Cou­ple bran­dish guns as crowd of protesters march

San Francisco Chronicle - - NATION -

ST. LOUIS — A white cou­ple stood out­side their man­sion and pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as the group marched to­ward the mayor’s home to de­mand her res­ig­na­tion.

Mark Mccloskey said he and wife, Pa­tri­cia, both per­sonal in­jury lawyers, were fac­ing an “an­gry mob” on their pri­vate street and feared for their lives Sun­day night.

No charges were brought against them. Po­lice said they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing but la­beled it a case of tres­pass­ing and as­sault by in­tim­i­da­tion against the cou­ple by protesters in the racially di­verse crowd.

The marchers were an­gry at Mayor Lyda Krew­son for read­ing aloud the names and ad­dresses of sev­eral res­i­dents who wrote let­ters call­ing for de­fund­ing the po­lice depart­ment. The group of at least 500 peo­ple chanted, “Re­sign, Lyda! Take the cops with you!” news out­lets re­ported.

Po­lice said the cou­ple had heard com­mo­tion in the street and saw a large group of peo­ple break an iron gate marked with “No Tres­pass­ing” and “Pri­vate Street” signs. The man and woman said they saw peo­ple who were armed, so they armed them­selves and called po­lice, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Their at­tor­ney, Al­bert Watkins, said Mon­day that the cou­ple are long­time civil rights ad­vo­cates and sup­port the mes­sage of the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

“The most im­por­tant thing for them is that their images (hold­ing the guns) don’t be­come the ba­sis for a ral­ly­ing cry for peo­ple who op­pose the Black Lives Mat­ter mes­sage,“Watkins said. “They want to make it re­ally clear that they be­lieve the Black Lives Mat­ter mes­sage is im­por­tant.”

Krew­son has faced de­mands for her res­ig­na­tion af­ter a Face­book Live brief­ing on Fri­day where the white mayor read the names of those want­ing to de­fund the po­lice force. The video was re­moved and Krew­son apol­o­gized. Her ac­tions caused a heavy back­lash.

“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, a St. Louis Demo­crat.

Lau­rie Skri­van / St. Louis Post-dis­patch

Mark Mccloskey and his wife, Pa­tri­cia, hold weapons in front of their house Sun­day as protesters march to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krew­son’s home.

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