Couple point guns at protesters in St Louis outside their mansion

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

The statute, officially titled "use of force in defense of persons", also says a person doesn't "have a duty to retreat from a dwelling, residence, or vehicle where the person is not unlawfully entering or unlawfully remaining" and "from private property that is owned or leased by such individual".

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has apologized after reading the names and partial addresses of at least 10 protesters calling to defund the police during a Facebook Live briefing on coronavirus. It serves no apparent objective beyond intimidation.

In a tweet Friday, the mayor apologized and said she didn't mean to hurt anyone.

In an effort to be transparent and accessible to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, for more than three months now I have been doing tri-weekly community updates on Facebook. Aldermember Megan Ellyia Green said, "So not cool to doxx my constituents who support #DefundThePolice on your FB live today". "The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue".

"So who are the real thugs, when people took to the street to address injustice in our city and local leaders", he wrote on social media.

While emails or letters to elected officials are considered public records in Missouri, the Post-Dispatch reported, these documents and any names or addresses listed on them are usually only released to the public following a records request. "It's a move created to silence dissent, and it's risky". She also read suggestions submitted by the demonstrators, many of which called for defunding the police. While this is public information, I did not intend to cause distress or harm to anyone.

"Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters and comment cards to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize". As the magazine described in 2018, they spent years obsessing over a 45-foot-high limestone dome, a house organ so large its pipes lead to the basement and chandeliers fitted with Tiffany shades, one of them a "perfect copy" of a fixture hanging from the Pisa Cathedral.

Those calling for her resignation accused the mayor of intimidating protesters through "doxxing", the Internet-based practice of publishing someone's personal information as a vehicle for revenge via the violation of privacy.

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