St Louis couple point guns at protesters

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

A march to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home over the weekend through St. Louis led to an ominous confrontation between peaceful protesters and a white couple at one of the residences along the way.

Social media users were quick to bestow the "Karen" and "Ken" monikers usually reserved for entitled white people upon the couple, lumping them in with the similarly armed white protesters who have descended upon statehouses and capitals in recent weeks to protest the injustice of being forced to wear masks in public.

Krewon has faced demands for her resignation after a Facebook Live briefing on Friday where the white mayor read the names of those wanting to defund the police force.

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.

A phone call to their law firm went unanswered and requests for comment sent to the firm and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department weren't immediately returned.

The protesters were in the Central West End, on Lake St. Louis protesting Mayor Lyda Krewson, who doxxed BLM protesters during a Facebook Live event.

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For weeks, massive crowds in St. Louis - like those in cities across the United States - have rallied against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The video has gone viral, tallying more than 8 million views.

She was elected as St. Louis' first female mayor in 2017 after vowing to reduce crime and improve impoverished neighbourhoods in the city. Following a number of tense confrontations over the weekend, more than 40,000 people signed an online petition calling on Krewson to resign. "It's a move created to silence dissent, and it's unsafe". The video was removed and Krewson apologized the same day, saying she didn't intend to cause distress.

No charges were brought against them.

As the group moved by their home, the couple with the firearms appeared on their back porch and told the activists to move on.

In response, Krewson picked up a stack of letters they had given her and read them, making sure to include their names and their streets.

"As a leader, you don't do stuff like that ... it's only right that we visit her at her home", State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St.

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