USA couple draw guns at hundreds of protestors in St Louis

Mark and Patricia Mc Closky brandish guns at Black Lives Matter protesters- featured image via screenshot

In video posted to Twitter by Daniel Shular, the man was seen pointing a rifle at protesters while a woman held a pistol and appeared to be speaking to the passing crowd.

One St. Louis alderwoman said the mayor had resorted to "intimidation of the residents [she was] elected to represent".

Mayor Lyda Krewson lives in the same neighborhood.

Shortly thereafter, the couple moved onto an area near their front door and continued urging the group not to stop. We have not yet heard back.

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. The city's prosecutor wasn't available.

Protesters nationwide have been pushing to " defund the police " following the death of George Floyd and other Black people killed by law enforcement.

She said the group gave her some papers about how they thought the city's budget should be spent, at which time she stepped away from the camera to grab the papers off of her desk.

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

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"As a leader, you don't do stuff like that.it's only right that we visit her at her home", said State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St.

Krewson's briefing Friday was never shared on 5 On Your Side's social media pages.

Multiple videos of the altercation went viral online, with the couple earning praise for "standing their ground", as well as criticism for "mishandling" their guns and "threatening peaceful protesters." .

"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". In response, she read through proposals they'd submitted for how the city should reallocate its budget to defund police and divulged the full name and address of numerous people behind the suggestions.

But the usual hypocritical liberal outcry was so great she subsequently apologized after reading the names and partial addresses of at least 10 rioters during a Facebook Live briefing on coronavirus.

The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologised, stating she didn't "intend to cause distress".

On Friday night, Krewson apologized in a statement "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".

She also said she doesn't agree with the idea of defunding, or slashing money for, the St. Louis Police Department.

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