Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Trump Shares Video of Couple Pointing Semi-Automatic Weapon at Protesters

Patricia and Mark Mc Closkey in front of their home in the Central West End.- THEO WELLING Missouri Democratic mayor accused of intimidating defund police protesters after reading names, partial add...
Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 22:28

President Donald Trump retweeted the video, published by ABC News, the following morning.

She's since apologised for what was either an unbelievably boneheaded move or a thinly veiled intimidation tactic aimed at advocates for police reform (my money's on the latter). 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. "The McCloskeys are apparently very proud of their house, welcoming St. Louis Magazine in 2018 for a tour of the Renaissance-style palazzo that was originally built by a Busch heiress and her husband, but it's unclear what prompted them to grab their guns and pop out front, shoeless but armed, to confront nonviolent 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. "To alleviate community relations we demand that Mayor Krewson resign from office and a special election be held to replace her".

Peaceful protesters were walking through the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis on Sunday, June 28. Another called it "a move created to silence dissent".

While emails or letters to elected officials are considered public records in Missouri, the Post-Dispatch reported, these documents and any names or addresses listed on them are usually released to the public only after a records request.

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But her apology was not enough to quell the demonstrations.

"As a leader, you don't do stuff like that ... it's only right that we visit her at her home", said state representative Rasheen Aldridge, speaking into a megaphone at the protest on Sunday.

The owners of the "Midwestern palazzo" on a private street had undergone a decades-long renovation to bring the home back to its original glory. They chanted "keep moving" to keep each other from being derailed by the armed couple.

"Let's go, let's go, let's go", he shouted.