A man and a woman have been filmed brandishing guns at protesters who swarmed at the edge of their property, after a group of Black Lives Matter activists crashed the gates into a rich neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.”
A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood #StLouis#lydakrewsonpic.twitter.com/ZJ8a553PAU
While none of the videos show anyone actually trespassing on their property, some of the activists were standing at the edge of the lawn, recording the couple while some reportedly were taunting them, saying, “eat the rich.”
God the other angle didn’t even do couple in St. Louis justice. She came down looking for an excuse to shoot someone.pic.twitter.com/EZ1KH6HvlD
The couple shouted at the protesters, ordering them to leave their property, while at times pointing their guns at the crowd.
Residents bring out guns against peaceful marchers in St Louis, Mo #respectis#expectus#stlouis#lydakrewsonpic.twitter.com/blBOtWjMWS
The group of protesters apparently crashed the gate into the neighborhood, as the incident took place on a private street, Portland Place, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In this livestream footage you can clearly see the STL black lives matter mob entered through the gate to a private community. This was not a public sidewalk. https://t.co/NeKHgTBWEupic.twitter.com/UdYq3pGtlb
The St. Louis couple’s place is on the National Historic Register. It’s protected by the President’s executive order against the defilement of historical sites and statues. The more you know. pic.twitter.com/VLHmxdiEri
Rich white folx in CWE big mad when you come by unannounced. I’m not supposed to be used to people pointing guns at me. I would waste time debating the legality of all this but she would never get prosecuted anyway. #ResignLyda#STL#Sunday#StandYourGround#CastleDoctrinepic.twitter.com/YuFisV47Dt
The crowd then proceeded to rally outside of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house, pushing through police barricades to the yard and the front porch, and painted the word ‘RESIGN’ on the street outside the house.
That’s a rifle. Assault is an action. And I agree that they’re not handling their weapons properly.
Protesters are demanding her resignation in part for publicly revealing the names of several Black Lives Matter activists behind calls to defund police and close a local jail. Demonstrators have been marching in St. Louis for weeks as part of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism, triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
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