ST. LOUIS – A white couple pointed guns at demonstrators in Saint-Louis as a group headed for the mayor’s home to demand his resignation.
A video on social networks showed the armed couple standing in front of their big house on Sunday evening in the chic Central West End of Missouri city.
In the video, the unidentified couple yelled at the protesters, while the people on the march pushed the crowd forward, urging participants to ignore them.
It was not immediately clear if the St. Louis police were aware of the incident. An email and telephone call from the Associated Press to the police were not immediately answered.
The group of at least 500 people was heading to the house of Mayor Lyda Krewson, chanting, “Resignation Lyda, take the cops with you,” media reports said.
The resignation requests come after a live Facebook briefing on Friday, where Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting he refuse police.
The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized on Friday, saying it did not “intend to cause distress.”
The names and letters are considered public documents, but Krewson’s actions have received a severe backlash.
An online petition calling for his resignation had more than 43,000 signatures Monday morning.
“As a leader, you don’t do things like that … it’s only fair that we visit him at his home,” said state official Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis, speaking into a megaphone during the Sunday demonstration.