Trump shares video of white couple pointing guns at St Louis protesters
Jun 30 2020
A man is seen holding a rifle.
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.
Amid ongoing nationwide protests to demand that police be held accountable for the violence they disproportionately exert against people of color, demonstrators in St. Louis had been moving peacefully through the city's wealthy Forest Park neighborhood on Sunday evening to demand the resignation of Mayor Lyda Krewson.
U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted the first video amid a string of other anti-protester tweets on Monday morning.
In the video, the unidentified couple shouted at protestors, while people in the march moved the crowd forward, urging participants to ignore them.
Protesters in the United States have been pushing to " defund the police " since the death of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of police.
"In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook", the mayor's statement read. "Tonight, I would like to apologize 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". Last week she doxxed Black Lives Matter protesters live on air, reading out the names and addresses of those advocating for the defunding of the police. "It's a move created to silence dissent, and it's risky".
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." .
As they made their way to a rally at Krewson's house on Lake Avenue, they passed by 1 Portland Place, a gargantuan, white marble home that St. Louis magazine said had once been called "St. Louis' most dazzling mansion". 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. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed.
The protesters were calling for her resignation.
The video was subsequently removed from Facebook, with Mayor Krewson issuing an apology, saying that she didn't "intend to cause distress".
The first-term Democrat had publicly released the names and addresses of some fellow activists, and now they wanted to bring their demonstration to her door.