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Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor's home

A couple draws firearms on protesters one of whom holds a video camera and microphone, as they enter their neighbourhood in St Louis Missouri Wealthy White 'Ken and Karen' Point Guns at 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Outside Their Ritzy Mansion: WATCH
Deanna Wagner | 30 June, 2020, 22:33

The marchers were calling for the resignation of Mayor Lyda Krewson, who had earlier posted a Facebook video of her reading letters from constituents advocating for defunding the police - complete with their full names and partial address information.

"A mob of at least 100 [protesters] smashed through the historic wrought-iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside, and put us in fear of our lives", he said.

"His point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters, who are oftentimes demonised", McEnany said.

"My clients, though, had to deal with comments that were from two individuals that were perpetrating these acts of violence and, not charging, but coming toward them and doing so in a fashion that was threatening, menacing and in a fashion inconsistent with the Black Lives Matter message".

Peaceful protesters were walking through the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis on Sunday, June 28.

When you damage private property and trespass, you cease to be engaged in peaceful protest, says nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch.

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Opinion polls show the Republican Trump trailing his likely Democratic rival in the November 3 election, former vice-president Joe Biden, and an increasing number of Americans sympathising with protesters and support policing reforms.

Based on the couple's account, police called the incident a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation, according to the incident summary.

"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault", Gardner said. "There are no public sidewalks or public streets". They live in a Renaissance palazzo mansion that was featured in St. Louis Magazine several years ago after a renovation. I was terrified that we'd be murdered within seconds, our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed.

"We were all alone facing an angry mob", said the man, who apparently refused to allow his name to be published. He retweeted a video from ABC News that didn't really take a stance on the matter.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said Monday she is investigating after husband and wife lawyers brandished a handgun and a rifle at protesters passing their home on a private street.

There have been nationwide calls to defund the police following the death of George Floyd after white officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck. Floyd, who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.