’s home to insist she resign after she announced names and addresses of some residents who pushed for defunding the police department.
Armed Couple Defend Their Property
A video has circulated widely on social media shows a man and woman protecting their property on Sunday evening in the Central West End neighborhood in Missouri.
The video showed the man carrying a semi-automatic rifle with the woman holding a pistol as while some protesters stood outside their home and others continued to walk by.
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Protesters Demand Mayor’s Resignation
The group of at least 500 people was organized by Expect Us took to the streets to head toward Mayor Lyda Krewson’s residence while chanting, “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you.” ABC News reports.
On Friday, the mayor gave a briefing through Facebook Live, where she read aloud several names and addresses of people who stunted to abolish the police department. The video was soon taken down and Krewson issued an apology later that day and stated that she didn’t “intend to cause distress.”
The full statement reads:
“In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook. Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed.”
According to Breitbart News, the information Krewson talked about was all public record, but that did not halt the extreme backlash that ensued. As of Monday morning, more than 43,000 signatures were received through an online petition calling for the mayor’s resignation.
Protesters Demand Police Defunding
Calls around the country for defunding police have been gaining speed amongst Black Lives Matter protesters and Democrat politicians. On May 25, a man George Floyd died while in police custody, which resulted in continuous violent riots sweeping across the country.
Krewson became St. Louis’ first female mayor when she was elected in 2017 and ran on a platform of reducing crime and improving poverty-stricken neighborhoods. St. Louis currently ranks as one of the most violent cities in the United States, shown by FBI statistics.
A state Democrat Rep. Rasheen Aldridge joined the protest and announced through a megaphone, “As a leader, you don’t do stuff like that … it’s only right that we visit her at her home.”
Will Self-Defense Hold Up in Court?
The couple who stood with guns while on their property could now possibly face legal consequences.
A Saint Louis University lawyer said their behavior could potentially be labeled as an assault by making protesters afraid for their safety.
“People have a right to threaten force if they are threatened,” Lawyer John Amman said to KSDK. “However, if a group of protesters is walking by a home and not doing anything to the homeowners specifically, then they don’t have the right to threaten lethal force without an imminent threat.”
Allegations are being investigated about protesters breaking into the neighborhoods and destroying gates. It is unclear how the protesters were able to get into the upscale neighborhood of the couple with the firearms were residents in.