Couple point guns at protesters in St Louis outside their mansion

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

Krewson pointed out that the letters are public record, but people at the house argued that broadcasting the names and addresses of people critical of police, she put those people at risk of being targeted at their homes. "The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize", the mayor said in a statement on Facebook later Friday.

A phone call to their law firm went unanswered and requests for comment sent to the firm and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department weren't immediately returned. "It's a move created to silence dissent, and it's risky".

The mayor responded that the conversation "wasn't really a two-way conversation... because there was a very loud response from the demonstrators", NBC's affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri KSDK reported. "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 of an issue of public concern", Sara Baker, policy director of the ACLU of Missouri, said in a statement Friday. As the magazine described in 2018, they spent years obsessing over a 45-foot-high limestone dome, a house organ so large its pipes lead to the basement and chandeliers fitted with Tiffany shades, one of them a "perfect copy" of a fixture hanging from the Pisa Cathedral.

The petition also condemnes the St Louis' mayor over her support for police funding amid nationwide calls to abolish and defund police departments after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody on 25 May.

"While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone". The couple allegedly said they witnessed people breaking an iron gate that had "no trespassing", and "private street" signs. It serves no apparent objective beyond intimidation. "The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue".

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. 5 On Your Side has a copy of the video, which was used for purposes of reporting this story.

"So who are the real thugs, when people took to the street to address injustice in our city and local leaders", he wrote on social media.

5 On Your Side has reached out to Krewson's office for clarification as to why she announced the names and addresses.

Activists can be heard shouting "eat the rich" and "why are you threatening us?"

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