Missouri Democratic mayor accused of intimidating defund police protesters after reading names, partial addresses on livestream

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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.

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.

In a statement Friday evening, Krewson, a Democrat, apologized for causing any “distress or harm to anyone” but said the names and streets the protesters lived on were already “public information.”

“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. While this is public information, never did I intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize,” the mayor said in a statement on Facebook later Friday.

About 50 people marched from the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, a city jail also known as the “Workhouse,” to City Hall on Friday to find the gates had been locked.

Krewson and Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards came outside to greet the protesters, who demanded inmates held under “inhumane” conditions be released. They also used a megaphone to communicate their desire that the city reduce funding for jails, police and prosecutors, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Toward the end of her coronavirus briefing on Facebook Live later in the day, Krewson answered a question about the protesters and explained that some had handed her suggestions for the city’s budget.

“They presented some papers to me about how they wanted the budget to be spent,” Krewson said, holding a pile of crumpled papers. “Here’s one that wants $... (Read more)

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