WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A married couple drew firearms and pointed them at protesters who passed by their home at the upscale Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday night.
- The protesters were on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson to demand her resignation and call for police defunding.
- The married couple argued that they were only protecting their property since the protesters breached their gated neighborhood.
A white couple drew firearms and started pointing them at a group of protesters who passed by their home at the upscale Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday night.
The group of about 300 protesters was on their way to the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson to demand her resignation.
The mayor drew heavy criticism after a Facebook Live briefing in which she stated the names and addresses of residents who wrote letters suggesting to defund the police department. It was seen as a move meant to intimidate and silence dissent.
According to a local NBC affiliate, the married couple confronted the protesters after they breached a gate in the neighborhood.
At around 6 p.m. local time, the man can be seen standing barefoot on his porch while brandishing a semi-automatic weapon. Meanwhile, his wife pointed a pistol at the group.
Another video, which was shared on Twitter, showed the woman shouting at protesters while pointing the pistol at them.
Some protesters urged their fellow participants to move away from the couple’s house and back into the street to de-escalate the situation.
The couple argued that they were only defending their home, which was featured in St. Louis Magazine in August 2018 after a major renovation.
Their home, which was described as “Midwestern palazzo,” showcased a dome gilt ceiling and a curved double staircase made of marble, which led to the second- and third-floor landings.
The couple had proudly told the magazine that “The glass in the windows” was from the second-floor reception hall at the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, Italy, “and the shutters, at least the ironwork, are probably original.”
Source: New York Post