Louis Couple Emerge From Mansion Brandishing Weapons to BLM Protestors

Patricia and Mark Mc Closkey in front of their home in the Central West End.- THEO WELLING

In pictures and videos posted to social media, the couple - whose real names are Mark and Patricia McCloskey - can be seen barefoot on their front lawn, aiming an AR-15 rifle and a handgun at protesters as they pass by their expansive home. The protesters demanded that Krewson resign after she publicly shared the names of several people who wrote her letters about defunding the police during a Facebook Live briefing on Friday.

The Washington Post was unable to independently confirm the couple's identity as of early Monday, at which point a video of the scene on social media had been viewed nearly 9 million times.

"Resign Lyda, take the cops with you", they shouted on the way to the mayor's house in the Central West End, banging on drums and carrying signs that said, "Respect us".

While folks online were quick to criticize the couple pointing weapons at protesters, President Donald Trump amplified the incident without really commenting on it.

"A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood", one Twitter user captioned a video of the incident. Demonstrators have been marching in St. Louis for weeks as part of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism, triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

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The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologised on Friday, stating she did not "intend to cause distress". Advocates of the Black Lives Matter movement have called Trump's actions to be racist and calculated, with the possibility that this could incite a race war. "It's a move created to silence dissent, and it's unsafe". Scheduled in St. Louis for the following day was a rally involving the far-right Proud Boys, a group with a history of assaulting leftist protesters.

They also used a megaphone to communicate their desire that the city reduce funding for jails, police and prosecutors, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Some 44,000 people had now signed a petition calling on Ms Krewson to resign after she "endangered the lives of protesters by releasing their names and addresses".

As Krewson noted in a public statement, technically the letters became a matter of public record when she presented them at a public meeting per the state's government transparency laws. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed.

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