LONGTIME lawmaker Lyda Krewson has been the mayor of St Louis since 2017, but she is facing pressure to step down.
Here is more on the city leader and the recent chaotic sequence of events.
Who is Lyda Krewson?
The Iowa native is the first female mayor of St Louis and the 46th overall.
She won the election after pledging to work to reduce crime and improve poor neighborhoods.
Krewson, who is 66, previously served as alderman for 20 years.
Why do protesters want her to resign?
Krewson angered residents by reading aloud the names and addresses of some who wrote letters calling for defunding the police department.
Protesters have called for departments to be defunded around the country in wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
The city of Minneapolis has already taken steps to eliminate its police department.
Black Lives Matter protesters argued reading out the names and addresses put their lives in danger.
Hundreds of people marched toward her home on Sunday night and chanted, “Resign, Lyda! Take the cops with you!”
In addition, an online petition started over the weekend calling for her to step down.
It has generated more than 40,000 signatures.
The backlash came even though the names and letters are considered public records.
“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 march.
The mayor would apologize for her actions.
What happened during the march?
A wealthy couple pointed guns at the protesters as they walked toward the mayor’s home to demand her resignation on Sunday night.
Mark McCloskey told KMOV that he and wife Patricia were facing an “angry mob” on their private street and feared for their safety.
“A mob of at least 100 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 for our lives,” he told the TV station.
He added: “This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets.”
“I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds, our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed.”
Police said the couple told the marchers to leave because they were on a private street.
However, some people in the crowd yelled obscenities and threats, police said.
McCloskey and his wife said they saw people who were armed, so they armed themselves and called police.
He could be seen holding a long-barreled gun while his wife stood next to him with a handgun.
An investigation is ongoing, but police called it a case of trespassing and assault by intimidation against the couple by the protesters in the racially diverse crowd.
What happened to Krewson’s first husband?
Jeff Krewson was killed during a carjacking attempt in 1995.
Lyda Krewson and her two young children were also in the car in front of their home when Jeff was killed.
“With the support of family, friends, and many great neighbors, Krewson raised her two kids and continued to live in her home in the Central West End,” reads her bio.
Krewson would later marry longtime TV news reporter Mike Owens.
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