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A white couple pointed guns at protesters in Saint-Louis when a group was heading to the mayor’s home to demand his resignation.

A video on social networks showed the armed couple 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 as the protesters pushed the crowd forward, urging participants to ignore them.

We see the woman pointing a handgun at the crowd. A man is seen holding a gun.

The video was shared thousands of times on social media on Sunday evening, notes KMOV-TV, a subsidiary of CBS St. Louis.

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 in which Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting that she would cancel the police service.

The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized on Friday, saying it did not “intend to cause distress.”

But a Krewson spokesperson told KMOV that she would not resign. “She has apologized, admits that she made a mistake and has absolutely no intention of resigning,” said the spokeswoman.

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.

KMOV said St. Louis’ elder Megan Ellyia Green tweeted, “So it’s not cool to get my constituents supporting #DefundThePolice on your live FB. It’s a gesture designed to silence dissent and it’s dangerous.”

Doxing refers to the disclosure of private or publicly identifiable information with malicious intent, explained KMOV.

The Missouri ACLU released a statement saying that what Krewson had done was “shocking and wrong”, adding that reading the information out loud “is no more than intimidation”, according to KMOV.

St. Louis City treasurer Tishaura Jones also tweeted, saying that “the mayor’s actions not only endanger his citizens, they are also reckless,” echoing calls for Krewson’s resignation.

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