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Lyda Krewson: Calls for Resignation Rise After Mayor of St. Louis Releases Names Calling for Police Reform

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The protest came after Krewson read the names and addresses of those calling for police reform in a live Facebook video on Friday, the affiliate reported.

Friday, during the video briefing, the mayor was questioned about a meeting with demonstrators outside the town hall. In response, Krewson read aloud letters submitted to him by protesters, “including the names and partial and full addresses of those calling St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department“, KMOV reported.

Krewson released a statement later today, saying the names and addresses she had read were public information, the branch said.

“It is shocking and ill-advised for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis to release the addresses of those who dare to express a different point of view on a matter of public interest”, ACLU statement:. “It serves no purpose other than intimidation. We are stronger when we encourage an open dialogue. The cooling of the debate should disturb everyone, whether or not he agrees with the mayor on this issue particular. ”

In a tweet on Friday, the mayor apologized and said that she didn’t want to hurt anyone.

“I would like to apologize for identifying people who presented letters to me today at City Hall. It was during one of my Facebook updates while I was answering questions from routine, “Krewson said in a tweet. “I never intended to hurt anyone or cause distress. The update is removed and I apologize again.”

Despite calls for his resignation on Sunday evening, Krewson will not resign.

“The mayor apologized, admitted the error and that there was absolutely no malicious intent, and withdrew the video,” the mayor’s communications director, Jacob Long, told CNN on Sunday evening. “She will not resign.”

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