St. Louis Couple Aim AR-15, Handgun at Protesters Marching Past Their Home

Videos have emerged showing a married couple in Missouri pointing guns at protesters who were demanding the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Footage which appeared on social media shows a man holding a semi-automatic rifle and a woman pointing a handgun as hundreds of protesters march past their home in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis on Sunday.

The pair have been identified locally as personal injury lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

One clip shows several protesters angrily confronting Patricia McCloskey while she points a handgun at them on her lawn. One man wearing a "hands up don't shoot" T-shirt then urges the protesters to get back onto the street.

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The couple featured in St. Louis Magazine in 2018 after they restored their mansion back to how it previously looked a hundred years ago.

The McCloskeys have been contacted for comment.

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The incident took place as the protesters were making their way to Mayor Krewson's home to demand her resignation after she revealed the names and addresses of people who were calling for the defunding of the police department during a Facebook Live video.

Krewson has since apologized for the incident after facing a backlash and calls for her to stand down.

"As you probably know from following my Facebook page, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook in an effort to be transparent and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic," Krewson said in a statement.

"Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters and comment cards to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today.

"While this is public information, never did I intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize."

St. Louis Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green was one of those who criticized Krewson for publicly naming those who called for the defunding of the police department.

"So not cool to doxx my constituents who support #DefundThePolice on your FB live. It's a move designed to silence dissent, and it's dangerous," Green tweeted.

The ACLU of Missouri also said Krewson's actions were "shocking and misguided" after she broadcasted the addresses of "those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern."

Sara Baker, ACLU of Missouri's policy director, added: "It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue."

Elsewhere, an online petition demanding Krewson resigns has gained more than 43,000 signatures.

"To alleviate community relations we demand that Mayor Krewson resign from office and a special election be held to replace her," the change.org petition states. "She is unfit for office and St. Louis needs real leadership now!"

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St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson joins protesters as they demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd outside the St. Louis City Justice Center and City Hall on June 1, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. A married couple have been seen pointing guns at protesters calling for Mayor Krewson to resign. Michael B. Thomas/Getty
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